Lukas Haeder, the author’s son, on his birthday.
A routine childbirth proves expensive and complicated. Insurance company adjustments, inconsistent billing and mystery costs flummoxed even a health policy expert and his wife, a teacher.
For many, the job of a pilot has lost its luster.
Over the last three decades, the number of US pilots has decreased by 30 percent. That problem is only going to get worse as demand increases.
A biker rides his Harley-Davidson during a parade in Germany.
The motorcycle maker angered Trump after it said it plans to move some production overseas to avoid EU tariffs – just a few months after the president praised the company for being a 'true American icon.'
Hate crimes increased in many major cities in 2016 and 2017.
In 38 US cities, hate crimes rose 12 percent in 2017. There were 1,038 hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities – the most in more than a decade.
Contrasting cityscapes, similar challenges
Universities teach students and produce research -- but do they have responsibility to engage with the communities that surround them? Two university presidents explain why their answer is an emphatic yes.
The Indian Point nuclear power station outside New York City will be decommissioned by 2021.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
There is simply no credible evidence supporting the contention that America is experiencing a grid emergency.
Wall Street needs a new face.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
In giving Dodd-Frank the Botox treatment, Congress misses the point of what's wrong with financial regulation: It's an old mess.
Naloxone is often used to revive people overdosing from opioids.
Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act in March 2017 was just one of many to undo the health law.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Efforts to undo Obamacare went far beyond grass-roots activities, with new research showing that contributions by businesses were significant. Does this signal a change in the political process?
Oklahoma teachers rally outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma teachers strike is about more than just pay, but rather a longstanding pattern of decline in funding for the state's public schools.
University of Pennsylvania players celebrate winning the 2018 Ivy League title as fans storm the court.
AP Photo/Chris Szagola
Taking part in the NCAA tournament tends to make a bigger difference for public universities that garner relatively few donations.
A teacher holds a sign at a teacher rally at the West Virginia Capitol.
The recent strike by teachers in West Virginia demonstrates larger issues with pay disparities for rural teachers.
The landing page for 2018 enrollment on the ACA exchanges.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The Affordable Care Act has been under siege since it became law eight years ago. What impact will the latest lawsuit against it have?
The U.S. Secret Service released a study of school shootings in 2002.
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As the nation searches for ways to prevent the next school shooting, one scholar says answers can be found in a forgotten study the Secret Service did after the Columbine massacre.
Most athletes leave the Olympics disappointed and empty-handed.
For athletes returning home – especially those who are on the cusp of retirement – the transition can be daunting.
Coal miner Scott Tiller works next to a drill in an underground coal mine roughly 40 inches high in Welch, West Virginia.
AP Photo/David Goldman
A recent study found the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever recorded among coal miners in central Appalachia. Two doctors who treat black lung patients explain how miners contract it.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out.
Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
Who is a terrorist?
A scholar asks: If two acts of violence kill similar numbers of people, have similar effects on victims and communities, and spread fear and terror, should they not be seen as equally abhorrent?
The AOL Instant Messenger icon became so well known it was made into a plush toy.
As it closes down 20 years after launching, a look back at the key role AOL Instant Messenger played in preparing people for today's digital messaging methods.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Nov. 30, 2017 photo as he talked to small business owners about the tax bill.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
The Senate tax bill cuts taxes for many of the nation's richest and cuts programs for social safety nets. Here's how the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid are all affected.