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As decision nears in Harvard affirmative action case, another legal fight brews in California

In the next few months, a decision is expected in a case involving Harvard University and alleged discrimination against Asian American student applicants. But the University of California system is also facing a similar lawsuit — with allegations that administrators are considering race in admissions even though California bans the practice. A scandal is also raising larger questions about merit in college admissions and who has unfair advantage.

Culture

Oscars' #MeToo dilemma

The job of policing accusations against filmmakers, agents and actors among the academy's members has proved slow and difficult.

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Conflict & Justice

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed for nearly a half century. Now it could be part of the next Egyptian government. It officially advocates sharia law but members have their differences. The World's Ben Gilbert has the story.

Arts, Culture & Media

Fake memoirs

Journalist Blake Eskin talks about the fake holocaust memoir, "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years," and why people write fake memoirs.

Global Politics

Joe Loconte

Pepperdine University public policy fellow Joe Loconte talks about what presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's approach to foreign policy might look like.

Arts, Culture & Media

Grilled cheese

Tim Walker, founder of the First Sixth Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, and Evan George, one of the winners of this year's competition, explain what it takes to participate in a grilled cheese showdown.

Science, Tech & Environment

Deforestation Nations

Cutting down trees releases CO2 and reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed from the air every year. Now, the regional leaders of some tropical and industrialized countries are finding common ground on ways to curb climate change. Living on Earth reports.

Science, Tech & Environment

Obama's Pledge

President-elect Barack Obama says when he takes office the United States will take strong action to combat climate change. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports that leaders and legislators have praised Obama for this promise.

The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely