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The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.
The Greek plan would keep Athens' budget under control while spending more on social programs. European ministers agreed to extend financial assistance by four months, but the IMF was more skeptical.
Scientists interviewed more than a thousand men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.
Our Peace Corps correspondent meets the giant ball of carbs that floats in many a Ghanaian stew. She takes a pinch (using her right hand only). And she learns to almost love it.
The line of the day goes to President Obama, by way of the 'Marketplace Desk of News We Could have Told You Yesterday.
"I am hereby returning herewith, without my signature, S. 1, the 'Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.'"
Which is the long and presidential way of saying ... veto.
Also, this note from Brussels, Belgium. Eurozone finance ministers rubber-stamped Greek economic reforms that Athens promised to write down as a condition of the bailout extension they got last week. Which means we'll be doing the Greek debt crisis thing again come June.
Yep, the can kicked ... once again.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new guidelines to car makers this week, clarifying how they should measure gas mileage. Auto-makers like Hyundai, Kia and Ford have gotten in trouble for over-stating fuel-economy claims, and many consumers assume that the miles-per-gallon numbers on a new-car sticker must be taken with a heavy grain of salt.
However, the big surprise about those numbers is this: For most cars, they’re pretty accurate.
David Greene, a professor at the University of Tennessee, was one of the architects of the website fueleconomy.gov, where consumers report their actual mileage. Now, he's looking at how close those thousands of reports are to the official mpg numbers.
"They are pretty close— within a couple of percentage points— on average," he says. "But that’s kind of like saying the average family has 2.6 children. Nobody has 2.6 children."
As the saying goes, your mileage will vary, depending on how and where you drive. But the numbers reflect the average.
It wasn’t always this way, but in 2008 the E.P.A. changed testing procedures to reflect reality— including driving speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, air-conditioning systems running against 95-degree heat, and the like.
The result: the estimated mpg on most cars dropped by 10 to 20 percent.
Emergency crews are working among several Metrolink train cars that were thrown onto their sides by a powerful collision near Oxnard, California.
Rajendra K. Pachauri's departure from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big embarrassment for the group, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore.