After 50 years, progress & challenge in Appalachia

After 50 years, progress & challenge in Appalachia

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study. The exhaustive report ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites progress in some […]

Why mothers oppose vaccinations of children

Why mothers oppose vaccinations of children

One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles outbreak traced to Disneyland. […]

Train derailments a major threat in fuel hauling

Train derailments a major threat in fuel hauling

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection comes from a […]

America may delay military exit from Afghanistan

America may delay military exit from Afghanistan

  The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also […]

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question — “What’s a Democrat?” — and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party’s dismal showing in the 2014 election. “I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said […]

Scott Walker doubts Obama’s love of America

Scott Walker doubts Obama’s love of America

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican contender for the White House in 2016, said Saturday he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama loves his country. “You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never […]

Honoring the memory of Malcolm X

Honoring the memory of Malcolm X

  Activists, actors and politicians gathered Saturday in New York City to honor civil rights leader Malcolm X with a ceremony at the Harlem site where he was assassinated 50 years ago. About 300 people converged to hear remarks from one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, as well as elected officials. The ceremony […]

Eggs, coffee OK for healthy diet

Eggs, coffee OK for healthy diet

An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables. Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse […]

Obama mixes politics with monument designation

Obama mixes politics with monument designation

Officially, President Barack Obama came home to Chicago on Thursday to designate a new national monument. But you’d be forgiven for mistaking the visit for a campaign event for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Obama’s visit to the area near the Pullman National Monument on the city’s South Side put a spotlight on Emanuel, who served as […]

Presidential aspirations rule at governors meet

Presidential aspirations rule at governors meet

Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend’s meeting of the National Governors Association. It’s the presidential politics being played in the hallways and private rooms that may matter most. Around panel discussions on cybersecurity and education reform, several state executives will spend much of the NGA’s winter meeting looking ahead at 2016. […]

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