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Here's our Dec. 14 edition:
This election was the first in the conservative Islamic country's history in which women could vote or run for office. It's a milestone, but it may not do anything to change the status of women, who are denied many basic rights, including being able to drive to the polls or travel without permission from a man.
While the Winter Blues is a real thing, and some people do get depressed around the holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that November and December are actually the months with the fewest suicides.
Researchers from the United Kingdom recently figured out a process so precise that no harmful genes could enter into the mix. The method would allow scientists to create strains like drought-resistant plants, which would have major implications for food security across the world.
It's been three years since the Sandy Hook mass shooting propelled the discourse around gun control to a new level — but it has worked in the favor of gun rights advocates.
Dozens of states including Kansas, Texas and Arkansas have actually made it easier to buy guns. Concealed carry permits for handguns soared from 4.7 million in 2007 to 12.8 million in 2014, and this year's Black Friday saw a record number of background checks (meaning a ton of gun purchases.