The War, the Economy, the Environment

A grim milestone - 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq -- was reached on Sunday when four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. The death toll continued to climb less than one week after the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. In the United States, new government research has found "large and growing" disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans. In a se

A grim milestone - 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq -- was reached on Sunday when four soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad. The death toll continued to climb less than one week after the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. In the United States, new government research has found "large and growing" disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans. In a separate report on soaring health costs, the Labor Department said benefits now devour 30 percent of employers' compensation costs. In Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders said the United States has the technology to reverse global warming but lacks the political resolve to make it happen. "With existing knowledge and technology, we know how to address the challenge," Sanders said in a speech on Saturday at Vermont Law School in Royalton.

To read The Associated Press report from Baghdad, click here.

To read The New York Times report on the life expectancy gap, click here.

To read The Washington Post report on rising health care costs cut into wages, click here.

To read The Burlington Free Press report on Sanders' global warming keynote address, click here. To read the speech, click here.