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Older US Women May Face Financial Risk: GAO

Wednesday April 16, 2014

As the percentage of the U.S. population that is married continues to decline, so do the chances of remaining financially secure in their "golden" years for many American women, according to the Government Accountability Office. [Learn more...]

Also See: More Unmarried Parents Choosing to Live Together

You Are Not a Jerk, But

Tuesday April 15, 2014

You may have been jerked around by Jerk.com, a social media website that labeled millions of people a "jerk," then tried to charge them money to improve their image, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Read More...

Congress Is Breaking Again

Monday April 14, 2014

Easter is next Sunday, April 20, and while most Americans who observe it will spend a day or two at most doing so, the entire U.S. Congress began its annual Easter break on April 10 and won't get back to doing "the peoples' work" until April 28. Read More...

State Dept. Lost Track of $6 Billion

Friday April 11, 2014

The U.S. State Department is unable to properly account for $6 billion spent on third-party contracts over the last six years, according to the agency's office of inspector general (OIG). Read More...

VA Says It Has Cut Claims Backlog 44 Percent

Thursday April 10, 2014

The Veterans Administration (VA) says it has reduced its persistent backlog of unprocessed claims for disability benefits by 44% since March 2013, when the number of pending claims peaked at more than 611,000. Read More...

Probe Finds Substandard Care in Nursing Homes

Wednesday April 9, 2014

In 2005, then HHS secretary Tommy Thompson said the level of care in U.S. nursing homes had improved significantly. But according to a federal inspector general, even if that was true in 2005, nursing home medical care has gone downhill rapidly since. [Learn more...]

Also See: Being 90 in America: No Decade at the Beach

TSA Plans to Better Protect Airport Screeners

Tuesday April 8, 2014

After the shooting death of a security screener in Los Angeles last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released recommendations intended to improve workplace safety for its airport-based employees. Read More...

Senator to Offer Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

Monday April 7, 2014

The first Iraq war veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate has announced he will introduce a bill intended to help the Veterans Administration (VA) stop the growing epidemic of suicides among U.S. combat veterans. Read More...

GOP Budget Would End Funding for Libraries

Friday April 4, 2014

Federal funding for public libraries and museums nationwide would end under the Fiscal Year 2015 Republican federal budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Read More...

US Spends $400K for Camel Statue in Pakistan

Thursday April 3, 2014

At long last, the U.S. Embassy building in Islamabad, Pakistan won't have to get by without a 500-pound statue of a camel looking at a needle, because U.S. taxpayers are spending $400,000 to buy it one. Read More...

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