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Unhealthy shortage of counselors

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Changes to health care law in the past year gave millions of Americans access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, but did nothing to address a shortage of professionals who can provide that care. Experts say the shortage of providers has reached “crisis” levels, and there is little indication that their numbers will increase to keep pace with the demand. “We have a shortage all across the … 0

Changes eyed for military’s retirement plan

Sunday, May 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Congress is considering changing, for the first time in decades, the way service members get retirement pay. Military retirement now carries an all-or-nothing pension plan that requires a minimum of 20 years of service. The new plan would cut those pensions to 40 percent of pay from 50 percent, and create a matched 401(k)-style plan open to all service members. … 0

Income inequality in heart of the Capitol

Sunday, May 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It’s their life. Many of the Capitol’s food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make … 0

New study casts doubt on college women assault statistic

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — A new survey of young Americans by Harvard’s Institute of Politics casts doubt on the widely repeated statistic that one in five women in college are victims of sexual assault. The one-in-five figure comes from a survey conducted in 2007 for the Justice Department at two … 0

After historic arguments, court to rule on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy’s record on the issue could give … 0

Genetic testing moves into world of employee health

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve … 0

Baltimore cleans up, braces for more tensions

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore braced for another night under a state of emergency, with officials promising that thousands of police officers and Maryland National Guard troops would patrol the streets Tuesday and ensure calm after looting, fires and rioting … 0

After decades, NFL gives up tax-exempt status

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Every so often, in a bid to sound threatening, a member of Congress has vowed to revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status. Now Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will give it up voluntarily to “eliminate this … 0

Should states tell welfare recipients how to spend their benefits?

Monday, April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Kansas’ new law that restricts welfare recipients from using their benefits to get a tattoo, consult a psychic or take a cruise has made for endless fodder on the late-night talk show circuit. Supporters argue the law will push the poor to obtain gainful employment, and … 0

State of emergency declared in Baltimore

Monday, April 27, 2015

BALTIMORE — Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry … 0

‘We do a dirty job’

Monday, April 27, 2015

CATANIA, Italy — Passengers forced into death traps below the deck. A gun- and stick-wielding ship captain. Cocky entrepreneurs boasting about buying and selling migrants and running smuggling routes from Somalia to Sweden. New details about the lucrative … 0

4,200 dead and counting

Monday, April 27, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — As the death toll from Nepal’s massive earthquake passed 4,200 Monday, survivors of the disaster in the capital struggled to cope with shortages of electricity, gasoline, water, cash and sanitary facilities. Phone and Internet links … 0

Obama warns of anti-globalization sentiment

Monday, April 27, 2015

President Barack Obama said the rising anti-globalization sentiment in factions of both political parties risks a withdrawal by the U.S. from global economic competition and stymied growth. Obama, speaking Monday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, … 0