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Victims of Toxic Chemicals Fight for Benefits From VA

November 3, 2014 Veterans who were exposed to toxic contaminants during their service are increasingly becoming casualties in a war with the government—particularly the Veterans Affairs Department—which they say has a record of delaying and denying benefits promised to them by acts of Congress. The list of victims is growing, especially among former...

Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals Fight for VA Benefits

November 3, 2014 Veterans who were exposed to toxic contaminants during their service are increasingly becoming casualties in a war with the government—particularly the Veterans Affairs Department—which they say has a record of delaying and denying benefits promised to them by acts of Congress. The list of victims is growing, especially among former...

Four Years Later, a Sharp Divide on Gulf Oil Spill

April 21, 2014 The state of the Gulf of Mexico four years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history is as unclear as a marsh soaked with petrochemicals. The state of BP, on the other hand, is powerful and proud, with the British energy giant showing little tolerance for criticism over the...

Health Agency Chief Resigns After Clash With Marines Over Camp Lejeune Problems

March 20, 2014 The head of a federal agency that investigates health problems linked to toxic-waste sites has stepped down after a clash with former Marines who believe their families were harmed by poisoned drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Tanja Popovic's sudden resignation followed a tumultuous seven weeks as acting director of the...

Dreaded yellow light may be trap for traffic violations

November 21, 2012 The National Motorists Association has a warning for the millions of drivers hitting the road for the busy holiday travel season: Beware of the yellow lights. The timing of yellow lights on traffic signals at many intersections is purposely set to a minimum so more drivers can be ticketed for...

BP agrees to $4.5 billion settlement of criminal charges in Gulf spill

November 15, 2012 This story has been updated with details of the agreement. In a plea agreement with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, British oil giant BP will pay $4 billion in penalties, including $1.256 billion in criminal fines, over five years, plus $525 million in claims to the...

Patience among Camp Lejeune's military families is wearing thin

June 27, 2012 The bonds between former Marines are as strong as steel—and become even stronger when they share the belief that the Pentagon has done them wrong. Such is the case among thousands of Marine families who spent time at Camp Lejeune, N.C., during several decades when the base’s drinking water was...

White House vows to protect openness while fighting online piracy

January 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ron Edmonds/AP The White House on Saturday made clear that it will oppose any legislation to crack down on digital theft and counterfeiting that would diminish the openness of the Internet. "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response,...

Study finds Republicans have higher digital IQ than Democrats

August 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are seven geniuses in the Senate, and conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has almost as much "digital velocity" as Lady Gaga, says a new study by business professors at The George Washington University and New York University. The unique analysis by Doug Guthrie, dean of the GW School of...

Commerce, Agriculture announce broadband grants totaling $1.8 billion

August 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Commerce and Agriculture departments announced on Wednesday scores of stimulus grants to extend broadband infrastructure to underserved Americans as part of an effort to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas. Grants totaling $1.8 billion for 94 projects in 37 states are aimed at job creation and...

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