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A worker shovels muck out of a home in Longport, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Federal regulators say homeowners will be able to challenge insurance payouts they believe shortchanged them.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:46

FEMA's move comes after months of questions about whether insurance companies shortchanged homeowners.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 21:42

An assistant chief will replace Tom Jackson; a Justice Department probe following the shooting death of Michael Brown had found serious problems in how the department operated.

<em>Still Alice</em> directors Richard Glatzer (left) and Wash Westmoreland. Glatzer has died at age 63 after battling ALS.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 19:20

The cause was complications of ALS. He is survived by his husband, Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote and co-directed Still Alice. They are also known for their 2006 film Quinceanera.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 17:41

The story, first reported by The Washington Post, is the latest scandal at the presidential protective service. A spokesman said the agency is aware of the allegations, which are being investigated.

Glenn Lightner in 2012 at age 13. His father searched clinicaltrials.gov for years, to no avail, hoping to find a promising experimental cancer treatment that might save his son's life.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:41

Federal law requires publicly-funded medical researchers to promptly report the results of many experimental treatments. But few are doing so, a review shows, and patients may be hurt.

A lunch served by the Yarmouth, Me., School Department on Sept. 26, 2014, featured Sloppy Joe's made with Maine beef and local beets, carrots, apples and potato salad. More than 80 percent of Maine schools said they served local foods in a survey conducted by the USDA.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:35

A survey found that 36 percent of U.S. public schools bought food from local farmers during two recent school years. But a slightly greater number of schools served no local food at all.

Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:34

Trials are underway to see how effective a pill approved for HIV prevention in adults may be for teenagers. But some worry Truvada could end up encouraging reckless sexual behavior among young people.

Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson is resigning after a scathing Justice Department report showed racial bias in the department and the city's courts.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:58

Chief Thomas Jackson's departure is effective March 19. He is the latest employee to resign or be fired in the wake of a Justice Department report that accused local police and courts of racial bias.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became a Republican political star by taking on his state's public employee unions. This week he signed a bill that would weaken private-sector unions.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:54

This week, Wisconsin joined two dozen other states with laws saying workers can't be forced to join labor unions to keep a job. But as more states move to weaken unions, the unions are fighting back.

Its doubtful that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (right) will face legal consequences for the letter he wrote to Iran. The Logan Act hasn't been used to prosecute anyone since it was passed more than 200 years ago.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 15:15

The Logan Act prevents "unauthorized citizens" from meddling in foreign affairs. There's a petition to charge the 47 senators who signed the letter, but no one has ever been prosecuted under the law.

A baby orangutan wearing a diaper swings through the trees at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program outside Medan, capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province. The program takes mostly orphaned orangutans, nurses them back to health and releases them back into the wild.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:24

Demand for palm oil is destroying the habitat of endangered Sumatran orangutans. One group is working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce these often-orphaned primates back into the wild.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:08

Sitton's reporting from the front lines of the civil rights movement earned him the ire of Southern officials and attention from the Department of Justice.

Reconstruction of the giant filter feeder, scooping up a plankton cloud. <em>Aegirocassis benmoulae </em>was one of the biggest arthropods that ever lived. Family members include today's insects, spiders and lobsters.
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:02

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 13:28

Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are high among teens in northern Uganda, a new study shows. Counselors, teachers and parents can help. So can walking on eggs — literally.

Coins from the Thomas Lockwood Collection were recently found to be rare and priceless. From a description by the University at Buffalo, from top to bottom: A gold aureus of the Roman emperor Otho; a tetradrachm of Athens; a tetradrachm of Alexander the Great; a silver tetradrachm of Syracuse (Sicily); a gold aureus of the emperor Nero; and a gold octodrachm of Arsinoe II."
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:09

Dozens of gold and silver coins, some from the eras of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, spent decades on a shelf in the University at Buffalo's library.

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