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The case for carbon taxes has long been compelling. With the recent steep fall in oil prices and associated declines in other energy prices, it has become overwhelming. There is room for debate about the size of the tax and about how the proceeds should be deployed. But there...
She was alarmed after seeing some of the risque selfies her students were posting online. So, sixth-grade teacher Melissa Bour decided to teach the 11- and 12-year-olds a lesson - by showing them how quickly a photo or comment can go viral on the internet. The science and math...
Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year — one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and teacher training. NCLB cleared Congress in 2002 with...
The sheriff's office in Okeechobee, Fla., received an unusual call Monday from a father who wanted to be supervised when spanking his daughter. The dad said that he wanted to discipline his 12-year-old daughter for getting in a heated argument with her sister, but he did not...
On the last day of 2014, The Price Is Right decided to see if its contestants could accurately name the price of an iPhone 6. Host Drew Carey presented a 16GB iPhone 6 with a one-year calling and data plan. As anyone who has watched this daytime game show knows, the four...
DENVER (AP) Don’t worry about a federal lawsuit. But do worry about tax rates. Those are among the many lessons Colorado and Washington have to share from the front lines of America’s marijuana experiment. LESSON ONE: DON’T BE TIMID Public officials in the pioneering marijuana...
The next Big Data threat to our privacy may come from the electricity we consume in our homes. “Smart” online power meters are tracking energy use — and that data may soon be worth more than the electricity they distribute. The Department of Energy is publishing in January the...
California is about to start issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented migrants, a major step in the campaign to legalise the status of more than a million people in the state. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has ramped up staffing levels in anticipation of a wave of...
All it took was a plane ticket, and an informal background check over Facebook. Then he was ushered to the front lines in Syria, fighting against the Islamic State. In a rare, exclusive interview with Fox News, a U.S. military veteran with multiple tours in Iraq detailed his...