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General Motors joins call for U.S. to address climate change

General Motors, the largest US automaker, on Wednesday joined a call for the United States to take greater action on climate change as it said that environmental concerns were critical for business. General Motors became the first automaker among 40 US companies in a joint appeal for policymakers in Washington…

Republicans introduce census reform bill that would end unemployment estimates

Thinking they’re going to deflate an intrusive government overreach into the everyday lives of American citizens, a group of House Republicans introduced a census reform bill last week that would prevent the government from conducting the research necessary to produce monthly unemployment estimates. If the Census Reform Act of 2013…

Halfway To Admitting Why Women Do More Housework And Child Care Than Men

Everyone feels this way, but men get to act on it. Invariably during the periodic flare-ups of the “work-life balance” controversies, someone will eventually pipe up and ask, “Why is this considered just a women’s issue? Why do we assume only women struggle with the choice to lean in or…

Ohio executes man convicted of raping 6-month-old child

An Ohio man convicted of raping and murdering a six-month-old baby was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday after a last-ditch plea for mercy was dismissed. Steven Smith, 46, was declared dead at 10:29 am (1429 GMT), prison authorities in Lucasville, southern Ohio, confirmed after the execution. Smith was sentenced…

World economy isn’t growing fast enough to generate jobs for all the unemployed

The world economy is still not growing fast enough to generate jobs for tens of millions who have become unemployed but it is strengthening gradually, a top IMF official said Wednesday. While global growth is seen at 3.3 percent in 2013 and an even better four percent next year, this…

Netflix loses rights to stream nearly 2,000 titles

Netflix dropped nearly 2,000 titles from its streaming video service Tuesday night due to licensing issues. According to the tech website Mashable, the popular streaming movie and TV service has been unable to reach a licensing agreement with Warner Bros., MGM and Universal, meaning their right to offer some 1,794…

Rep. Lucas suspects Obama gun control ‘conspiracy’ to buy all the ammunition

Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas (R) recently told a conservative radio show that President Barack Obama’s administration may be engaged in a “conspiracy” to purchase all available ammunition as a form of gun control. Last week, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s National Security Subcommittee caved to conspiracies…

South Dakota Native Americans need $4 million to prevent sale of ‘Wounded Knee’ massacre site

Oglala Sioux must find nearly $4m to prevent massacre site being sold off, the latest in a series of issues that has the South Dakota tribe’s modernisers and traditionalists at loggerheads Horses are sacred to Native Americans. For Kevin Yellow Bird Steele, one of the tribal leaders of the Oglala Sioux,…

FDA expands Plan B over-the-counter access to those 15 and up

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that Plan B one-step emergency contraception will now be available to women ages 15 and up without a prescription. According the FDA website, the company Teva Women’s Health, Inc.’s application to market Plan B One-Step for over-the-counter sales has been approved.…

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