United States

Trans-fats to be phased out, FDA says

by Brady Dennis Washington Post November 7, 2013

Artificial trans fats, a key ingredient in everything from pastries to pizzas to microwave popcorn for generations, will be banished from America’s food supply under a new federal proposal because of their risk to public health...

Big corporate spending pays off in Washington’s genetically modified food fight

by Niraj Shokshi Washington Post November 6, 2013

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Children from poor families lag in cognitive development and other areas, report says

by Michael Alison Chandler Washington Post November 4, 2013

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Joe Torpey has been alternating between stays in a Walmart lot and spots in the woods for the past seven years. Due to a back injury he received several years ago, he has had a tough time finding work. “This car saved my life,” he says of his 1998 Ford Taurus station wagon. He fears that his car will break down, because he doesn’t think he’ll last living on the street. Photo: Nolan Conway/Wired

Meet the American nomads of Walmart’s plentiful parking lots

by Jakob Schiller Wired November 1, 2013

IF YOU’VE EVER tried to sleep in your car on a long trip without planning ahead, you may have run into the law at some point. Each U.S. city has a different policy and tolerance for car-sleeping and it’s hard to find a legit spot if you don’t know where exactly you’ll be stopping...

Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure

by Eric M Johnson and Carey Gillam Reuters October 30, 2013

Oct 29 Major U.S. food and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to block approval of a ballot initiative in Washington state that would make it the first in the United States to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified crops....

Food stamps will get cut by $5 billion this week—and more cuts could follow

by Brad Plumber Washington Post October 28, 2013

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Ohio governor defies GOP with defense of social safety net

by Trip Gabriel New York Times October 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington....

After troops leave, US to lose access to Afghan reconstruction projects worth billions

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Scott Higham Washington Post October 26, 2013

As coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan, U.S.-funded reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars in far-flung regions of the country will soon be impossible for American officials to safely visit and directly inspect...

Majority of public school children in South and West now live near or below poverty line, study says

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian October 17, 2013

For the first time since the 1960s, a majority of the children in public schools in the South and West of the United States come from families living below, at or not far above the poverty line, according to a new study. The study's findings are part of a trend that is set to continue across the nat...

McDonald’s low wages cost taxpayers $1.2 billion annually

by Hayley Peterson Business Insider October 15, 2013

Earlier we reported on a new study that found half of fast food workers rely on some form of public assistance to supplement their low wages, costing taxpayers roughly $7 billion annually....