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Food

For the first time, cities see a drop in childhood obesity

From New York and L.A. to small cities in Nebraska and Alaska, childhood obesity rates are inching downward. The reasons aren't yet known.

Politics

Politico’s top secret megascoop on the link between energy and the economy

The D.C. paper of record outdoes itself on putting insider obsequiousness before information.

Food

USDA backpedals on healthy school-lunch rules

After kids and conservatives complained, the agency is lifting limits on the amount of meats and grains that can be served in school meals.

Climate & Energy

America wants to unleash its gas on other countries

There's a glut of natural gas in the U.S., so producers are looking to export overseas.

Climate & Energy

Here’s how you can get conservatives to care about the environment

"Purity, patriotism and reverence for a higher authority" motivate conservatives to care about the environment. Moral arguments, not so much.

Business & Technology

We got a copy of the subpoena Chevron sent a rebellious shareholder

Chevron's lawyers are going after shareholders who want the company to face up to damage from extensive pollution in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

Cities

Rural America: Poorer, less populous, less powerful — but now with fracking!

Some rural areas are getting a big economic boost from oil and gas development, but many other areas are still struggling.

Cities

New York’s bike share gets a new new new new new launch date

NYC's bike-sharing program is now expected to start up in May 2013. If you're adding that to your calendar, do so in pencil.

Climate & Energy

Projections for future carbon emissions in U.S. keep dropping — but the emissions keep rising

It's kind of like learning that you're going to be shot to death with fewer bullets.

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