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Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who […]

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse […]

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Public trust in business, government and media leaders has fallen in the wake of financial and political scandals, according to a new global survey. Heads of financial institutions did particularly poorly, mainly in richer countries that have suffered financial crises and fined banks for, among other things, manipulating markets and facilitating money-laundering. The 2013 edition […]

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ backfires, leaves five people wounded in ‘accidental shootings’

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ backfires, leaves five people wounded in ‘accidental shootings’

A publicity stunt cooked up by a Republican consulting firm to show support for unlimited gun ownership backfired Saturday when gun accidents injured five people in “accidental” shootings on Gun Appreciation Day. In Ohio, a 62 year old man went to the hospital with bullet injuries in his arm and leg after a firearms dealer […]

Finally, a little emotion from Lance Armstrong

Finally, a little emotion from Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong finally cracked. Not while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night’s second part of Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. It wasn’t over the $75 million in sponsorship deals that evaporated over the course of two days, or having to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity […]

Armstrong admits doping, says he is ‘a flawed man’

Armstrong admits doping, says he is ‘a flawed man’

He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. He was light on the details and didn’t name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his “fate was sealed” when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who […]

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it. George Washington’s remarks the second time around were admirably succinct — only 135 words — but hardly qualify as an address. Thomas Jefferson, who laid out a masterful brief on democracy at […]

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. After years of bitter and forceful denials, he offered a simple “I’m sorry” to friends and colleagues and then admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during an extraordinary cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, just […]

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

A month after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, some Newtown parents say the building should be demolished, while others believe the school should be renovated and the areas where the killings occurred removed. Talk has turned to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School as life slowly begins moving forward […]

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas. Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that […]