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Report tackles student-loan debt

WASHINGTON - The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday suggested possible ways to make private student loans more affordable and easier to refinance.

May 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Applicants lack math skills, employers say

Before job-seekers fill out an application for work making foam products for the aerospace industry at General Plastics Manufacturing Co. in Tacoma, Wash., they have to take a math test.

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Scientists seize on improved climate-model computers

CALVERTON, Md. - Even a century ago, scientists working out equations on paper understood that gases in the atmosphere absorbed and emitted energy, keeping Earth from being a ball of ice. Today they use supercomputers to make increasingly refined predictions about how the Earth's climate wil…

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Obama picks top military adviser

Obama picks top military adviser

WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday announced that a four-star general who commanded troops in Iraq through much of the war, Gen. Martin Dempsey, is his choice to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president's top military adviser.

May 31, 2011 12:00 am Photos



Health, safety fears follow plans to burn oil from Gulf spill

WASHINGTON - Plans to burn hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil from BP's blown-out well are raising new questions about the health and safety of the thousands of workers on nearby rigs and vessels.

June 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
As more time passes, spill to cripple fishing, tourism

As more time passes, spill to cripple fishing, tourism

WASHINGTON - With a quick solution ominously uncertain, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is on track to become an unprecedented economic and environmental disaster with millions of gallons of oil destroying an ecosystem as well as a way of life.

May 12, 2010 12:00 am Photos


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Final pact on reducing global warming hinges on what the US does

WASHINGTON - Negotiators in Copenhagen will try to nail down all the main elements of a treaty to curb global warming in the next two weeks, but a final agreement won't be possible until the United States figures out what it will do to reduce emissions of heat-trapping pollution.

December 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Businesses optimistic about carbon cap

WASHINGTON — One question was on everyone's mind during House committee hearings last week on a new U.S. energy policy: What would it do to the country's jobs?

April 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Republicans making political hay out of greenhouse-gas math

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are trying to convince consumers that the White House and Democratic lawmakers will raise their taxes every time people flick on a light switch.

April 12, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

White House diluted warming testimony, ex-EPA official says

WASHINGTON — The White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office demanded that all mention of how global warming harms human health be cut from testimony to Congress last fall, a former Environmental Protection Agency official said at a news conference Tuesday.

July 09, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Senate OKs withdrawal timetable; veto promised

WASHINGTON — Congress concluded round one of its historic showdown with President Bush on Thursday with the Senate's passage of legislation that requires that troops start coming home by Oct. 1.

April 27, 2007 12:00 amLoading…


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