Meagan Good as Det. Lara Vega.

Forecasting tech in the 2060s

This fall, Fox is bringing Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie “Minority Report” to the small screen. Adapting the Tom Cruise-led film for television involved figuring out how to improve upon the innovative technology featured in the movie’s futuristic setting and determining a workable narrative structure.

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Supreme Court says no to BP appeal of oil spill settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear BP’s appeal of the agreement forcing the company to pay billions of dollars to businesses deemed hurt in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. That means the oil giant must continue to make the payments under the agreement it signed after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone aboard Air Force One, July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama’s role in Ferguson is complicated

Questions about where and when Obama should weigh in, and what he should say about race and policing, persist. As the first African-American president, Obama, who is often looked to for reassurance in poor and minority communities, confronts expectations that are different from any previous president.

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J. Herbie DiFonzo: Federalism and legal marijuana

The federal government should listen to the same popular voices that the states have heard. Marijuana is a drug of choice for millions, which like alcohol may be used moderately or abused. But for those afflicted with the many serious illnesses for which marijuana supplies substantial relief, it is a drug of compassion.

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Ferguson and Garner cases hurt U.S. foreign policy

More than 50 years after Birmingham, America’s race problems are again front-page news, from London to Baghdad, Beijing to Tehran — and trumpeted to the remotest mountaintops via Arab-language radio and television stations. Russia, China and ISIS are all crowing on social media about American “hypocrisy.”

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Report: Young people worldwide see challenges, opportunities

A new report by the United Nations says that up to 60 percent of young people in developing regions are not working or in school. More than 500 million of them survive on less than $2 per day with little means to rise out of their situation. Young women are disproportionately affected by poverty.