The leftover prescription drugs you have around your house are at the center of a battle between small government and big pharmaceutical companies.
The immediate aim is to have the pharmaceutical companies take care of disposing of extra drugs. But Alameda County in northern California wants to make manufacturers think about the life cycles of their products — from their creation to what happens when they're no longer needed.
A man rides a motorcycle near houses that were rebuilt in an area in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, that was devastated by the tsunami that hit on Dec. 26, 2004.
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A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction.
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Sabari, who lives in Lhoknga, lost his wife and child in the tsunami. He holds a portrait of himself with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who visited the area. Sabari is one of the many people in the area who are still suffering from the trauma of their losses.
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Banda Aceh, before and after: The top photo shows debris near the Great Mosque, background, on Dec. 29, 2004. The bottom photo shows the same area on Nov. 19, 2013.
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Indonesian soldiers check the identification of two Acehnese men during a patrol on Dec. 4, 2004. One of the positive effects of the devastating tsunami is that it led to the end of the Indonesian occupation of Aceh.
After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.
Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Department of Agriculture set on the amount of grains and protein that could be served at meal-time.
In some districts, program participation dropped as more kids decided to brown-bag it and bring their own food to school.
President Obama speaks in April after the Senate rejected a bill that would expand background checks on guns. The White House is seeking to clarify rules that bar firearm possession due to mental health problems.
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 4:58 pm
Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the Obama administration says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.