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Statewide Budget Cuts Force Ohio Town To Turn Off Street Lights To Save Money

In the aftermath of the recession, states across the country have cut their budgets, in turn forcing cities and towns in those states to make their own drastic cuts. Different towns have made different decisions, with some closing libraries, un-paving roads, closing schools, and even attempting to decriminalize domestic violence, all in efforts to save money.

Study: People Receiving Unemployment Insurance Work Harder To Find Jobs

A new study from Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) debunks the prevailing conservative notion that Unemployment Insurance (UI) dissuades people from looking for a job. “On the contrary,” the report finds, “beneficiaries of federal UI benefits have spent more time searching for work than those who were ineligible for UI benefits.” “In fact, since Congress enacted federal unemployment benefits, time spent looking for a job has tripled among the long‐term unemployed who are out of work as a result of job loss,” the report adds.

Calif. Gov. Brown calls doubters of climate change ‘political lemmings’

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown railed Thursday against politicians who doubt climate change, calling them “political lemmings” and the chief obstacle in the fight against global warming.

Last U.S. base in Iraq prepares to turn out the lights

CAMP ADDER, Iraq — The young Army officer who’s in charge of logistics at the last U.S. base in Iraq is a Sudanese refugee, one of the “lost boys” who fled their war-ravaged homeland in the mid-1990s.

His staff sergeant survived a deadly improvised-explosives attack during his third tour here in 2005, then returned for two more.

When they and the five other members of their team process the final load of equipment from what was once a network of more than 500 American bases, the nearly nine-year U.S. occupation and military presence in Iraq will be history.

NIH says it will curtail use of chimpanzees in medical research

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health said Thursday that it would curtail its use of chimpanzees in medical research, suspending new chimp research grants and agreeing to accept the recommendations of an outside panel that found the apes are “not necessary for most biomedical research.”

U.S. Sues To Recover $446 Million From Hezbollah-Connected Firms

Federal prosecutors fired another broadside Thursday in a massive case accusing the Hezbollah militant group of financing itself through the global drug trade, filing a civil money laundering case against a Lebanese bank and a network of Hezbollah-connected companies, including U.S. shipping and used-car firms.

Without Autopsies, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes

A half-century ago, an autopsy would have been routine. Autopsies, sometimes called the ultimate medical audit, were an integral part of American health care, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. Today, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show, they are conducted on about 5 percent of such patients.

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