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Driving in America has stalled.

By Associated_Press Aug 29, 2013 3:32PM

JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

Cars travel on the rebuilt Vermont Route 107 in Bethel, Vt.Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over? (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)After rising for decades, total vehicle use in the U.S. — the collective miles people drive — peaked in August 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession and has largely plateaued since, even though the economy is recovering and the population growing. Just this week the Federal Highway Administration reported vehicle miles traveled during the first half of 2013 were down slightly, continuing the trend.


Are employers responsible for civility — and can they really enforce it?

By Rich_Maloof Aug 28, 2013 4:18PM

btrenkel/Getty Images As the state of the economy leaves fewer employees doing more work for less money, with a reduction in resources to boot, the prevalence of rudeness in the workplace appears to be on the rise. Findings from an ongoing study indicate that a full 98 percent of workers report experiences of uncivil behavior at work.


It's ingrained in an individual’s personality, research suggests.

By Joy Jernigan - MSN Living Editor Aug 26, 2013 8:45PM

Why do haters seem to dislike everything?Some people seem to dislike everything.

But what makes haters hate?

It’s all part of our individual personality — or “dispositional attitude,” according to new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


How well do racial and ethnic groups get along these days?

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Aug 26, 2013 6:45PM

According to a recent Pew Research Center study on race and ethnicity, most blacks, whites and Hispanics say they get along reasonably well with each other.

Aldo Murillo/Getty Images


The tiny town is considering a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and people skeptical of government surveillance.

By Associated_Press Aug 22, 2013 4:22PM

DEER TRAIL, Colo. (AP) — This tiny plains town an hour east of Denver doesn't have much to offer visitors: a gas station, a bar and a small-time rodeo one weekend a year.
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/APBut Deer Trail, population 500, is considering a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and people skeptical of government surveillance. On Oct. 8, citizens will vote on whether to issue permits to hunt drones.


Distressing news from Syria urges greater awareness of the horrors of chemical weapons.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 22, 2013 3:52PM
Syrian refugees walk from Syria into the border town of Peshkhabour, Iraq. (© REX/Xinhua/UNHCR/Galiya Gubaeva) Grim reports from Syria allege that President Bashar Assad’s forces used chemical weapons early today in a sharply escalating conflict with activists and rebels. Unconfirmed estimates of civilian and fighter casualties vary widely, but the numbers begin in the hundreds.
A spokesman for the Free Syria Army said the death toll exceeds 1,200. State television denied the opposition claims, NBC reports, maintaining that baseless information is being disseminated even as chemical weapons experts from the United Nations arrive in the country. The U.N. Security Council convened an emergency meeting today in response. 
Following are a few basic facts regarding chemical weapons.

Seattle Police public affairs officers gave out bags of Doritos with a sticker affixed that helped spell out rules for marijuana users.

By Associated_Press Aug 20, 2013 6:46PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A few eBay users are seeing a money-making opportunity in the free bags of chips that were given out by police over the weekend at Seattle's pot festival known as Hempfest.
Photo: Joshua Trujillo/AP/seattlepi.comAn unopened Doritos bag from Hempfest had drawn eight bids by Monday afternoon, pushing the price to $58. One bag listed as "used" was fetching $50.


The Nevada site was a top-secret testing facility of the CIA.

By Rich_Maloof Aug 20, 2013 4:18PM

Area 51 // (DigitalGlobe/Getty Images) Newly declassified documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the CIA has indeed maintained a top-secret base at the famed Nevada site known as Area 51.

Conspiracy buffs, rejoice: You were right that the government was conducting highly classified tests deep in the Nevada desert. UFO buffs, though, may find the truth more stinging than an alien probe. The report makes no mention of extraterrestrial crash landings, Venutian corpses or recovered space ships. There have indeed been aircraft cloaked in secrecy at Area 51, but they were all developed by and for Earthlings. •

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