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Skim Milk, States’ Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between “one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

Maybe We Should Retire The Word ‘Retire’

Retirement ads are everywhere these days. The Villages lures retirees to come live, love and golf in Florida. USAA offers financial counsel to retiring military personnel. Hollywood stars such as Pat Boone and Tommy Lee Jones dole out all kinds of retirement advice in 30-second sermonettes on television and the Internet.

Undocumented workers’ grim reality: speak out on abuse and risk deportation

Luis Zavala knew something had gone wrong when he saw the gun pointed at him.

The 45-year-old construction worker in Louisiana, and about two dozen others in his crew, had gathered in the small town of Kenner, on the outskirts of New Orleans, where he believed they were about to be given unpaid wages owed by their boss.

Julia Pierson: pinoeer out to restore secret service’s tarnished reputation

At a swearing-in ceremony in the White House this week for his new director of the secret serviceBarack Obama was effusive in his praise. Julia Pierson, Obama said, was “breaking the mould”.

Arrests at Chicago schools protest

More than 100 demonstrators taking part in mass civil disobedience were arrested in Chicago on Wednesday as several thousand people marched against the largest proposed round of school closings in recent memory.

US airways merger with American Airlines approved by US judge

A judge on Wednesday approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways Group, a step toward creating the world’s largest airline.

AMR, parent of American Airlines and in bankruptcy since November 2011, must still construct a formal restructuring plan incorporating the merger that meets court and creditor approval before the airline can emerge from bankruptcy.

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