In a piece in The New York Times, writer Alex Williams explores why it's harder to form meaningful friendships later in life. "As people approach midlife," he writes, "the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading."
Over half of U.S. states will have to close a combined budget gap of 55 billion dollars, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the 2013 fiscal year. To avoid raising taxes, most states are implementing continued cuts to deal with budget shortfalls.
Years after chemical companies stop using BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announces a ban. But consumer groups say FDA should do more and ban BPA from all food containers.
The federal debt is at record levels and growing. States are "grappling with unprecedented fiscal crises," a new report says. And Europe's debt mess threatens the world economy. Some scholars think, like Plato, that democracy is the problem.
The ad, aimed at pressuring Mitt Romney to make public more of his tax history, came as Romney accused the president of funneling taxpayer money to his political buddies, and as a poll showed Americans favoring the president's plan for handling the Bush-era tax cuts over that of his Republican rival.
The Vatican recently announced that it would completely make over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious because of its "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." Sister Pat Farrell, who heads the organization, says many of the charges are unsubstantiated.
The organization says it "does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members," but will continue to deny membership "to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals."
The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.
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