Fewer Deportations by Courts

April 20, 2014
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Fewer Deportations by Courts

New reports show that immigration courts are deporting fewer people. This may be because there are fewer immigration judges. The number of judges in the nation’s 58 immigration courts fell from 272 to 251 at the end of last year. Workloads and backlogs are rising.

More people come before the court with lawyers. That slows proceedings. Many cases simply vanish during the long hearing process.

Fewer people are being deported. In...

Pregnant Women Taking Painkillers

April 20, 2014
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Pregnant Women Taking Painkillers

Pregnant women are smoking less, drinking coffee and alcohol less and watching their diets. What they are doing more of, however, is taking painkillers. Researchers are alarmed.

Medicaid pays for almost half the births in the United States. A 2007 study of pregnant women on...

Google and Facebook Want to Control the Skies

April 20, 2014
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Google and Facebook Want to Control the Skies

Drones, powered by wind and sun, are in your future. They will deliver high-speed Internet connections to parts of the world without power.

They will take high-resolution photos of all parts of the world. They will be able to fly for years without needing to...

Most Deportations for Minor Crimes

April 13, 2014
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Most Deportations for Minor Crimes

What do you do when what you are doing is not working? The way the nation is treating undocumented residents satisfies no one.

The country keeps deporting people who came...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – What it Meant

April 13, 2014
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – What it Meant

Fifty years ago black Americans were called “colored people.” The South had a system called “Jim Crow.” It meant that black people were not treated equally. They were treated...

Getting Loans Getting Easier

April 13, 2014
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Getting Loans Getting Easier

One result of the “Great recession” was to make it harder for banks to loan money to homebuyers. New regulations limited the level of the risk banks could take.

The...

Warning on Climate Change: Worst is Yet to Come

April 6, 2014
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Warning on Climate Change: Worst is Yet to Come

Ice caps are melting. Sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing. Water supplies are coming under stress. Heat waves and heavy rains are getting worse. Coral reefs...

Latino Voters May Stay Home

April 6, 2014
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Latino Voters May Stay Home

The election of 2014 will decide who controls Congress. All the members of the House of Representatives are up for election. About one-third of the members of the Senate...

The Mule Ladies of Melilla

April 6, 2014
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The Mule Ladies of Melilla

Melilla is on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and Morocco. It is a small town in a small area.

It is known for its port. Each year...

In Brief

How to Face Debt

Debt piles up when people are in denial. The real world is not always friendly. Experts have ideas about how to deal with debt.

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How to Live Longer: Be Married

Married people are more likely to be heart-healthy than single, divorced or widowed people.

That is the finding of a large study funded by a...

High Cholesterol Children

Heart problems for adults begin early in life. They start with high cholesterol levels in children between 9 and 11 years of age.

A new...

Better Taken Care of Kids are Better Off As Adults

Most people agree. Infants born into homes with parents who take good care of them are better off than when the opposite is true.

A...

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