With the unofficial start of wildfire season beginning this weekend, experts say much of the U.S. can expect more large wildfires, generating more smoke that can affect larger areas during longer fire seasons. At least a third of Americans have breathing or heart conditions that put them at risk from the soot from such fires, and even people with no health problems can be affected by the worst plumes.
Arsonists in America burn according to a cruel calendar. They set fire to buildings in alarming numbers on holidays such as Independence Day, Halloween and New Year's Day. But a first-of-its-kind study, conducted by Scripps Howard News Service, indicates that arsonists also favor this week in April.
Payback can be a bitter pill for the nation's deadbeat doctors. The government has seized tax refunds and unemployment checks, claimed judgments against them in federal court, banned them from billing Medicare and Medicaid, even posted their names on a public shaming list. Yet 930 medical professionals nationwide remain in default, owing the government more than $116 million.
She's a pretty soccer mom in Dallas who grew up in privilege attending the best private schools. He's a tatted-up Aryan Nations member in rural West Tennessee who has spent a third of his life in prison. If they have nothing else in common, they share a sordid history of using and selling methamphetamine.