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President Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas Thursday. Photo by Laura Skelding-Pool/Getty Images If it seems like we are drowning in anniversary observances,...
How do you build a robot smaller than the tip of your finger? Inspired by the strength, speed and agility of insects, Sarah Bergbreiter from the University of Maryland is designing tiny robots. But the big challenge has been giving them legs that...
LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Villarreal’s...
In a bid to reduce the federal prison population, the U.S. Sentencing Commission set in motion a change of formula to determine the sentencing of low-level, nonviolent federal drug law offenders. The commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing...
Instead of replacing public assistance programs with a guaranteed basic income, liberal economist Barbara Bergmann argues, the United States should beef up its social welfare system to be more like Sweden, above, which has universal childcare. Photo...
Photo courtesy of Bill Pugliano/Getty Images. A group of US senators has asked the Department of Justice to stop any efforts by General Motors to avoid the financial penalties associated with its failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition...