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Survey: 1 in 3 women affected by partner's violent behavior
Nearly one in four women said they had been subjected to "severe physical violence" by an intimate partner.
December 16th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

Survey: 1 in 3 women affected by partner's violent behavior

By Ashley Hayes, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) - More than one in three women have experienced sexual assault, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.

The same is true for more than one in four men, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. The survey, released Wednesday, was based on telephone interviews with more than 16,500 adults in 2010.

Supported by the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense, the survey was aimed at better describing and monitoring "the magnitude of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence victimization in the United States," the CDC said. The report is the first of its kind to provide data on national and state levels, the agency said.

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December 13th, 2011
12:21 PM ET

More women in combat, more moms with PTSD

By Kyra Phillips and Michael Cary, CNN

Palo Alto, California (CNN) - It wasn't until five months after Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned from the Iraq war in 2003 that her real battle began. The horrors of the war - witnessing decapitated and burned bodies amid mass destruction - led to post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I do notice when I'm stressing out that I start having dreams about what I saw and how I felt," says Moss, now 40 and retired from the Army. "It does come back as if to haunt you."

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Justices accept Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration law
Arizona's tough immigration law has sparked demonstrations by supporters and opponents.
December 12th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Justices accept Arizona's appeal over controversial immigration law

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

(CNN) - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Arizona can enforce its controversial immigration law, over the strong objections of the Obama administration.

The justices made the announcement in a brief order Monday.

Federal courts had blocked key parts of the state's Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, known as SB 1070. Arizona had argued illegal immigration was creating financial hardships and safety concerns for its residents and that the federal government has long failed to control the problem.

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Filed under: How we live • Immigration • Latino in America • Politics
December 12th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Tori Spelling’s tips on raising diversity conscious kids

Actress Tori Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, created "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood", which premiered November 29 at 10/9c on Oxygen.

The family plays and works together. Tori, Dean, Stella, and Liam show viewers what a family living and working in Hollywood is all about.

When CNN asked them about their children being exposed to ethnic diversity, Spelling said she often jokes that one day when they are old enough to even realize there is ethnic diversity, "they won't even know the differences because it all seems normal."

"Hopefully that next generation won't have to go through not being able to come out, being bullied, because everyone will think that this is just the way [they] were raised, everything is the norm," Spelling said.

December 12th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Lowe's pulls advertising from TLC's 'All-American Muslim'

(CNN) - Lowe's has pulled its advertising from the reality TV show "All-American Muslim," which the retail store called a "lightning rod."

"All-American Muslim" is an eight-part series that follows five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan.

"Lowe's has received a significant amount of communication on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program," the company said in a statement Saturday.

"We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance."

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Opinion: On Mrs. Long and Mrs. Cain: What's a woman to do?
Recent weeks can't have been easy for Gloria Cain, the wife of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
December 12th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Opinion: On Mrs. Long and Mrs. Cain: What's a woman to do?

Editor’s Note: George Alexander is an author, journalist and television producer.

By George Alexander, Special to CNN

“Should I stay or should I go?” The British punk band The Clash made that line popular back in 1982. And right now this lyric seems most fatedly relevant to the wives of once Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, and Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta.

Recently, both women have found themselves in the media heat dealing with the dirty stuff of their husbands’ alleged past bad behavior.

Former New York State first lady Michelle Paige Paterson, the first African-American to serve in that position in New York and with whom I’m working on a memoir, “The Governor’s Wife,” shares in the book her timely thoughts on being married to a powerful man. Bottom line: It ain’t easy. Men with powerful positions and money are in many ways walking aphrodisiacs, according to Paterson. The fact that many of these powerful men spend a great deal of time away from their families and home only adds to the challenge of staying faithful.

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December 11th, 2011
05:45 AM ET

Indonesian immigrants targeted for deportation

Two years ago, Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of The Reformed Church in Highland Park, New Jersey, made an agreement with authorities which allowed a community of Indonesians to live and work legally in the United States. The Indonesians were able to stay and work, but the authorities warned the permission could be revoked.

Kaper-Dale says that more than 70 of the Indonesians recently received deportation warning letters from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stating that they might be deported.

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December 9th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Macy's employee fired for violation of store LGBT policy

A Macy's employee in Texas,  Natalie Johnson, claims she was fired for preventing a transgender customer from changing in the women's fitting room.

"I made sure to keep an eye on him because he was shopping for women's clothing," remembered Johnson.

Johnson told CNN affiliate KSAT that she has filed a complaint saying that her religious beliefs prevent her from recognizing transgender people.

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December 2nd, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Can a former skinhead erase the hate?

"I changed my heart years ago," Bryon Widner said.

Widner was former skinhead and neo-nazi, covered in racist tattoos and filled with hate. He had a change of heart, though, and sought to remove the tattoos - a way to show on the outside how he'd changed inside.

He is now starting a new life with his wife and children, although his family is still sometimes harassed, and many wonder whether he could really change.

"The only way to defeat hate is through love," Widner said.

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December 2nd, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Adopted kids taken from gay father

Chandler Burr, an American father, is fighting the Colombian government for custody  his adoptive sons after authorities discovered he is gay.

Burr met the boys in 2009, and he said they know he's gay. But a Colombian judge said Burr wasn't upfront about his sexual orientation while the adoption was taking place. "Just as Burr had the right to know about the children," the judge said in a statement, "the children had the right to know who the person adopting them really is."

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