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  • 5 famous pork projects: Beer museum and more

    5 famous pork projects: Beer museum and more

    Coined from an 1863 story called “The Children of the Public,” pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense. The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010.. Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:

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  • Change Agent To tackle polluted runoff, cities turn to 'green' strategies

    Urban stormwater runoff is a serious problem, overloading sewage treatment plants and polluting waterways. Now, many US cities are creating innovative green projects – such as rain gardens and roadside plantings – that mimic the way nature collects and cleanses water.

  • New UC logo: Marketing blunder? Or is storm of criticism overblown?

    The venerable University of California traded in its traditional logo for something modern, eliciting a New Media blast of derision. Some experts say the storm over the new UC logo will pass.

  • Why did America change its mind about legal marijuana? (+video)

    A new poll says that 51 percent of Americans support legal marijuana for recreational use. This comes a month after two states became the first to do just that. 

  • Alan Turing: Are machines thinking yet? (+video)

    Google is honoring war hero and artificial intelligence pioneer Alan Turing on his 100th birthday Saturday with a Turing Machine-themed doodle. How close are we to Turing's predictions?

  • Jackie Chan lives, but so do celebrity death hoaxes

    Jackie Chan lives, but so do celebrity death hoaxes

    Jackie Chan: A Facebook Page proclaiming that Jackie Chan had died of a heart attack on Aug. 17 caused a stir. But the fake news was also old news.

  • Opinion Mother's Day: Are you mothering your kids the 'right' way?

    This Mother's Day, let's take stock of the culture of judgment that surrounds parenting. The ideological battle lines on breast-feeding, vaccinations, sleep training, and disposable diapers are fierce. That's why I'm singing that battle hymn of the moderate mother.

  • 5 famous pork projects: Beer museum and more

    5 famous pork projects: Beer museum and more

    Coined from an 1863 story called “The Children of the Public,” pork-barrel spending referred to any public funds spent to benefit the public. Over time, the term has evolved, referring to projects seen as wasteful, or that may only benefit a small group but the costs are spread out between all taxpayers. Of course, often, one politician's pork is another politician's legitimate expense. The Citizens Against Government Waste puts out an annual "Congressional Pig Book" that listed 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in 2010.. Here a selection of US "pork" projects from recent years:

  • Has Al Qaeda made air travel more dangerous?

    Global News Blog Has Al Qaeda made air travel more dangerous?

    The decade that just ended may have started with the 9/11 attacks in the US. But even with those deaths factored in, it was one of the safest decades ever when it came to fatalities on commercial airlines.

  • Is happiness linked to quality-of-life factors like climate?

    Is happiness linked to quality-of-life factors like climate?

    A new report finds a close match between individual happiness and objective quality-of-life measures such as climate, air quality, and schools. But others say happiness is more nearly tied to family, friends, and religion.