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Living

We are learning mosquitoes are basically invincible

We share this news during the winter in order to prevent a panic.

Climate & Energy

Could extreme weather save farmers from extreme weather?

A bunch of snow for drought-stricken Kansas could be good news for wheat crops -- but they'll need a lot more of it.

Climate & Energy

America thinks we need to fix the climate — after we deal with the deficit

A new Pew poll shows ongoing support for developing renewables and regulating carbon dioxide -- and an ongoing lack of urgency.

Politics

Head of American Petroleum Institute doesn’t see a need to regulate carbon anymore

And if you can't trust Jack Gerard on this issue, who can you trust?

Business & Technology

Gas prices are spiking, and it’s not clear why

One possible reason is the reduction of refinery capacity on the East Coast, which is pinching supply.

Food

You have no idea what that fish you’re eating is, so don’t pretend

If asked what you're eating, the safest response is, "fish."

Cities

Transit advocates stop cuts using civil rights legislation

Low-income Americans often rely on public transportation and are disproportionately hurt when service is cut back and fares are raised.

Cities

Laws banning harassment of cyclists spread like a wonderful virus

Ordinances that let bicyclists sue road-enraged drivers are catching on in some California cities and Washington, D.C.

Living

Motor vehicle deaths rose 5 percent in 2012

The figures vary state by state. New York is pretty safe. North Dakota is not.