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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: March 24, 2014

PHOTO: As grandparents are playing a bigger role in their grandchildren's lives these days, doctors are urging them to be more vigilant about how and where they store their medication. Photo courtesy of cohdra on morguefile.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While grandparents take steps to childproof their homes with gates and outlet covers, a new study finds they too often fail to safeguard a potentially deadly hazard: prescription medication. The report from Safe Kids Worldwide finds that more than a quarter of grandparents who wat ...Read More

PHOTO: As many as 1 in 4 uninsured individuals eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace nationwide are Latino. Photo credit: Eden Pictures
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AUSTIN, Texas - With a major deadline looming for all to have health care coverage or face possible penalties, the race is on to enroll the uninsured. Special focus is on the Latino population. Nationwide, 32 percent of Latinos are uninsured, compared to 16 percent of non-Latinos. In Texas, an estim ...Read More

PHOTO: For the fourth quarter of 2013, some 650 new clean energy jobs were announced in Iowa, fifth highest among US states. Photo Credit: Environmental Entreprenuers

URBANDALE, Iowa - As the Iowa job market continues to bounce back slowly from the depths of the economic downturn, one industry that's leading the way is clean energy. The state ranked fifth in the nation in the fourth quarter with 650 new jobs announced in such areas as wind energy, biofuels, and r ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of New Mexicans are expected to collectively save millions of dollars filing their taxes for free through Tax Help New Mexico. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Thousands of New Mexicans are again expected to use a program offering free tax preparation - with just a few weeks before the filing deadline. Jeffrey Ledbetter, program manager, United Way of Central New Mexico, said Tax Help New Mexico provides no-cost services for people over ...Read More

PHOTO: Tonyan now pays $27 a month for health coverage under the ACA. Courtesy: Tonyan

CORNELIUS, N.C. - North Carolinians have one week left to enroll in medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act. So far, some 200,000 people have signed up in the Tar Heel State - well above the anticipated number of people who would take advantage of the policies available at Healthcare.gov. ...Read More

PHOTO: Starting this week, students in Massachusetts school districts will be field-testing a new computer-based assessment that may eventually replace the MCAS tests in math and English-language arts. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer/Publicdomainpictures.net

BURLINGTON, Mass. - Pupils in all schools in Burlington and four schools in Revere will be taking a test this spring in which the test itself will be under the magnifying glass. It's a field test of a computer-based system known as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Caree ...Read More

PHOTO: 90-year-old Wisconsin Civil Rights pioneer Vel Phillips is the keynote speaker at a daylong observation of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights act, at UW-Madison on Wednesday. (UW-Madison Law School photo)

MADISON, Wis. - In the summer of 1964, the landmark Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. On Wednesday, UW-Madison will hold a daylong seminar to examine its effects. UW-Madison spokesperson Valeria Davis said the focus will be broad. "We're looking at it not just as a ...Read More

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the level of dark money going into U.S. elections is exploding. GRAPH by the center.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A mudslide of dark money pouring into Arkansas elections is changing the state's politics for the worse, according to watchdogs and lawmakers. A rural state with inexpensive advertising, Arkansas used to have relatively low-cost elections. But according to state Senator Joyce Ell ...Read More

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