Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Experts on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act are telling Congress that the law remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama‘s promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration’s transparency. John Podesta, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says in testimony prepared for the Senate […]

Major quake would devastate California

Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science. Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving […]

Fatcat GOP donors taking ‘wait and see’ approach

Fatcat GOP donors taking ‘wait and see’ approach

The potential White House candidates need cash. But donors aren’t eager to shell out until the hopeful prove they’re credible. Which they can’t — until they have the cash lined up to start their campaigns. This helps explain why the 2012 Republican primary race has yet to begin in earnest. “It’s a little sluggish. The […]

Fuel rods fully exposed Japan at nuke power plant

Fuel rods fully exposed Japan at nuke power plant

A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor have been fully exposed. The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant — the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down. The other two reactors at the plant are facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them […]

Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker’s move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Request rebuffed, they asked for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. So far, however, the White House has […]

Japan struggles with nuclear meltdown threat

Japan struggles with nuclear meltdown threat

Japanese officials were struggling Sunday with a growing nuclear crisis and the threat of multiple meltdowns, as more than 170,000 people were evacuated from the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where police fear more than 10,000 people may have already died. A partial meltdown was already likely under way at one nuclear reactor, a top […]

Tsunami surge devastates struggling California town

Tsunami surge devastates struggling California town

Harbor crews are assessing the damage caused by powerful tsunami surges that pounded this northern California port of Cresent City, sinking or damaging dozens of boats and wreaking havoc on port facilities. “This harbor is the lifeblood of our community,” Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson said as he scanned the wreckage from waves touched […]

Carnival cruise line hit by rising fuel prices

Carnival cruise line hit by rising fuel prices

Cruise operator Carnival Corp. cut its full-year earnings outlook Friday because of rising fuel prices and itinerary changes in the Middle East and North Africa. Carnival also said Friday that its first-quarter earnings will come in at 19 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting for earnings of 20 cents per share. Carnival’s […]

Obama, McConnell agree & disagree on budget cuts

Obama, McConnell agree & disagree on budget cuts

President Barack Obama and the Senate’s top Republican both declared on Friday they want to take on the huge entitlement programs driving America’s long-term deficits — but their lines of attack differed sharply and that could lead to a showdown over government borrowing. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warned that GOP senators would not vote […]