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Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said President Obama's new ozone regulations may be "the most expensive ever imposed on industry in America."  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Business, environmental lobbies break sharply over EPA ozone rule

Braced for months for far-reaching action from the Obama administration, both business and environmental groups were quick to react Wednesday after the Environmental Protection Agency formally announced its plans to set new lower guidelines to cut smog pollution. Published November 26, 2014

May Berenbaum, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shakes President Obama's hand as he awarded her the National Medal of Science during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday. The president presented this year's top national awards for science, technology and innovation. (Associated Press)

Feds invest $28M more for STEM education

President Obama announced a new partnership Thursday with an array of organizations to invest $28 million to increase the number of math, science and technology teachers in classrooms across the country, at a White House ceremony where the president presented this year's top national awards for science, technology and innovation. Published November 20, 2014

Tea party favorite and ex-Redskin Clint Didier is trailing Republican Dan Newhouse by just 2 percent as the two battle to succeed retiring Rep. Doc Hastings, a Republican who has represented the 4th District in the center of Washington state since 1995. (Associated Press)

Ex-Redskin Didier finally concedes Wash. state House fight

It’s three-and-out for former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier as he conceded defeat Wednesday after a close race with fellow Republican Dan Newhouse for a House seat in Washington state. Published November 19, 2014

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Parents fear Web's influence on children: survey

Nearly half of all American parents say they are skeptical about the usefulness of the Internet for their children, worried that the harm from being online outweighs the benefits, according to a new survey released Wednesday. Published November 12, 2014

Nearly half of all American parents say they are skeptical about the usefulness of the Internet for their children, worried that the harm from being online outweighs the benefits, according to a new survey. (AP Photo)

Parents see online dangers

Nearly half of all American parents say they are skeptical about the usefulness of the Internet for their children, worried that the harm from being online outweighs the benefits, according to a new survey. Published November 12, 2014

Tea party favorite and ex-Redskin Clint Didier is trailing Republican Dan Newhouse by just 2 percent as the two battle to succeed retiring Rep. Doc Hastings, a Republican who has represented the 4th District in the center of Washington state since 1995. (Associated Press)

Clint Didier, ex-Redskin trails in cliffhanger House race

Politics, like football, can be a game of inches, and former Washington Redskin tight end Clint Didier may have come up just short of the goal line in his cliffhanger third try to win a U.S. House seat in Washington state. Published November 6, 2014

Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business, said a change of leadership in the Senate was crucial for American business. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Business welcomes midterm GOP takeover

Leading business groups, savoring the results of Tuesday's election and victories by a slew of pro-business Republicans at the federal and state level, said Wednesday they are looking for their own version of change from President Obama and his administration. Published November 5, 2014

Washington Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser speaks to supporters at the Howard Theatre in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Bowser is favored to continue her party's unbeaten streak for the city's top office in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Muriel Bowser is elected as D.C. mayor

Democrat Muriel Bowser fended off a challenge from two independents on Tuesday to win election as the seventh mayor in the District’s history. Published November 4, 2014

Lindsey Kelly works at the campaign office for the Yes on CC measure, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Santa Ana, Calif. Measure CC regulates and controls medical cannabis dispensaries in the city of Santa Ana.  This fall, like several other cities and counties in California, Santa Ana is trying a new tactic for regulating pot,  the ballot box. Recognizing its losing battle against weed, the Santa Ana City Council is asking voters to consider a measure that would allow pot dispensaries under strict operating rules. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Big shift: Likely Millennial voters now lean Republican

In a significant political shift, millennials who are likely to vote now slightly favor the Republican Party and could be a deciding factor in races across the country in November, according to a new poll that shows 18-29-year-olds are politically up for grabs. Published October 29, 2014

Afghan economy struggles amid security fears as U.S. troops pull out

The 10th annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference will be different from the previous nine. The looming departure of most U.S. and international troops means the Afghan economy will be challenged to grow without the security blanket and international focus provided over the past decade. Published October 27, 2014

FILE - In this July 14, 2010 file photo, Avi Yisrael, 3, looks at Barbie Dolls, which are produced by Mattel, at a toy store in Palo Alto, Calif. Mattel on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 reported that Barbie sales fell 21 percent for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2014, even sharper than the 15 percent drop in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) **FILE**

Mattel not living in a Barbie world

Her marketing slogan once was "We Girls Can Do Anything," but Barbie isn't doing much to help her manufacturer's bottom line these days. Published October 16, 2014

aftermath: Clemson students remember Tucker Hipps, who was found in a lake after going missing during a run with his fraternity. A slew of rush-related hazing deaths has college campuses considering removing Greek organizations. (Associated Press/the independent-mail)

College fraternities under fire for hazing, offensive behavior

Clemson University last month suspended all social activities for some two dozen fraternities following the August death of a student in a hazing incident and what officials say are a "high number" of incidents "ranging from alcohol-related medical emergencies to sexual misconduct." Published October 12, 2014