Central Americans Outnumber Mexicans at Border

December 21, 2014
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Central Americans Outnumber Mexicans at Border

Most unauthorized migrants are caught crossing America’s border with Mexico. However, the crossings are shifting from Arizona to Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security posted a report for fiscal year 2014. (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.)

A big change is that more than half of the migrants caught were from Central America. It is the first time that Mexicans were less than one-half of the migrants apprehended.

The overall number...

Cuba and the United States: A Brief History

December 21, 2014
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Cuba and the United States: A Brief History

In 1959, Fidel Castro led his troops to oust Fulgencio Batista, the right-wing dictator. Batista made his friends rich. He let business people run the country. He jailed people who opposed him. Castro became a left-wing dictator. He made...

Men Walking Away From Work

December 21, 2014
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Men Walking Away From Work

In the 1960s, only 5 percent of men ages 25 to 54 did not work. Today, 16 percent of men in this age group do not work.

Non-working is not the same as being unemployed. The unemployed are looking for work; the non-working are not....

No, You Can’t Go Home Again: Immigration Order

December 14, 2014
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No, You Can’t Go Home Again: Immigration Order

President Obama’s issued his executive order on immigration. It brought joy throughout the immigrant community. It allows several million people with U.S.-born children to live and work here legally...

Painkillers Used with Other Drugs Can Kill You

December 14, 2014
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Painkillers Used with Other Drugs Can Kill You

Painkillers are used to treat the kind of pain that people feel after surgery. They are for short-term use. The problem is that people can become addicted to them....

The Report on American Use of Torture

December 12, 2014
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The Report on American Use of Torture

The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a scathing report. It said the United States tortured terrorists in the years following the 9/11 attack on the NYC World Trade Center. It...

Climate Change Will Change Your Kid’s Lives

December 7, 2014
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Climate Change Will Change Your Kid’s Lives

There are years of solid evidence that show the climate is warming. Still, some people say it is not.

A new United Nations’ report on climate change is alarming. It...

November 2014: Jobs and Wages Rising

December 7, 2014
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November 2014: Jobs and Wages Rising

Experts say the economy might finally be turning around. In November, there were thousands of new jobs. Even better, hourly wages made a big gain.

One said, “The pairing of...

Separate Classrooms Coming Back

December 7, 2014
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Separate Classrooms Coming Back

Different schools for boys and girls is not a new idea. It was the way of much schooling at the end of the 19th century. Even today, many private...

In Brief

Pregnancy: Developments in Antibiotics and Nursing

The more we know about pregnancy, the harder it is to know what to do. Two studies add to the discussion.

The first study said...

McDonald’s Losing its Appeal

McDonald’s is a great American landmark. It has 14,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S. It is getting into trouble with its customers.

For more...

Soft Bedding Can Be Fatal

More than half of the infants in America go to sleep under soft blankets or comforters. That sounds nice, but it is not. It...

New Rules to Make Counting Calories Easier

How many calories are there in that slice of pizza? How many are in that box of popcorn? Soon, we all will know. We...

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