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  • Where employers use quality control to shape healthcare

    Where employers use quality control to shape healthcare
    Forty miles north of Seattle, in the largest building in the world, Boeing assembles its biggest commercial airliners. Thousands of workers on a 98-acre factory floor piece together hulking wings and fuselage pieces, miles of electrical wiring and...
  • Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana

    Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first...
  • Capital punishment in U.S. continues its decline

    The death penalty continued its slow and steady two-decade decline this year, as fewer convicted murderers were sentenced to die and most executions were limited to just three states, according to a report to be released Thursday. The number of new...
  • Panel calls for Secret Service reforms, including new White House fence

    An independent panel created after multiple security failures by the Secret Service released its findings Thursday, calling for a series of improvements, including a redesigned White House fence, the appointment of a new director from outside the agency,...
  • Teen's exoneration in 1944 slaying comes as relief to surviving relatives

    Aime Ruffner recalled helping her 14-year-old brother, George Stinney Jr., graze the family cow one day in March 1944 in the tiny South Carolina town of Alcolu, deep in the Jim Crow South. Ruffner, then 8 years old, testified at a court hearing in...
  • In Ferguson's shadow, two lawsuits focus on inequalities

    In Ferguson's shadow, two lawsuits focus on inequalities
    The St. Louis area first faced outrage in the streets after the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Now, discontent has moved to the courts — and the issues have little to do with the police use of force. A pair of lawsuits filed...
  • College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics

    College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics
    The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided...
  • Political standoffs in D.C. could impede economic growth in '15

    Political standoffs in D.C. could impede economic growth in '15
    The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation's capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown. Economists worry, though, that the accelerating recovery could soon slow down with new standoffs in...
  • Organized 'crash-and-grab' burglaries using vehicles plague Chicago

    Organized 'crash-and-grab' burglaries using vehicles plague Chicago
    The burglars decided against subtlety. Using a white Dodge Grand Caravan, they jumped the curb and crashed through the front of a Neiman Marcus store at 4 a.m., grabbing high-end handbags and other items. The Dec. 10 burglary on Chicago's upscale...
  • U.S. politics shift out of midterm mode in 2015, but 2014 issues remain

    The year 2014 turned to 2015 with a fierce flip of the page, at least when it comes to national politics. The last year was dominated by a midterm election that proved to be an extravaganza for Republicans, who won control of the Senate and expanded...
  • Air Force analysts in heat of battle, half a world from the front

    Air Force analysts in heat of battle, half a world from the front
    In a vast windowless room, several dozen intelligence analysts worked under the glow of more than 100 computer screens, quietly studying video streaming from U.S. drones and spy planes hunting for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. One team...