Supreme Court Makes Big Decisions

June 29, 2015
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Supreme Court Makes Big Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court is at the top of one of the three branches of government. The other two branches are the Executive (President) and the Legislative (Congress). The job of the Supreme Court is to say how the U.S. Constitution applies to new ideas and events.

Marriage Equality

Last week the Supreme Court made big news about marriage. It said that marriage is not limited to a man...

Terrorism Comes in Many Sizes

June 25, 2015
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Terrorism Comes in Many Sizes

September 11, 2001, was a turning point in the United States. That was the date of the Muslim attack on New York’s World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attack. The health of thousands more people were put at risk.

Most people...

How to Escape a Maximum Security Prison

June 22, 2015
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How to Escape a Maximum Security Prison

The Clinton Prison in upstate New York is maximum-security. Two men escaped from it on June 5, 2015. They are still at-large.

How did they do it? There had been no escapes from Clinton for decades. This record led to a relaxation in prison...

World in Turmoil for the Displaced

June 17, 2015
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World in Turmoil for the Displaced

The flow of refugees, migrants and immigrants continues. All over the world people are looking for paths to safety and work.

Syrian refugees are fleeing the violence in Syria by...

Slow Down on that Heartburn Drug

June 15, 2015
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Slow Down on that Heartburn Drug

A new study adds to the findings that taking heartburn drugs creates risks.

The study says that some drugs can lead to a heart attack. All heartburn medications are...

Obama Loses Round in Trade Pact Battle

June 15, 2015
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Obama Loses Round in Trade Pact Battle

The purpose of trade agreements is to lower barriers for trading among countries. The North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA), signed by Mexico, Canada and the United States, is...

When Bail Means Jail

June 10, 2015
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When Bail Means Jail

Bail is the amount of money you need to pay to be released from jail before you are indicted or put on trial.

Should lack of money be the...

New U.S. Poet Laureate is the First Latino

June 10, 2015
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New U.S. Poet Laureate is the First Latino

Poetry is to be read and listened to. Many enjoy the poems of Juan Felipe Herrera. Now, more people will know about him. He has been named the United...

Your Body is a Clock

June 8, 2015
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Your Body is a Clock

It is not only your wristwatch that keeps time; your body is a clock as well. The body clock is called circadian rhythm. These rhythms cycle through your body...

In Brief

Working for Yourself Maybe Costly

It is tempting to go to work for yourself. You have no boss, you decide your hours, and you may be able to work...

Moving About Good for Children

Ask almost any child. Staying seated for a full day in school can be, well, distracting.

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have...

The Impact of Bad Behavior in the Workplace

What is the effect of mean and uncivil behavior at work? It should come as no surprise that such behavior affects health and job...

The Skinny on Fats

Nothing is good about the word fat. Fat people pose a health risk to themselves. Saturated fats in food increase cholesterol. They are are...

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