If you're poor and living in the Indian countryside, there's a life-threatening problem that can slither right into your life — a poisonous snake.
Snakebites in India are thought to have killed nearly 46,000 people alone in 2005. But the toll in India (the unfortunate leader of the snakebitten pack), Bangladesh and other countries that have lots of people and lots of poisonous snakes in close proximity hasn't been fully appreciated.
Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 3:18 pm
Alabama's attorney general is calling for changes in the state's tough immigration law. The letter from Luther Strange comes weeks after a Mercedes-Benz executive was jailed, after he left his passport and license at his hotel. The incident embarrassed lawmakers and put the immigration law back in the national spotlight.
At the end of this month, a payroll tax cut is set to expire that the White House says would result in a tax increase of about $1,000 per year on most middle-class families. The benefit is popular with the American people, which may be one reason President Obama has been relentlessly promoting it.
The president argues that extending the payroll tax "holiday" through 2012 is vital to the economy. Republicans in Congress are divided over that, but they strongly disagree with the president's plan to pay for it with a surtax on millionaires.
12/9 11a: Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Iroquois Confederacy and an award-winning recording artist. She helps to kick off the holiday season with her luminous sound in her new release, “Lifegivers.”
12/8 11a: How deep does the importance of marriage run in your family and within your tribal community? When it comes to the sanctity of marriage, how important is it in this day and age? Is there still value in the “I Do” moment, or is it becoming an archaic concept?
12/7 11a: For many veterans who return home from war, the fight to return to a life they once knew can be just as stressful as the battles they faced while serving their country. Veterans returning from foreign battlefields can find that the homes they left have changed since their deployment, adding new stress to their lives.