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Mattel gets pass on safety checks

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

The nation’s biggest toy maker, Mattel Inc., is getting another exemption on federal safety rules even as smaller companies struggle with testing costs imposed after a rash of Mattel toy…

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the Securities and Exchange Commission following reports that senior agency staffers spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were supposed…

How an insurance company targets cancellations

How an insurance company targets cancellations

Shortly after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. There was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los…

Health care costs will go up, up, up

Health care costs will go up, up, up

President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going…

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

While lawyers for Goldman Sachs worked overtime to avoid civil fraud charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm’s CEO visited the White House four times. In addition, the…

Bad economy equals drop in motorcycle deaths

Bad economy equals drop in motorcycle deaths

After a decade of steady increases, motorcyclist deaths nose-dived last year, possibly due to bikers watching their budgets in a sour economy. The study, set for release Thursday, indicates a…

An ex-con named Vick returns to Virginia Tech

An ex-con named Vick returns to Virginia Tech

Former Virginia Tech quarterback — and convicted felon — Michael Vick returns to Virginia Tech this weekend and will sell his autograph for $25 to $30 a pop. His return…

Gun law changes dooms DC voting rights

Gun law changes dooms DC voting rights

For some residents of the nation’s capital, a bill to give them a voting member of Congress wasn’t worth the price: severely weakened gun laws. “As much as I want…

Poll: Americans now prefer American cars

Poll: Americans now prefer American cars

After a long romance with foreign rivals, America’s love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars. Slightly more Americans now say…

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Pushing forward with one of his most consequential decisions, President Barack Obama has begun informal talks with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. And now he is reaching out to…