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White House Offers Religious Groups A Way Out On Birth Control

The Obama administration on Friday fleshed out its accommodation for religious groups that object to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer insurance plans cover female contraception without cost.

Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars in what it considers a promising new industry for American manufacturing: nuclear reactors. The plan is to build hundreds of mini-reactors, dot them around the U.S. and export them overseas.

Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public wifi networks

The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

John Kerry begins secretary of state term acknowledging ‘big heels to fill’

New secretary of state John Kerry reported for duty Monday, acknowledging that as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successor he has “big heels to fill” and promising to protect US foreign service workers from terrorist attacks overseas.

Undocumented migrants back in Mexico hope to someday return to US

For millions of undocumented migrants who have spent years in the US legal shadows, the rupture of the political deadlock on immigration was the realisation of what once seemed a forlorn hope.

Insight: Electric cars head towards another dead end

(Reuters) – Are electric cars running out of juice again?

After 500 years, Richard III’s bones yield their secret

(Reuters) – A skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine dug up from under a car park is that of Richard III, archaeologists said on Monday, solving a 500-year-old mystery about the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle.

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