WASHINGTON, D.C. — Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation.
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More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress would spend about $17 billion to help ease U.S. military veterans’ long waits for medical care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some higher income families would be eligible to receive a child tax credit on their federal returns under a bill approved in the House last week.
A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle early Thursday. Nobody was hurt, no oil leaked and there was no threat to the public when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about 2 a.m., said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas.
Washington and Oregon lawmakers hope to prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling in an effort to protect local economies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bid by Democrats to negate the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on insurance coverage for birth control was blocked in the U.S. Senate last week.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation that would expand hunting and fishing access on federal land failed to advance in the Senate last week over a political battle on gun rights.
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook agreed to acquire LiveRail, a startup that helps businesses buy more relevant video advertisements, its first move into serving video promotions on the Web beyond its own social network.
After months of controversy, editors at the scientific journal Nature have retracted two high-profile studies that purported to demonstrate a quick and simple way of making flexible stem cells without destroying embryos or tinkering with DNA.
The origin of feathers and the origin of flight have been a contentious chicken-and-egg issue in the scientific world for decades. Did feathers develop as a flight mechanism — or were they first used for other purposes?
In yet another endorsement for getting on your feet and walking, researchers said Wednesday that people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease may improve their motor function, mood, fatigue levels and more by taking regular aerobic walks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New York state’s highest court ruled Monday that cities and towns have the power to ban fracking, a decision that comes as local governments across the nation are increasingly trying to use zoning laws to stop the contentious spread of drilling.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama said Monday he’s convinced that House Republicans will not take action to reform the U.S. immigration system this year and that he plans to use his executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”
Actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the ex-con deliveryman Anthony Bouvier in the 1980s sitcom “Designing Women,” died Saturday at his home in Altadena, Calif.