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Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 139, No. 2787, December

Burning Biomass with Coal Reduces Emissions
Across the Southeast, mixing wood and other forest biomass with coal to create energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to just burning coal alone, according to a research paper from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. "If...
Chilean Miners Provide Lesson in Resilience
While many people assume that the men rescued from the mine in Chile might suffer from psychological problems that require therapy, the miners' survival of the ordeal actually may provide a worldwide lesson on the remarkable strength of human resilience,...
Cost Overruns Scrapping Projects
In New Jersey, amidst much controversy. Gov. Chris Christie ended plans to build the Access to the Region's Core tunnel under the Hudson River--a decision that won him many critics, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and much support,...
Cyber Cold War Looming for U.S
Cyber attacks of various sorts have been around for decades. The most recent--and very dangerous--escalation in the past few years has been marked by counties launching attacks against other nations, such as Stuxnet, the nuclear plant-disrupting worm...
Does Brand Loyalty Express Self-Worth?
The brand name logo on a laptop or a shirt pocket may do the same thing for some people that a pendant of a crucifix or Star of David does for others. For those who are not deeply religious. visible markers of commercial brands are a form of self-expression...
Emergence of Electric Cars Seems Inevitable
By 2020, more than half of new vehicle sales are expected to be hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric models. In the global race to develop and produce advanced lithium-ion batteries for these vehicles, the U.S. is well-positioned to be...
Extra Vigilance Needed for Shopping and Traveling
Parents need to be careful not to let their guard down or become distracted while traveling or attending public functions during the 2010 holiday season. Tim Kang, actor from the CBS show "The Mentalist" has partnered with the National Center for Missing...
Falling for the Festive Fur-Ball Factor
The holidays are upon us once again, and we find ourselves pondering one of the burning questions the season: should Santa bring Junior a shiny now bike, or that puppy he has been asking for? Animal care advocate Marie Mead knows that many people use...
Federal Procurement Wastes Billions
The Federal government can save between $25,000,000,000 and $54,000,000,000 a year by changing the way it buys goods and services, according to the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C. Current Federal procurement spending levels total more...
Gifting the Elderly with Technology
Some--but not all--older adults are behind the times when it comes to technology, so technology gifts need some special consideration. "Sometimes, what we see as a means of supporting or encouraging improvement might appear threatening to an older...
Grandma Will Have to Wait
For many, the holiday season is the road trip season. A professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, urges families to slam on the brakes. Instead of traveling for hours or days to spend the season with grandparents, stay home and begin creating unique...
Holiday Tips for Single Dads
While TV commercials and retail ads proclaim the holidays as a lime for peace and joy (and lots of gifts), many feel that it is the season for family obligations and unpleasant visits with contentious relatives. That feeling of discomfort is compounded...
Officiating Patterns Reward Aggressive Play
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The tip-off of the college basketball season last month also brought the return of the "sixth man"--hometown fans who implore the officials to call the games a certain way. At the same time, referees work hard to be seen as...
Presents That Will Move Children
There are a number of gift ideas to get sedentary kids of all ages active, says a childhood fitness specialist from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "The key is to find gifts that also motivate the entire family to move: explains Carole DeHaven,...
Profiling Just like Jesus Did
A pastor is encouraging Christians to practice profiling as a means of expressing their faith. It is not about a person's race or ethnicity, however. Much to the contrary, it is about connecting with others on a spiritual level and approaching, them...
Robots Go Where Angels Fear to Tread
In disaster emergencies, such as the West Virginia mine explosion or the earthquake in Haiti, it often is unsafe for responders to enter the scene, prolonging the rescue of potential survivors, but researchers from the University of Missouri, Columbia,...
SATs Poor Measure of Overall HS Population
The growing trend of using college admission and placement exams in measuring high school student achievement may, in some cases, produce misleading and inappropriate results, cautions Richard Noeth, former Educational Testing Service vice president...
Ski Runs Are Not Created Equal
Building a new aid run by bulldozing a mountainside rather than cutting only its shrubs and trees is far more damaging ecologically, yet might offer only a week's earlier start to the downhill season, indicates a study from the University of California,...
Some Still Believe ACA Will Deliver
The controversial health care overhaul passed by Congress as the Affordable Care Act and then amended by the Reconciliation Act of 2010 includes changes in the Medicare program that are supposed to reduce the Federal deficit by $525,000,000,000 between...
Stored Communications Act Needs Revision
In testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Fred H. Cate, professor of law at Indiana University, Bloomington, called for revisions to the Stored Communications Act, a piece of legislation that regulates how and when authorities can obtain...
Ways to Keep More of Your Nest Egg
As the year winds down, many people will start thinking about their tax bill, and so will Uncle Sam--specifically, about your retirement fund. However, certified financial planner and retirement counselor Rick Rodgers contends that, with some simple...
White Women Bending the Elbow More
More people are drinking now than 20 years ago, according to a University of Texas Southwestem Medical Center, Dallas, analysis of national alcohol consumption patterns. The data suggests that a variety of factors--including social, economic, and ethnic...
Window Shopping First Is the Way to Go
Shopping for a fashionable gift need not be difficult, especially since accessories such as handbags, scarves, and standout jewelry are trendy this season, points out Margaret Fette, a lecturer on retailing and owner of The Tailored Fit. The key, she...
World Series Has Long History of Giant Surprises: Orange October Just the Latest Fall Classic Stunner
In a sports world groaning with cliches, "That's why they play the game" serves as a worthy mantra for baseball's beleaguered underdogs come October. While the recent crowning of the San Francisco Giants as World Series champions certainly was unexpected,...