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Why it’s so hard to stop college cost inflation in the US

With the fracas in Washington over how to stop student loan interest rates from spiking, there’s more attention than ever on the student loan “bubble.” To pinpoint apt solutions, it’s worth considering the college loan issue as a version of two already irksome public policy problems: the debt …

Teen dating violence is way more common than you think

<b>( EJ White viaShutterstock)</b><p>Close to half of all American teens report experiencing abuse during a dating relationship, according to new data<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 2, 2013 5:01pm (UTC)<p>According to new, as yet unpublished, data from a nationwide survey, 49 percent of teenagers report experiencing …

Retirement? The rich say Bah, Humbug to that

The ultimate American dream used to be to get rich young and "retire by 40." Now the goal for the rich is to retire past 70—if they retire at all.<p>A new survey shows that America's highest earners don't plan on retiring until they are at least 70 years old. Lower-income groups—and even those …

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The Gadgets (and Houses and Toilets) Have Eyes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you thought the NSA's somewhat extensive digital surveillance programs were the extent of spying …

Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

Deadly battle erupts in Afghanistan

More than 20 Afghan policemen and dozens of Taliban fighters have been killed when hundreds of fighters ambushed a police and military convoy in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.<p>The five-hour battle in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province on Friday occurred after the convoy was attacked as …

US diplomat flees Kenya after fatal accident

A US diplomat in Nairobi who killed a Kenyan father of three in a car crash while speeding in his SUV was rushed out of the country by US embassy officials, Kenyan officials said.<p>Citing police, Kenyan officials said the diplomat crossed the centre line in his car on July 11 and hit a full mini-bus …

Feds: Iraq jailbreak backs Guantanamo secrecy

An escape last month by hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq underscores the need for secrecy surrounding security procedures at the U.S.-run facility for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Justice Department lawyers argued in a court filing Friday.<p>"Protecting …

Supreme Court Says California Has To Release 10,000 Inmates

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia would have granted Brown's request. The California governor asked for the delay to protect public safety.<p>A three-judge panel ordered Brown to release the inmates by the end of the year because of a huge overcrowding problem in …

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The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

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Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

Rates of homicide and other violent crimes often spike in cities during heat waves. People get cranky. Tempers flare.<p>So as the Earth gets hotter because of climate change, will it also become more violent?<p>Many scientists have thought so. And now a team of economists offers the first quantitative …

US couple facing murder charge in Qatar

An American couple are facing murder charges in Qatar over the death of their young adopted daughter, in a case which lawyers and medical experts in the US say is based on shoddy evidence and poor science.<p>A campaign has been launched in the US over the arrest of Matthew and Grace Huang in January …

FDA names Taylor Farms as source in parasite outbreak

Taylor Farms of Mexico, a division of a California-based produce supplier whose greens go to national restaurants including Red Lobster and Olive Garden, shipped parasite-tainted salad mix that has sickened hundreds in Nebraska and Iowa, U.S. health officials said Friday.<p>Food and Drug …

Quebec mobster Boucher, daughter charged with conspiracy to commit murder

More than a decade after dragging his son into his vast criminal realm, the Quebec biker kingpin Maurice (Mom) Boucher now has gotten his daughter into trouble.<p>Police say the former Hells Angels boss has been plotting from his jail cell to kill a rival imprisoned mobster. In the process, the …

America's Top Colleges Face Tough Questions Over Sexual Misconduct

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Yale released its fourth semi-annual Complaints of Sexual Misconduct Report. Six students …

L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca says 'enough is enough' to prison releases

The prospect of seeing thousands of California prisoners released to the streets of Los Angeles, or even landing in the Los Angeles County jail, disturbs Sheriff Lee Baca.<p>"We are managing ... but we are at our capacity," said Baca's spokesman, Steve Whitmore. "The sheriff believes that we cannot …

Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.<p>The president called his nominee "an expert at turning around institutions in …

George Clooney zaps hedge fund billionaire as 'carpetbagger'

Actor George Clooney attacked one of Wall Street's most famous hedge fund managers, billionaire Daniel Loeb, accusing him of criticizing Hollywood studios for their business practices, while failing to understand the movie industry himself.<p>"(Loeb) calls himself an activist investor, and I would …

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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

A Virginia jury has recommended life in prison for three Somali pirates convicted of murdering four Americans seized from a sailing yacht off the coast of Africa in 2011.<p>The prosecution had sought the death penalty for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, who were …

Yemen: British nationals told to leave

British nationals have been warned to leave the Middle Eastern state of Yemen immediately, amid fears of escalating violence in the country.<p>The Foreign Office issued new advice warning against all travel to the country, and said that any Britons who stay in Yemen are unlikely to be able to be …

US watches Iran's president-elect for moderation ahead of nuclear 'breakout'

<b>Analysis</b><p>With a possible Iranian nuclear breakthrough looming despite sanctions and covert action by the West, U.S. officials are hoping a more moderate incoming president will offer a unique opportunity for an accord on the issue.<p>Hassan Rouhani will be inaugurated Sunday, ending the contentious …

Texas running out of execution drug

Texas, the state that puts to death the most prisoners in the US, will soon run out of the drug used for lethal injections.<p>A spokesman for the Texas Department of Justice said that the state's stock of pentobarbital, the barbiturate used for the death penalty, has nearly run out.<p>"The stock expires …

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Edward Snowden cast as hero in smartphone game

Now Edward Snowden can hunt for information on Americans' smartphones.<p>The National Security Agency leaker wanted by the U.S. government has been immortalized -- in a digital sense, anyway -- as the hero of a mobile game.<p>In Snowden Run 3D by MTS Freestyle, gamers play the former intelligence worker …

The flip side of retirement in the sun? A tax headache

If you're dreaming this winter of retiring to your own tropical island, get ready for sun, surf, sand … and foreign property ownership tax rules.<p>Buzzkill, maybe, but while you may escape the cold, you can't escape the system.<p>Understanding the details can mean the difference between achieving your …