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Prix fixe: is airline consolidation to blame for sky-high airfares?

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imageAfter a wave of mergers, few large US airlines remain.Delta planes via www.shutterstock.com

News last month that the Department of Justice is investigating the biggest three US airlines for possible price-fixing again raises the question of whether the recent wave of mergers has left the market with too few competitors.

A case in point is the sharp...

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Recreating language's Big Bang through a game of vocal charades

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imageTo communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?Scott Johnson, CC BY-NC-ND

Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones? One basic...

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Why legal challenges to the EPA Clean Power Plan will end up at the Supreme Court

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imageNot happy in coal country – unless you're a lawyer.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Even before President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan on August 3 to regulate carbon emissions from power plants, there were a number of legal challenges to block the law at its proposal stage – none of them...

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Polling is more complex than Fox News boss Roger Ailes wants you to know

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imagePolling professionals aren't too happy with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.Fred Prouser/Reuters

The first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle will be held on August 6, more than 15 months before the election and almost five months before the Iowa caucus.

Because of the large field of official candidates, Fox News will select just 10...

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Four things that you should know about the EPA Clean Power Plan

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imageNow regulated for carbon emissions.Ismo/flickr, CC BY-NC

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 3 released the final rule of the EPA Clean Power Plan, regulations that limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the US.

In the days and years ahead, the Clean Power Plan will loom large, both as it works its way through legal...

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Obama builds legacy on climate change with EPA Clean Power Plan

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imageObama announces the EPA Clean Power Plan at the White House.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Editor’s note: Years in the making, the EPA Clean Power Plan will go down as President Obama’s signature policy in regulating carbon emissions from the electricity sector. If it survives certain legal challenges and is embraced by future presidents, it...

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Pushing students to take Advanced Placement courses does not help anyone

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imageDoes the Advanced Placement program foster academic excellence?PROThe U.S. National Archives

Millions of American high school students take the Advanced Placement (AP) test each year. In 2014, that number was over 2.3 million.

However, these numbers do not tell the complete story. Approximately one-third of the enrolled students end up not taking...

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Can corporate America solve growing problem of youth unemployment?

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imageGood news for the young unemployed. Hiring letters via www.shutterstock.com

As of 2014, there were approximately 39 million people aged 16-24 in the US, and 5.4 million of them were neither employed nor in school. That’s almost 14% of the age cohort, or more than two-and-a-half times the national rate of unemployment.

These 5.4 million...

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