Jul 2, 2012

Law blog roundup

That was some power outage over the weekend! But enough about the Orioles. Here are some news items to get your holiday week started. — Divorce can be a risky business. — The decision was not a total loss for GOP attorneys general. — Jobs come and go, but law school lasts forever. — Policy: […]

Jun 4, 2012

Kids could someday get on Facebook, without lying

NEW YORK — Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age. Now, the company is testing out ways to allow younger kids on its site without needing to lie. It would be under parental supervision, such as by connecting children’s accounts to their parents’ […]

May 20, 2012

Policy changes follow Penn State scandal

COLLEGE PARK — When Bowie State University athletic director Anton Goff first heard about the Penn State football child molestation scandal, he shared the same reaction as much of the country: shock and horror. With a college athletics program in his charge, however, his thought process quickly went deeper. “I think most of us in […]

Apr 23, 2012

Life insurers pay $262 million after N.Y. probe

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says life insurance companies have paid more than $262 million to more than 32,000 consumers nationwide after an investigation of unpaid benefits. The state Department of Financial Services probe found many insurance companies regularly received a list of recent deaths from the Social Security Administration but didn’t use them […]

Apr 16, 2012

Gay Naval Academy alumni commemorate DADT repeal

ANNAPOLIS — A gay and lesbian alumni group for graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy is welcoming the first midshipmen who will graduate after repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Ninety-four people attended a dinner on Saturday that has been an annual event held by USNA Out since 2009. This year was different, […]

Mar 21, 2012

Obama, GOP vie for upper hand on energy

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Wooing a nation of increasingly angry motorists, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are all plunging into gas-pump politics, seeking the upper hand as energy becomes a driving issue in the election campaign. The president is defending his energy agenda this week, traveling Wednesday to a solar panel plant in […]

Jan 17, 2012

Many 2010 tax breaks were still in place for 2011

There are tax breaks for college students, job hunters and victims of natural disasters. If much of it seems familiar, that’s because it is. With all the talk about tax reform, there weren’t many changes to tax law in 2011. “For most people the numbers are changing but the basic concepts are the same,” said […]

Jan 12, 2012

Maryland schools ranked 1st in the nation again

Maryland public schools have been ranked first in the nation for the fourth year in a row by a leading education publication. Education Week gave the state an overall letter grade of a B+ in its annual report, which analyzes state education policies and student achievement. Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia followed Maryland with a […]

Jan 3, 2012

Fed to regularly forecast interest-rate changes

WASHINGTON — In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start updating the public four times a year on how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows, according to minutes from its December policy meeting. The first forecast will be included in the central bank’s economic projections after its Jan. 24-25 […]

Dec 13, 2011

Fed says economy is healthier, takes no new steps

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost the economy. Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its latest policy statement. Fed officials cautioned that unemployment remains high. And it […]

Nov 22, 2011

Fed considers more clarity on interest rate policy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers this month discussed how they could give businesses and investors more information about what might trigger an increase in interest rates, according to minutes of the Nov. 1-2 meeting. But the Fed held off making any changes. A panel headed by Vice Chairman Janet Yellen is exploring ways to provide […]

Aug 30, 2011

Biden calls for new clean energy policy for U.S.

LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden says the United States can’t lead the world in the 21st century with its current energy policy. He says the U.S. will trade its dependence on foreign oil for a dependence on foreign clean energy technology if the nation’s leaders don’t act. Biden spoke Tuesday at the fourth-annual […]

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