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Jul 1, 2011

Gas prices drive fewer to travel, more to fly for July 4th

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fewer Americans will hit the road during the Independence day weekend, consistently one of the heaviest travel periods of the year, but more are expected to take to the skies to reach their holiday destinations.

Between Thursday June 30 and Monday July 4, 39 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home, according to AAA Independence Day forecast. That is a 2.5 percent decrease from last year.

Jun 7, 2011

USDA encouraging wider use of summer food program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Department of Agriculture has made it easier for organizations to access funds to feed children in low-income areas during the summer, officials said on Tuesday.

The Summer Food Service Program typically feeds around three million children, about 17 million less than the number who normally get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, according to the USDA.

May 25, 2011

Navy SEAL warrior offers philosophy in new book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden also left the American public captivated by the unknown men who did the deed and the elite fighting force to which they belong.

With the participants in the raid shielded from the media and unable to tell their own stories, one possible beneficiary is a book about the SEALs that hit the market just ahead of the May 1 action in Pakistan.

May 11, 2011

Tea Party group backs Bruning for Nebraska senate seat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Tea Party Express made its first endorsement for the 2012 election season on Wednesday, throwing the weight of the conservative group behind Nebraska’s Republican Attorney General Jon Bruning for the Senate.

The Tea Party Express is one of the higher profile national organizations in the Tea Party movement, which pushes for limited government and reduced federal spending and demonstrated political muscle in the 2010 state and national elections.

Apr 19, 2011

White House announces plans to reduce prescription drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled on Tuesday a plan to fight what it calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Between 2002 and 2009, the number of Americans aged 12 and older abusing pain relievers increased by 20 percent, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Apr 19, 2011

White House announces plans to reduce prescription drug abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled on Tuesday a plan to fight what it calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Between 2002 and 2009, the number of Americans aged 12 and older abusing pain relievers increased by 20 percent, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Apr 18, 2011

South recovering from storms, death count climbs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least 45 people died from tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail across the southern United States over the weekend, and officials said the death toll may rise as the cleanup continues.

The nasty storms killed 22 people in North Carolina, seven each in Arkansas and Alabama, five in Virginia, two in Oklahoma and one each in Mississippi and Tennessee, according to state emergency officials.

Apr 13, 2011

U.S. spending bill would lift federal wolf protections

SALMON, Idaho/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tucked into a sprawling budget deal nearing passage on Capitol Hill is a proposal that would make the gray wolf the first creature ever removed from the Endangered Species List by an act of Congress.

The “rider” in must-pass legislation to keep the government funded through September would lift federal safeguards for some 1,200 wolves in Montana and Idaho, placing them back under state control and allowing licensed hunting of the animals.

Apr 13, 2011

U.S. high school pupils take harder classes, do better

By Wendell Marsh

WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) – The typical American high school student is taking harder courses and performing better in them, according to a new study released on Wednesday.

The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress High School Transcript Study underlines the importance of rigorous curriculum, particularly with higher-level math and science courses, as a key to greater achievement in high school.

Apr 13, 2011

High school students take harder classes, do better

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The typical American high school student is taking harder courses and performing better in them, according to a new study released on Wednesday.

The 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress High School Transcript Study, published by the same group who produce “The Nation’s Report Card,” underlines the importance of rigorous curriculum, particularly with higher-level math and science courses, as a key to greater achievement in high school.

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      "Wendell Hassan Marsh is an intern in Reuter's Washington, D.C. bureau where he is on the Economics team. His journalistic interests are wide and varied include politics, economics, globalization, energy, climate, technology, and culture. Wendell has lived and studied in Senegal, Switzerland, and France and speaks French and some Wolof. He has just started studying Arabic for his year long Fulbright fellowship in Egypt that he starts in the fall. Wendell plans spending much of his career as a journalist in Africa and the Middle East. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he studied English Literature and French. ..."
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