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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Archive: August 1, 2012

PHOTO: There is much debate on the massive amount of money the United States spends on the military.

TAMPA, Fla. - Three U.S. senators visited Tampa this week on a multi-state tour to rally support for sparing the Defense Department from budget cuts. The cuts are set to kick in next year because the congressional "super-committee" didn't agree on an alternative - and the senators warn they'd have ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Chart of energy use.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas recently was ranked last in a national survey of electrical-system reliability, which might not surprise anyone who experienced last summer's rolling blackouts. State regulators are responding to the problem with a plan that kicks in today. They have raised the cap on wholesal ...Read More

PHOTO: Senator Al Franken has introduced a bill that aims to improve the overall quality of programs for infants and toddlers.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has introduced a bill that aims to improve the overall quality of child-care programs for infants and toddlers. It would allow states to use existing appropriations on strategies that have been shown to improve care. Lisa Thompson, a child-care provider a ...Read More

PHOTO: Doctor with a stethoscope.

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire women can count on their health insurance policies to cover a host of new services under new provisions of the Affordable Care Act which kick in today for 47 million women nationwide. Most mammograms and pap smears already were covered under the health-care law, says K ...Read More

LAS VEGAS - A vote could come as early as today in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democrats' latest plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year. Bob Fulkerson, executive director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, says the average Nevadan mak ...Read More

PHOTO: The slaughtering of Canada Geese in New York City, Westchester County, and elsewhere continues to bring protests.

NEW YORK - The slaughter of Canada geese in New York City, Westchester County and elsewhere continues to bring protests from critics who say they agree that the danger the birds pose to airliners is real, but killing the geese is not the answer. After the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson," in which a go ...Read More

PHOTO: Rail cars loaded with coal.

BOISE, Idaho - Supplying coal to Asia could be the next threat to endangered Idaho salmon and steelhead, according to a new report assessing impacts of ramped-up coal train traffic as the industry plans to boost exports through West Coast terminals. Coal trains would travel through Idaho and along ...Read More

PHOTO: Volunteers taking water samples.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If rolling up your sleeves and pant legs in the name of clean water sounds like a worthy effort, the Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter wants you. Through its work with Kentucky Watershed Watch, says Sherry Otto, the chapter’s coordinator and conservation manager, it’s look ...Read More

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