As sequestration begins, the Washington region's more than 600,000 federal workers and contractors are bracing for pay cuts, furloughs, or job cuts. Julie John Knott, a secretary at a web design contractor in Northern Virginia, has already lost her job.
Why do people in Boston get the flu when it's cold, while people in Senegal get sick when it's hot? Humidity is a big part of the explanation. But how flu spreads in the tropics and more temperate climates appears to be different.
A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
Many elected officials say there's a link between immigration and crime, and have even passed tough anti-immigration laws as a result. But some researchers say cities with large immigrant populations boast conditions that depress crime: young families and active, bustling neighborhoods.
Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.
While the laws in some states might allow school employees to bring guns into classrooms, South Dakota is believed to be the first state to enact such a specific measure. It gives districts the right to set up "school sentinel" programs that train personnel.
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