The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C., has officially opened to the public. The memorial will be formally dedicated on Aug. 28 — the anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech — and will cap a five-day celebration that could draw as many as 250,000 people.
After six months of civil war, Libyan rebels swept into Tripoli on Sunday and laid claim to most of the city. Government troops and snipers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi continued to put up a last-ditch resistance near his compound, though it is unknown if the Libyan leader was still inside.
Passengers who rode on Amtrak’s northeast regional train No. 171 last Wednesday may have been exposed to the measles. Virginia health officials issued the alert after a foreign visitor came down with the highly contagious illness.
In an effort to re-engineer a recovery and stop the massive sell-off of its stock, Bank of America reportedly plans to lay off 3,500 employees this quarter. Thousands more could lose their jobs in the coming months.
The recession has taken a serious toll on American workers, businesses and homeowners. But now the trickle down effect of the economic climate can be seen in the country’s most vulnerable members: children.
According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, child poverty in the US increased 18 percent over the past decade. In 2009, nearly 15 million children — or 20 percent of the juvenile population — were living in poverty.
Faced with stagnant unemployment rates, a lowered credit rating and the threat of a double dip recession, President Barack Obama plans to give a major speech about job creation and debt reduction in September.
In June, the Food and Drug Administration released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. Now, four of the five largest US tobacco companies want a judge to stop the government from using them.
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