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Why America's gas = China's coal

Will exporting more U.S. liquified natural gas worsen climate change?

Public schools are hurting more in the recovery than in the recession

The federal money that schools — particularly urban schools — relied on during the recession fell in 2011 and 2012. As a result, total school funding — a combination of federal, state and local funding — fell in 2012 for the first time since 1977, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Your vanilla ice cream is about to get weirder

Your food could soon be made with synbio — a new technology that inserts computer-generated DNA sequences into living cells.

War gear flows to police departments

Police departments are adding more firepower and military gear than ever. Some, especially in larger cities, have used federal grant money to buy armored cars and other tactical gear.

When a parent goes to prison, a child also pays a price

Since 1970, the number of minors with an incarcerated parent has increased from 350,000 to more than 2 million. Children on the outside suffer for their parents’ crimes and often end up homeless or in foster care.

Map: Cutting the carbon pollution output

The EPA announced Monday a plan that calls for U.S. power plants to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Check out this map that shows what areas in the U.S. are projected to benefit the most by 2020.

Why We Still Can’t Afford to Fix America’s Broken Infrastructure

Much like Pittsburgh, the rest of the country is having trouble keeping up with repairs to its aging infrastructure. State and local governments remain heavily indebted and they haven't issued as many new municipal bonds in the past three years as they did from 2001 to 2010.

A safe place to stay: the struggle to find housing for America's mentally ill patients

Pennsylvania, like nearly every other state, has a severe shortage of public beds for psychiatric care.

House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions

The Obama administration has opened the clemency process to non-violent offenders who have served more than 10 years in prison. But House lawmakers say the Justice Department can’t use any money in its budget for employees to screen clemency applications. 

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