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Campaign Committees Raise Almost $500M
Campaign Committees Raise Almost $500M By
WASHINGTON (AP) — The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate elections and six House districts had unplanned races — and...
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Going Under The Knife To Save A Life
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Going Under The Knife To Save A Life By
Would you donate your kidney to a complete stranger? What would motivate someone to undertake such a random and extraordinary act of kindness? This week Mint Press News spoke with one such person – Maryann Ford, a 45-year-old woman from New York City who has made the...
Short-Sighted: NCLB Taking Students In Wrong Direction By Cutting Recess, PE
Short-Sighted: NCLB Taking Students In Wrong Direction By Cutting Recess, PE By
Fourth-grade student Kevin Killion listens attentively to his daily class lesson, all the while walking at a moderate pace on a classroom treadmill. “It gets oxygen in your brain,” the fourth grader told Mint Press News. “I feel like I get a lot of oxygen so I can...
Drone Schools Suggest Inevitability Of Drones In Everyday Life
Drone Schools Suggest Inevitability Of Drones In Everyday Life By
This week, the United States Navy launched its drone prototype, the X-47B, from the deck of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush off the coast of Maryland. The X-47B is the first drone that has proven successful in launching from and landing on an aircraft carrier, giving the military...
Peace Activists Face Terrorism Charges For Trying To Turn Reactor Into Plowshares
Peace Activists Face Terrorism Charges For Trying To Turn Reactor Into Plowshares By
On June 28, 2012, three longtime peace activists — Sister Megan Rice, 82, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57 and Michael Walli, 63 — cut through a chain-link fence surrounding a nuclear weapons production facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which had signs saying “No Trespassing.”...
Caribbean Talks Conservation On Branson’s Island
Caribbean Talks Conservation On Branson’s Island By
In a bid to safeguard biodiversity and the Caribbean’s tourism-based economy, regional political leaders and corporate executives will gather Friday on billionaire Richard Branson’s private island with the aim of protecting 20 percent of the region’s coastal...
Charitable Donations Keep Arizona Buyback Program Alive Before Summer Ban
Charitable Donations Keep Arizona Buyback Program Alive Before Summer Ban By
More than $200,000 in charitable donations are giving Arizona residents another opportunity to take part in a gun buyback program, just one month after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that essentially will halt similar programs from taking place. The law...
New Illinois Fracking Regulations Heralded As ‘Compromise’; Locals Disagree
New Illinois Fracking Regulations Heralded As ‘Compromise’; Locals Disagree By
While touted as a compromise by local media, proposed fracking regulations being considered by Illinois lawmakers aren’t being accepted by community members who long have called for a moratorium and science-based environmental study on the impacts of the industry. The...
Florida Proposes That Poor Pay Three Times More For Health Insurance Than Legislators
Florida Proposes That Poor Pay Three Times More For Health Insurance Than Legislators By
According to the 2010 Census, 16.7 percent of all Americans do not have health insurance. Of this population, six in 10 uninsured households have at least one adult working full time, per the Kaiser Family Foundation. With the average cost of single-coverage health insurance...
At Least 6 Dead After Tornadoes Plow Through Texas
At Least 6 Dead After Tornadoes Plow Through Texas By
GRANBURY, Texas — A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. In...