Faced with stagnant unemployment rates, a lowered credit rating and the threat of a double dip recession, President Barack Obama plans to give a major speech about job creation and debt reduction in September.
In June, the Food and Drug Administration released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Now, four of the five largest US tobacco companies want a judge to stop the government from using them.
A wave of deadly attacks swept across Iraq Monday, killing dozens of people. The violence was so severe that the interior minister ordered the country’s security forces to clear the streets of all parked cars.
Up to 120,000 postal workers may soon be out of work. And those remaining on the job could lose their federal health and retirement benefits.
The US Postal Service’s proposal to slash its workforce by 20 percent would require breaking current labor contracts with the postal unions. If Congress approves the plan, the ripple effects would be felt by union members and federal employees across the country.
The World Trade Center memorial reached its $350 million fundraising goal in 2008. The foundation that built the Pentagon memorial raised $22 million — the entire cost of construction — between 2004 and 2008. But a permanent memorial for the victims of Flight 93 is still $10 million short of its goal.
Picture the government placing a GPS on your car and tracking every mile you drive. Now, imagine being charged a tax based on those miles, your vehicle’s fuel efficiency rating and the time of day you drove. Such a system is being explored in car-clogged regions of Europe and Asia. Even the US is interested in studying mileage charging systems.
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