Congress mulls higher education mandate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- States could be forced to spend a minimum amount of money on higher education or risk losing federal dollars under legislation pending in the U.S. House.

Network heads accused of extending strike

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The chiefs of two top U.S. entertainment studios have been accused by California congressional Democrats of extending the writers' strike, sources say.

Group wants aerial wolf hunting banned

ANCHORAGE, Ala., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A conservation group is posting ads in the Washington, D.C., subway promoting legislation to end aerial hunting of wolves, it was reported Wednesday.

'Justice League' adventure postponed

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- "Justice League," a planned Hollywood movie featuring a pantheon of comic book superheroes, has been indefinitely postponed, Variety.com reported Thursday.

House passes improved mine safety measures

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. House of Representatives committee passed a new set of improved mine safety regulations on Wednesday in the wake of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.

2 Green Lantern projects green-lit

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Two major upcoming Hollywood film projects will feature the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern, E! Online reported.

Report: U.S. youth boot camps deadly

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal audit of so-called boot camps for troubled teenagers released Wednesday found hundreds of incidents of abuse in 33 states.

Congressman urges merit pay for teachers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A key U.S. congressman has proposed the next version of the federal No Child Left Behind education law include a merit system for teachers' pay.

Biel won't be playing Wonder Woman

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Jessica Biel has decided not to play Wonder Woman in an upcoming live-action version of "Justice League of America."

WB planning 'Justice League' flick

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A new Hollywood movie featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and The Green Lantern reportedly is in the works.

No clear lesson for No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The debate has begun about what changes, if any, should be made to the controversial No Child Left Behind federal law, which expires this year.

Fed agency to be looked at in mine probe

HUNTINGTON, Utah, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Federal officials will be investigating their own actions as part of a probe into the Utah mine collapse in which six miners remain missing.

Livermore lab to boost security focus

OAKLAND, Calif., May 31 (UPI) -- Executives from private industry are being named to top posts at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons lab.

Education Secretary testifies on loans

WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said Thursday that the system of federally backed student loans in the United States is "broken."

U.S. 'Reading First' probe set to begin

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress plans investigations into allegations of conflicts of interest in U.S. President George Bush's Reading First program.

No Child Left Behind Act under attack

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- The No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. President Bush's signature achievement in domestic policy, faces an uncertain future.

Republicans back change in 'No Child' act

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- A significant group of Republican legislators back efforts to change U.S. President George W. Bush's signature domestic program, education reform.

'Happy Feet' dances away with Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "Happy Feet," with its cast of thousands of penguins, won the Oscar for feature animated film Sunday during the 79th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

'Happy Feet' penguins offer lessons, songs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- When the new film "Happy Feet" hits U.S. theaters later this month, its animated singing penguins are said to offer lessons about our own humanity.

DHS opposes tracking Calif. protesters

SACRAMENTO, June 30 (UPI) -- The California Office of Homeland Security has been tracking political and anti-war demonstrators, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Fight over unionizing rules heats up

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- An interest group opposed to labor unions ripped the United Auto Workers' head Tuesday for pushing a controversial form of union organizing.

DeLay, defiant, bids Congress farewell

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay bid a defiant farewell Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives, receiving standing ovations from Republicans.

Congressmen want pension manager probe

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Two U.S. lawmakers have asked a congressional arm to investigate whether federal pension oversight agencies are properly monitoring pension fund managers.

United's pension bailout irks Congress

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives wants to punish the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. if it picks up United Airlines retirement obligations.

House adopts block of Bush overtime changes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats Thursday gained approval for a measure blocking implementation of the Bush administration's new overtime regulations.
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