FROM Helaine Olen
Who's regulating amusement, water park rides? A 10-year-old boy was killed earlier this week on a waterslide in Kansas City. The accident is raising a lot of questions about amusement park safety. As it turns out, there is very little regulation of water slides and roller coasters. Six states have no amusement park regulations at all. So how do you know whether amusement or water park rides are safe enough to ride?
The Myth of Extreme Saving Despite an improving economy, Americans aren’t saving much money. According to one recent survey, as many as 40 percent of adults in the country are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Many personal finance gurus say the key to saving more is adopting more frugal habits. But we talk to one expert who says that advice misses the point.
American Workers and the Retirement Squeeze For the first time since the New Deal, retiring Americans will be worse off than their parents, and it's not just because of the Great Recession. Guaranteed pensions have been replaced by 401(k)'s -- but they make more for the financial industry than they do for retirees. There's a growing consensus that more than half American workers over 30 will be unprepared for retirement. Can popular personal financial advisers help? Are wage earners at fault for spending instead of investing or are they just not making enough money?
Trump's budget could deal a painful blow to California President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and public education would reverberate throughout California.
Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.