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The National Rifle Association is keeping silent in response to calls for gun control measures in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yet the massive trail of political money spent by the group shows the potent force any proposals for new restrictions will likely face when the anger and dismay over the shootings recede. Read more»

A Center for Public Integrity probe suggests medical facilities have taken advantage of government’s failure to set billing standards. Read more»

Obama's limousine.

In these troubled economic times, it is perhaps not surprising that the federal government is a bit touchy on the question of just how many limousines it owns and operates. But now it turns out that even defining a limousine is a complex topic worthy of a government memo. Read more»

Many retailers like Club Monaco have turned to call-in shifts for workers to save money.

Retail watchers say big-box stores and shopping-mall stalwarts are increasingly hiring workers for on-call shifts, a trend that cuts labor costs, but leaves workers struggling to get by. Read more» 1

Intricate modern instruments revolutionized surgery, but they have proven difficult to clean, posing serious risks to patients. Read more»

Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the rich. But the number of limos owned by Uncle Sam increased by 73 percent during the first two years of the Obama administration. Read more»