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Hiring rises in February

Hiring rises in February

Employers probably hired more workers in February than in any month since May last year, recovering from extreme winter weather and raising hopes the economic recovery has gathered critical momentum. Nonfarm payrolls increased 185,000, according to a Reuters survey, after a measly 36,000 jobs in January. The survey was conducted before strong signals this week […]

A new way to bare all in therapy

A new way to bare all in therapy

Patients visiting therapists are expected to bare their souls but when they visit Manhattan therapist Sarah White, she bares herself. While her patients, mostly men, White strips as they talk until they are talking to New York’s self-proclaimed “naked therapist.” “For men especially, who are less likely than women to go to therapy, it is […]

Fewer teenagers getting it on

Fewer teenagers getting it on

Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows, and theories abound for why they’re doing it less. Experts say this generation may be more cautious than their predecessors, more aware of sexually spread diseases. Or perhaps emphasis on abstinence in the past decade has had some influence. Or maybe they’re just […]

So many budget claims, so few facts

So many budget claims, so few facts

It sounds like a pretty good starting point for negotiations: The White House and Capitol Hill Democrats say they’re ready to meet the GOP halfway in the latest round of budget talks, offering $50 billion in cuts compared with Republicans’ proposed $100 billion worth of reductions. “The White House has been willing to move halfway […]

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

  A community college student who says he’s never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil change on his car in October discovered the […]

Uh oh! Church scholars tamper with Bible’s language

Uh oh! Church scholars tamper with Bible’s language

A new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes for words such as “booty” and “holocaust” to better reflect modern understanding, a Catholic group said on Wednesday. Nearly 50 scholars from all faiths and a committee of Roman Catholic bishops have labored since 1994 over the first fresh edition of the […]

Supremes side with anti-gay church over military funeral protests

Supremes side with anti-gay church over military funeral protests

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a grieving father’s pain over mocking protests at his Marine son’s funeral must yield to First Amendment protections for free speech. All but one justice sided with a fundamentalist church that has stirred outrage with raucous demonstrations contending God is punishing the military for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. […]

GOP wins first budget battle, but long, bitter war remains

GOP wins first budget battle, but long, bitter war remains

Republicans won an early round Wednesday in their fight to shrink the government, pushing $4 billion in spending cuts through Congress in a bill that puts off the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks. Largely a spectator so far, President Barack Obama dispatched his vice president to initiate negotiations on a broader, longer-term […]

Why the White House is tempering its stance on Libya

Why the White House is tempering its stance on Libya

  The Obama administration is tempering its tough talk on Libya with a dose of reality, explaining that even a no-fly zone over the country would require a military attack on Moammar Gadhafi‘s regime. The Pentagon made it clear that it didn’t want war. Statements Wednesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State […]

Bernanke: GOP budget cuts would cost 200,000 jobs

Bernanke: GOP budget cuts would cost 200,000 jobs

Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday a Republican spending cut plan would not cause a big dent to U.S. economic growth, but could cost around 200,000 jobs over two years. That estimate is at odds with losses of as much as 700,000 cited by Democrats but also clashes with forecasts of job gains Republicans have […]