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Etherzone(Ed Henry)

Most Americans do not realize that the national debt is divided into 2 parts, what the government calls "Public Debt" and "Intragovernmental Holdings"(IH). Without that understanding, they have no chance of realizing that the lat

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Reuters

U.S. defined benefit pension plans, which pay a fixed amount to retired employees, are underfunded as a group by $450 billion and the agency that backs them is $22.8 billion in deficit. Lawmakers want to close funding loopholes and get the system on

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Associated Press

The owners of the sagging, flood-stained home aren't in. Above the front door, a banner explains their absence, and the lack of progress: "Allstate paid $10,113.34 on this house for storm damage." Like the home next to it and the one

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Reuters

The US House of Representatives approved $32 billion for domestic security programs next year as some lawmakers seethed over their inability to stop funding cuts this year for big cities seen as high-risk targets for terrorist attacks.

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Associated Press

Those heaping portions at restaurants — and doggie bags for the leftovers — may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way. The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation’s eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first t

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BusinessWeek

President Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations.

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Associated Press

The Senate voted Thursday to make English the national language of the United States. Sort of. Moments after the 63-34 vote, it decided to call the mother tongue a "common and unifying language." Two dozen senators voted for both

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Rolling Stone

Last October, before the public learned that President Bush has secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans without a court order, the Pentagon approached the Senate intelligence committe with an unprecedented request.

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Associated Press

More than 25 years after its eruption turned this river valley into moonscape, elk living in the shadow of Mount St. Helens are starving to death at a rate that has alarmed many observers. This winter's elk die-off was the highest recorded by

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Reuters

Many Muslim and Arab Americans fear the bridge-building initiative that began after the 9/11 attacks means little more than propaganda, recruitment and spying. "It's not about reaching out to us and including us," said community activis

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Reuters

President Bush approved a Dubai-owned company's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon. Bush signed off on the deal after getting company assurances that the military supply cha

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PC World

Online bank customers may want to pay a little more attention to their browsers the next time they log in, because many of the most popular banking sites in the U.S. may be needlessly placing their customers at risk to online thieves, a noted securit

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USA Today

New findings by a pair of economists cast doubt on assertions that about half of minority kids don't make it out of high school - and that only about three-fourths of U.S. teens overall graduate on time. A study released relies on long-term go

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