A recent report about the economic impact of drop-outs in the Grand Canyon State shows the 20 percent drop-out rate – equating to about 18,100 student dropping out each year – results in a lifetime economic loss of $7.6 billion. And in Tucson, the state's second-largest city, a 22 percent drop-out rate – equating to about 1,140 students dropping out each year – means a $435 million lifetime economic loss for the city.

According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers on projected employment for recent college grads, information management and marketing are two majors in demand by employers. And the most sought-after bachelor's degrees are accounting, computer science, finance, business administration and mechanical engineering.

A look at Scalia's legacy reveals why his absence in the coming months could be a pivotal factor on environmental issues ... With few exceptions...Justice Scalia's environmental legacy is decidedly negative ... A split court has important implications in a number of key environmental cases. Top of the list is the president's Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that requires states to develop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Bahrain and Oman are reducing government subsidies on gasoline ... to cut back on spending and offset the effect of oil prices, which have fallen to their lowest level since 2003. On Tuesday, gas prices at the pump rose by up to 60 percent in Bahrain ... The tiny island-nation in the Persian Gulf ended subsidies on meat and poultry in October, increasing consumer prices between three and four-fold. Bahrain plans to make further cuts in electricity and water subsidies in March

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday a fall in oil prices and deepening turmoil in parts of the Middle East will keep growth in the region subdued this year at 2.5 percent ... reforms in Gulf Arab countries that create more jobs and diversify economies outside of the oil sector are "all the more urgent" ... the GCC countries ... will need to create two million jobs in the next five years to accommodate their large young population and keep unemployment levels from rising