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  • 6 books to beat the winter blues

    6 books to beat the winter blues

    The groundhog may have seen his shadow yesterday, but for those of us enduring a blizzard a week spring still seems a distant prospect. So instead of fighting winter, why not embrace it? Here are six inspiring reads to remind all of us of the awesome beauty – and perilous power – of the season.

  • Severe weather from Chicago to Boston as monster storm arrives

    Severe weather from Chicago to Boston as monster storm arrives

    Severe weather, in the form of snow, is headed for St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, and Milwaukee. A monster storm could dump up to two-feet of snow and drifts piled up to 10 feet.

  • Bye Bye Blackbird: USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death

    Bye Bye Blackbird: USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death

    One in a series of mysterious mass bird deaths in the past month was the product of a USDA avicide program, which began as operation Bye Bye Blackbird in the 1960s.

  • Opinion Surprise: The NRA has actually lost influence on gun control

    In the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, earlier this month, the calls for gun-control legislation have already begun. But the National Rifle Association's traditional ability to shoot these bills down may be significantly reduced in the future.

  • America to end its search for the 'God particle'

    America to end its search for the 'God particle'

    The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is pulling the plug on the Tevatron, the only American particle collider capable of finding the Higgs boson, or 'God particle.'

  • Redistricting 101: Eight facts about redrawing the US political map

    Redistricting 101: Eight facts about redrawing the US political map

    Every 10 years, everyone in the United States gets counted – all 308,745,538 of them, according to the 2010 Census. The number of representatives in Congress, however, stays at 435. Dividing the larger number by the smaller gives the average number of people in each congressional district (now 709,760). But Americans move around a lot – for new jobs or better weather, to be closer to family, or just for the adventure. As a result, the boundaries of those congressional districts have to shift to make sure that each district has as close to the same number of people as possible. And that shifting can have important political, economic, and social consequences. That’s what ‘redistricting’ is all about.

  • Healthcare law challenged by Wisconsin's new governor

    Healthcare law challenged by Wisconsin's new governor

    The healthcare law has a new detractor in Wisconsin's political circle. The newly inaugurated governor has given Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen the go ahead to join a lawsuit brought by 20 other states challenging the healthcare law.

  • American education under attack

    Robert Reich American education under attack

    Budget pressures at the state and federal level have led to slashed education programs and rising tuition at state universities.

  • Tax cut deal: What do GOP's 2012 presidential contenders think?

    The Vote Tax cut deal: What do GOP's 2012 presidential contenders think?

    Presumptive GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee diverge on whether the tax cut deal Republicans struck with President Obama is a good thing.

  • Thanksgiving trivia: Which president moved up Thanksgiving Day?

    Decoder Buzz Thanksgiving trivia: Which president moved up Thanksgiving Day?

    When Thanksgiving was to fall on the last day of November, he agreed to move it up a week. Thanksgiving trivia hint: Merchants were behind it.