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Hormone-Replacement Therapy Seems Safe, Study Finds

July 28, 2014 - 7:20pm
Hormone-replacement therapy started soon after menopause seems safe and lowers some markers of heart-disease risk while significantly reducing hot flashes, according to a multicenter trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Electric Utilities Get No Jolt

July 28, 2014 - 7:08pm
Electricity sales look anemic for the seventh year in a row, despite Americans' growing use of gadgets and an improving unemployment rate.

U.S. Cites Surge in Religious Refugees

July 28, 2014 - 4:51pm
The State Department released a report documenting the largest international displacement of religious communities "in recent memory" in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.

Gun-Law Ruling Worries Doctors

July 28, 2014 - 4:47pm
A court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership is stoking alarm among some medical professionals, who view such questions as part of basic patient care.

Report: Over 80,000 Pentagon Employees Owed Back Taxes

July 28, 2014 - 3:35pm
More than 80,000 Defense Department workers working in sensitive settings owed more than $730 million in taxes to the federal government, according to a new investigation, debts that raise new concerns about safeguards for protecting America's secrets.

Sen. Reid Open to Separating Wildfire and Israel From Border Bill

July 28, 2014 - 3:30pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the door to separating funding for fighting wildfires and Israel's missile defense system from contentious legislation aimed at easing the border crisis.

Pentagon Industrial Policy Chief Resigns

July 28, 2014 - 2:37pm
The U.S. Defense Department is seeking a new industrial policy chief after the resignation of Elana Broitman left a leadership gap at a time of mounting concerns over the financial health of small- and medium-size suppliers.

Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says

July 28, 2014 - 1:59pm
Large-scale U.S. surveillance programs hinder journalists in communicating confidentially with sources and restrain lawyers from adequately representing clients, according to a report issued by two advocacy groups.

Firefighters Battle Western Wildfires

July 28, 2014 - 1:41pm
Firefighters made progress Monday containing several giant wildfires burning in western states, but officials in those states continued to worry about the weather.

Border Surge Complicates GOP Pitch to Hispanics

July 28, 2014 - 11:07am
Republicans have been hunting for ways to reach out to Hispanic voters, but that effort may be complicated as a surge of children crossing the border has prompted the party to take a tough line on border security and illegal immigration.

Senate Prospects Brighten for GOP

July 28, 2014 - 10:19am
With 100 days to go until the midterm election, strong bids by several Republican candidates and President Obama's sagging approval ratings are boosting GOP chances of capturing a Senate majority.

Trees Get the Ax in War Against Asian Beetle

July 28, 2014 - 7:32am
In a quiet neighborhood lined with small homes in Worcester, Mass., residents are grumbling about plans by authorities to cut down about 500 city trees starting Monday in an ongoing war against an exotic pest, the Asian longhorned beetle.

U.S. Pending Home Sales Slip

July 28, 2014 - 7:18am
The number of contracts signed to buy previously-owned homes slipped in June, a sign the housing recovery remains choppy despite a retreat in interest rates.