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November 11, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
November 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Pixie dust is sprinkling its way throughout Hollywood in the form of pixie haircuts, with Jennifer Lawrence being the latest celeb to bid adieu to her flowing long locks and say hello to the elfin look. The star of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" debuted the chop - that recently claimed Pamela Anderson , Kristin Chenoweth and Beyonce - on Wednesday. A photo of the Oscar-winning franchise queen du jour was posted on her official Facebook page with the caption: "Headed up north for #GLOBALFANDAY with The Hunger Games Catching Fire cast.
October 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
For many months, people in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya have arisen with uncertainty: the unknown of whether, or how much, they would eat. "You wake up in the morning and your only concern is to find something to eat," Qusai Zakarya, 27, a member of the town's opposition council, said by Skype. "Perhaps today we won't find food, or perhaps we will find a handful of vegetables and can make some salad. " Weighing hunger against the risk of shelling or sniper fire by Syrian government forces, some venture to the town's outer fields and orchards to forage for vegetables and herbs.
October 9, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
“Allegiant,” the last book in Veronica Roth's “Divergent” series for young adult readers, is winning the Hunger Games. Or rather, against them; the 25-year-old author's still-unreleased finale for the trilogy is outselling the “Hunger Games” finale in its first month of preorders by a factor of five to one at Amazon, the company announced this week. The dystopic YA trend shows no signs of slowing down, and Veronica Roth seems to have caught it at the right moment. Her heroine, Tris, is poised to overtake both “Twilight” star Bella Swan and “Hunger Games'" Katniss in a contest for readers' hearts.
October 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers grilled state prison officials about controversial isolation units Wednesday, saying policies allowing long-term solitary confinement of inmates are "beyond the pale. " The hearing was an outgrowth of a two-month hunger strike that began in July and involved thousands of inmates protesting prison conditions. "The issues that were raised during the hunger strike are real," said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley). " They cannot be ignored. " There are slightly more than 4,000 inmates in isolation units at four prisons, according to state Inspector General Robert Barton.
October 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With the drumbeats building for the release of the second movie in the "Hunger Games" franchise -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens Nov. 22 -- it seems reasonable for the film's cast to be shaping up their future plans. Star Jennifer Lawrence will soon be seen in "American Hustle," which reteams her with director David O. Russell and costar Bradley Cooper from "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won a lead actress Oscar. The 23-year-old could likely have her pick of pretty much any project and filmmaker pairing she wants, and it now looks as if she will be reteaming with Gary Ross, director of the first "Hunger Games" (but not the sequel)
October 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Fans of Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games" have to wait until late November to see the second installment in its film adaptation, but at least they can secure their spots: Advance tickets for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are now on sale. "The Hunger Games" is the bestselling dystopia written for young adults that has been translated spectacularly to the screen, with Jennifer Lawrence as the underdog heroine Katniss Everdeen. Readers of  "Catching Fire" know they can expect to see Katniss and her sort-of-beau Peeta Mellark tour the districts of their dystopian world, and discover that a dangerous rebellion is stirring.
September 23, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot went on a hunger strike Monday to protest what she said were unbearable conditions at a Russian prison camp. "I demand that human rights be observed in the [prison] colony; I demand that this camp ... abide by the law," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote in an open letter distributed by her husband. "I demand that we be treated as humans and not as slaves. " In late 2012, Tolokonnikova, 24, and two other members of Pussy Riot , Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were each sentenced to two years of imprisonment for inciting religious hatred.
September 16, 2013 | By Bob Dole and Tom Daschle
One of the biggest pieces of business Congress has yet to resolve is the farm bill, legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Unfortunately, the process to reauthorize this crucial bill has taken a sharp and disheartening turn this year. The Senate and the House are in a standoff over extremely different versions of it with a deadline looming this month. At stake is the ability of millions of Americans who still struggle in our economy to provide adequate and healthy meals for their children and families.
September 12, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California inmates end their long hunger strike after the Assembly agrees to hold hearings on prison conditions. There -- that was easy. ALSO: Sacramento's prison deal America's Cup: Huge egos, fast boats Getting California's bullet train back on track Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall    
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