Category Archives: public policy

Heinz Awards honors 6 for solving critical human issues

By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who has developed artificial human “microlivers” that can safely test the toxicity of drugs without endangering lives is one of six people chosen to receive Heinz Awards. The awards recognize innovative work in the arts, environment, human condition, public policy and economics categories Continue reading

Volcker says US bank oversight ineffective, seeks overhaul

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective. Continue reading

Group of doctors asks Columbia University to fire Dr. Oz

America’s favorite doctor comes under fire — again. (Photo: Corbis)  Most people know Dr Continue reading

Walker’s Wisconsin budget shows his conservative ideals

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. Continue reading

Ruling on marijuana classification disappoints advocates

By DON THOMPSON and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization. U.S. Continue reading

Protests for $15-an-hour wages set to expand Wednesday

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers Continue reading

Sharpton to preach in South Carolina town where officer shot black man

By Randall Hill By Randall Hill NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Civil rights leader Rev Continue reading

No more playing nice: California names, shames water wasters

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought. Continue reading

CDC: Teens Unfamiliar With Most Effective Form of Birth Control

Teens are largely unfamiliar with the most effective type of birth control, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which encourages greater access to contraceptives other than condoms or pills to further reduce historically low teen pregnancy rates.  The safest method to protect against an unintended pregnancy, scientists write, is to increase the use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) – including an implant in a woman’s arm and an intrauterine device (IUD) placed by a doctor. The method results in a less than 1 percent chance of pregnancy but is the least-used form of contraceptive by teens. Birth control pills are second most effective, with a 9 percent chance of pregnancy, and condoms – thought the most effective prevention against sexually transmitted diseases – carry an 18 percent chance of pregnancy.  “The good news is that teens are taking responsibility for their reproductive health needs,” Lisa Romero, a health scientist in the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health, said in a statement. Continue reading

Religious freedom fight over gay marriage will persist

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative faith leaders have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage has spread throughout the states. And though stunned by Indiana’s retreat from a religious freedom law after an uproar over same-sex marriage, they vow not to give up Continue reading