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Fed keeps historic economic stimulus program going, despite expectations

Fed keeps historic economic stimulus program going, despite expectations

The US Federal Reserve building is seen on August 08, 2011 in Washington DC.; Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Despite swirling rumors that they’ll do otherwise, the Federal Reserve is not going to apply the brakes on the government’s $85-billion a month treasury and mortgage bond buying program known as “quantitative easing.” The Fed announced its […]

Battle brewing between Malibu residents and pricey drug rehab centers

Battle brewing between Malibu residents and pricey drug rehab centers

A sign at the entrance to the Eisenhower Medical Center at the Betty Ford Center, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic in Rancho Mirage, California. These rehabilitation centers are scattered throughout the state, but residents of Malibu in particular are taking issue with the number facilities in their city.; Credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images Not all […]

Political Roundup: Capitol Hill heats up and Biden’s Iowa steak fry

Political Roundup: Capitol Hill heats up and Biden’s Iowa steak fry

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Community Leaders Briefing on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Vice President Joe Biden launched two unsuccessful White House bids in 1988 and 2008. He visited to Iowa over the weekend, delivering a keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual […]

BREAKING: Washington navy yard shooting

BREAKING: Washington navy yard shooting

Police tactical units leave after responding to a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, September 16, 2013. A shooting rampage at the Washington naval base claimed at least 12 lives including that of an unidentified gunman, city police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Monday. ; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images At least twelve people […]

Five years after the Lehman collapse, is the financial system safer?

Five years after the Lehman collapse, is the financial system safer?

Two employees of Christie’s auction house move the Lehman Brothers corporate logo, the collapsed investment bank on September 24, 2010.; Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images The bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers is typically seen as the beginning of the unraveling of the U.S. financial system that ultimately ushered in a period of economic contraction not […]

Should schools send ‘fat letters’ to parents?

Should schools send ‘fat letters’ to parents?

Should parents receive letters about their children’s weight? ; Credit: China Photos/Getty Images Some public schools in the country send the results of students’ BMI Screening home to parents that indicate their child’s BMI percentile and weight category. It’s also been referred to as “fat letters,” because it lets parents know if their child is […]

The pros and cons of school dress codes

The pros and cons of school dress codes

Are school uniforms better for students? ; Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images As students across the country settle into their new classes the administrators are going to be paying close attention to what they’re wearing. A string of high profile court cases lately has brought the issue of the school dress code back in focus. Last […]

Do you want fingerprint security to access your smartphone?

Do you want fingerprint security to access your smartphone?

What features would you like to see on the new iPhone? ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In one of Apple’s signature Cupertino events, the technology company unveiled its latest iPhones. One is a cheaper version of the pricey smartphone, called the 5C. The other, which had fevered speculation going for weeks, is the 5S. Today […]

Prison overcrowding relief deal unveiled

Prison overcrowding relief deal unveiled

Governor Brown’s prison overcrowding relief plan is among the bills the legislation has to decide on. ; Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders have announced  a deal on relieving the state’s prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands […]

The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

Visitors try out the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. ; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Samsung has just announced the release of a brand new smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear can take photos and answer phone calls. One […]