As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.
In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.
Murmansk, Russia, is the largest city above the Arctic Circle. If Russia follows through with plans to explore for oil and natural gas offshore in the Arctic Ocean, the city and its port could see significant economic benefits.
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Four years ago, Russian researchers made a bold, if unseen, move. From a submarine, deep beneath the icy waters of the North Pole, they planted a Russian flag on the ocean floor.
Russia has the world's longest Arctic border, which stretches more than 10,000 miles. And for Russia, that 2007 research mission was only the beginning of a major drive to claim ownership of vast portions of the Arctic, as well as the oil and gas deposits that are beneath.
In Syria, the navy is being used for the first time against the protest movement there. Gunships have been shelling the coastal city of Latakia, where more than 30 people have been killed over the last four days. Residents say they fear the crackdown could get worse.
Corey Berkstresser's father bought the Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid 80s. The family has worked hard to build up the business. But these days, gas prices are up and the effects of the bad economy are showing up everywhere. Even the tips the waitresses get are down. Everyone is blaming Washington for the mess.
President Obama will host a forum on rural economic development in Iowa Tuesday. It's the middle stop on a three-day bus tour of the upper Midwest. As he talks about job growth, Obama is also testing out the themes that are likely to define his 2012 re-election campaign.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are discussing what additional measures can be taken to contain the crisis. France is struggling to maintain its triple-A bond rating — while the Germans try to limit expectations that they will always come to the rescue of countries in trouble.
Over the last two decades, employers have been shutting down defined-benefit pension plans and steering their workers into 401(k)-type savings plans. But the returns on many of these retirement funds have been dismal for more than a decade.