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How Piketty's research shaped wealth gap debate

French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 percent.

Union protests postal counters in Staples stores

Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.

Pujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game

Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499.

US clears Egypt for some military assistance

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

Kerry says Russia lacks positive steps in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry is telling the Russian foreign minister that he is deeply concerned over what he describes as the lack of positive steps by the Russians to de-escalate the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine.

EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states.

Poll: Indians view rape as big problem, laws lax

A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and think the criminal justice system is inadequate to deal with it.

JetBlue pilots vote for first time to unionize

The National Mediation Board says pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes.

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

Correction: Biofuels-Global Warming story

In a story April 20 about new research showing biofuels made with corn leftovers are worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, The Associated Press erroneously reported that cellulosic biofuels that failed to release 60 percent less carbon than gasoline wouldn't earn a $1 per gallon subsidy. That tax subsidy expired on Dec. 31, 2013.

UN envoy raises possibility of Somali withdrawal

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia warned Tuesday that the U.N. and other foreign diplomats may have to withdraw from the war-ravaged nation if they continue to be attacked.

Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.

Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record -- except in the United States.

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