In a move that could reduce both cost and hassle for patients, the FDA is considering letting people skip many visits to the doctor's office, and instead answer online questionnaires that would guide them to over-the-counter purchases of what are now prescription-only medications.
- While people remain as sharply divided as the administration, half of polled Americans now support letting same-sex couples marry, while 48% oppose the practice.
- According to a bill passed by the U.S. Senate, black-box recording devices are likely to be mandatory in U.S. vehicles by 2015.
- Federal and state raids and licensing crackdowns mean that marijuana is piling up in California as legal distributors close their doors.
- A top British official promises to shield his country's business community from "the red tape factories of Brussels" and to roll back excessive regulation at home.
- As the bills rise for bells and whistles, a revolt against taxes and spending brews in famously liberal Montclair, New Jersey.
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Illinois: "Day of reckoning" on public pension reform is here.
- Under international pressure after the activist's well-staged break for freedom, the Chinese government promises to investigate the abuse of Chen Guangcheng.
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