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  • Missouri's Black River levee fails. Where floodwaters could hit next.

    Residents along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers brace for a pair of crests that could bring record floods. In Missouri, 1,000 flee the overflowing Black River after 15 inches of rain in four days.
    04/26/2011 08:09 pm

  • Government shutdown: Will those who like government least miss it most?

    The mail will still go through, as will Social Security payments, veterans benefits, and military pay. Federal employees will still direct plane traffic, inspect food, and prosecute crime. By its own estimates, the federal government represents about 8 percent of the United States economy, so the economic impact of a long government shutdown would eventually affect just about everybody. Even in the short term, some groups will notice. Ironically, some of those who will be affected most are those who like government least. Here's a look at four such groups:
    04/08/2011 05:00 pm

  • Opinion Obesity's hidden factor: high cost of healthy meals

    Obesity isn't entirely – or even primarily – a question of willpower, but has a lot to do with socioeconomic status. Federal policy should address this by making healthy foods cheaper.
    04/07/2011 03:24 pm

  • Five ways House Republicans are striking fear in environmentalists

    House Republicans are attempting to shape US environmental policy by attaching to their 2011 spending plans so-called "riders" that would target regulations ranging from greenhouse gases to mining. The White House and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada oppose the riders, making it unlikely they will become law. But they remain in play as the House and Senate negotiate on spending and try to avoid a government shutdown this week.
    04/05/2011 09:52 am

  • Stocks end mixed. Best first quarter since 1998.

    Stocks closed out the quarter with the Dow gaining 742 points, its biggest first-quarter point gain in more than a decade and its biggest percentage gain since 1994.
    03/31/2011 07:52 pm

  • Stock market in first quarter: best this century?

    Stock market poised Thursday to turn in its best first-quarter performance since tech bubble. Can stock market keep climbing?
    03/31/2011 07:55 am

  • Decoder Buzz Cherry blossom festival 2011: a time to reflect on Japan

    Cherry blossom festival goers in Washington eye March 26 as the start of the event this year. The Japanese trees are said to inspire calm, but they have a dramatic story.
    03/22/2011 01:46 pm

  • The Circle Bastiat Swiping away food stamps' stigma

    Food stamp usage is on the rise, and now that they work just like a debit card, it's easy to use them inconspicuously.
    03/18/2011 04:32 pm

  • Food costs soaring in US after harsh winter. Will higher prices last?

    Higher wholesale food prices contributed to a jump in the producer price index in February, the US reported Wednesday. Consumers are likely to see food prices rise at least 4 percent in 2011.
    03/16/2011 12:55 pm

  • Farmers, EPA clash over Chesapeake Bay regulations

    Stricter Chesapeake Bay rules may hurt farmers, who say they’re already doing their part to clean it up.
    03/07/2011 05:30 pm

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