Chile's 33 trapped miners have something good to think about: their next jobs. Bulldozer driver, mechanic, electrician. And here's a couple they might find particularly useful: "risk reduction specialist" and "escape-tunnel driller."
Virtually certain of losing a showdown vote in the Senate, Democrats frustrated in their quest to extend jobless benefits and help for doctors facing Medicare payment cuts are scaling back a catchall tax and spending bill.
Companies are cutting jobs by the tens of thousands. State and local governments are penny-pinching, too. So what about Uncle Sam? Tough times for him as well? Not exactly. In fact the number of federal workers is on the rise.
It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: ''Dropout Factory,'' a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America.
Testing all new hospital patients for a dangerous staph "superbug" could help wipe out a germ that likely kills more Americans than AIDS, consumer advocates say and early evidence suggests. Yet few U.S. hospitals do it, and many fight efforts to require it. Why?
Federal, county and bank prosecutors say 43-year-old Carol Crane of Portland recruited thieves to take credit and debit cards and checks from places with lax security. View surveillance photos of other suspects within this story.