Delta about to offer one of the coolest upgrades yet

Delta Air Lines is cooking up what may be one of the most appealing flight upgrades yet: one that allows you to bag a commercial flight altogether and board a...


George Washington U applicants no longer need to take admissions

WASHINGTON — George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent...


Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

SAN FRANCISCO — Jody Kearns doesn’t like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson’s disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York,...


Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

WASHINGTON — In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to...

Tax Talk

Understanding gambling winnings and losses

You just won a jackpot on a slot machine! But before getting too excited let’s take a look at the tax consequences. Until Congress approves the changes...


Congress pushes ahead on highway bill after Senate smackdown

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are pushing forward on must-pass highway legislation after an amendment reviving the federal Export-Import Bank provoked a heated clash...


Giant leap for Smithsonian fundraising

WASHINGTON — Smithsonian officials are over the moon that they needed only five days to complete their first Kickstarter fundraising campaign — to...


Deep-sea mining looms as UN body issues contracts

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized...


Vista Outdoor buys paddle board company

CLEARFIELD — Vista Outdoor Inc. announced it has acquired privately owned Jimmy Styks, LLC, a designer and marketer of stand-up paddle boards and related...


Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

WASHINGTON — The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said, handing lawmakers a...

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