When the Labor Department releases new unemployment data Friday, the news likely will be disappointing. Not really bad, just not very good. Unfortunately, that assessment sums up the entire recovery, which began four years ago. "We're just running in place," one economist says.
Royce Lamberth, the retiring judge who led the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1995 to 2002, says he has no regrets when he talks about that court's business. In his view, another attack, in some form or other, is inevitable.
The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
Record-breaking temperatures are drawing crowds of visitors there, where they are frying eggs on sidewalks and posing next to a big unofficial thermometer showing temperatures as high as 132 degrees. Another draw is the aptly named Furnace Creek.
Near the city of Prescott, Ariz., crews are starting to make some progress on the 8,500 acre Yarnell Hill Fire. The blaze claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters on Sunday. Tuesday night, several thousand people gathered at a football stadium for a vigil to remember the firefighters.
Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million adults, most baby boomers. New York has passed legislation to become the first state to require doctors to offer the test to this age group. But some doctors are opposed to it, and it's unclear whether Governor Cuomo will sign the measure.
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