Joshua Baumbach

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The GOP's tarnished golden boys

For a while, Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell were untouchable.<p>The first major Republicans elected after the 2008 Obama landslide, the tough-as-nails Garden Stater and the straight-edged Virginian heralded the conservative resurgence in 2010 and pointed the way toward sweeping victories for …

Associated Press News

50 years of progress cuts smoking rates in half — but can we ever get to zero?

Smoking rates cut in half. Eight million lives saved. More than 800,000 fewer lung cancer deaths. Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General first warned about the dangers of smoking, the benefits of quitting have never been clearer.<p>Yet 18 percent of the population still smokes. Nearly 2,000 …

Public Health

Syria opposition pressed to attend talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is confident Syria's opposition National Coalition will attend upcoming peace talks in Switzerland.<p>"I am confident personally that the Syrian opposition will come to Geneva," Kerry said after a meeting of the 11-nation "Friends of Syria" group that was …

Liberal power grows over nominees

In the new filibuster free world of presidential nominees, when it comes to President Barack Obama’s financial regulators all eyes are on the left.<p>Gone are the days when a Wall Street regulatory pick needed to placate at least a handful of Republicans to be confirmed and Democrats were under …

First phase of Iran deal appears near

Some nuclear sites would be open to inspectors, and some assets unfrozen.<p>January 13, 2014|Paul Richter<p>WASHINGTON — Iran and six world powers have agreed on a plan to launch the first phase of their nuclear deal, U.S. and Iranian officials announced Sunday, a sign the fragile international effort to …

South Asia

School violence lands more than 90,000 a year in the ER, study finds

Despite all the lip service given to battling bullying, many kids are still being seriously hurt while on school grounds, a new study shows. Each year more than 90,000 school children suffer “intentional” injuries severe enough to land them in the emergency room, according to the study published in …

Research