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As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity. A woman pays attention to her iPhone while seated in a Starbucks coffee shop on Dec. 16 in New York.

As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity

(Mark Lennihan/AP) Last week, three female religious leaders — a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopal vicar and a Unitarian reverend — and a male imam, or Muslim prayer leader, walked into the sacred space in front of the ornately-tiled minbar, or pulpit, at the Khadeeja Islamic Center in West Valley City, Utah. The women were smiling widely, their hair covered with swaths of bright scarves, to support “Wear a Hijab” day.

The Salt Lake Tribune published a photo of fresh-faced teenage girls, who were not Muslim, in the audience at the mosque, their hair covered with long scarves. KSL TV later reported: “The hijab — or headscarf — is a symbol of modesty and dignity. [Do Muslims and Christians worship the same god? Local acts-of-faith Orlando Shooting Updates News and analysis on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. post_newsletter348 follow-orlando true after3th false Acts of Faith newsletter Asra Q.

Using Math to Calm Fears about Terrorism. How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities : Planet Money. "My family's household income is $250,000 a year, but I promise you I am middle class.

How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities : Planet Money

" That's from a recent article in a college newspaper by a student who grew up in Silicon Valley. And it's the kind of thing you hear pretty often from people who live in expensive parts of the country. That got us thinking: What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States? About the data: We used the family income data from the 2013 American Community Survey. This counts only families, which the government defines as households with two or more people related by birth, marriage or adoption.

The graph focuses on families living in the country's 30 most populous cities. One final note: In the area around San Jose (which includes the heart of Silicon Valley), 13 percent of families have annual incomes of $250,000 or more. Confessions of a congressman: 9 secrets from the inside. I am a member of Congress.

Confessions of a congressman: 9 secrets from the inside

I'm not going to tell you from where, or from which party. But I serve, and I am honored to serve. I serve with good people (and some less good ones), and we try to do our best. It's a frustrating, even disillusioning job. The public pretty much hates us. So here are some things I wish the voters knew about the people elected to represent them. 1) Congress is not out of touch with folks back home Congress is only a part-time job in Washington, DC. 2) Congress listens best to money It is more lucrative to pander to big donors than to regular citizens. 3) Almost everyone in Congress loves gerrymandering Without crooked districts, most members of Congress probably would not have been elected. 4) You have no secret ballot anymore The only way political parties can successfully gerrymander is by knowing how you vote.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 5) We don't have a Congress but a parliament. The Big Picture. When will we run out of oil, and what happens then? - HowStuffWorks. Oil is the lifeblood of the modern world, and the combustion engine its indomitable heart.

When will we run out of oil, and what happens then? - HowStuffWorks

In 2009, oil wells around the world pumped an estimated 84 to 85 million barrels out of the Earth, and countries consumed just as much [source: EIA]. At this rate, how long can we go on pumping fossil fuels out of the ground without exhausting our supplies? Naturally, we can't tap and drain an entire planet's worth of oil from a single well. Countless oil wells pox Earth's surface: some active, some long drained. Each oil well follows a production bell curve, with output rising, stabilizing and then declining to nothing over a period of years. Hubbert also extrapolated his curve to global oil production.

Before this gradual downfall begins, however, we'll reach a point known as peak oil. Individual nations have already reached peak oil. Other estimates are far less severe. What happens after peak oil? More optimistic views of this inevitable post-peak world involve a lot more preparation.