AUSTIN, Texas (MCT) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry struck a tight smile for his mug shot Tuesday and issued a spirited defense against charges of abusing his power, vowing “to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.” “The actions I took were lawful, they were legal and they were proper,” he told supporters […]
CHICAGO (MCT) — Voters in the city that launched President Barack Obama’s political career are split over whether to put tax dollars into luring his presidential library to Chicago. Less than half of those surveyed in a Chicago Tribune poll — 47 percent — said they favored the idea of using tax money to attract […]
(MCT) — Rocket fire hit Israel for a second day on Wednesday amid reports that an Israeli airstrike in Gaza a day earlier had killed the wife and child of fugitive Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif. Israel, meanwhile, called up 2,000 military reservists, according to Israeli media reports. Most part-time soldiers had been sent home […]
Long before the nation rested its collective conscience on the protests along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, there was a different mobilization going on. Hundreds of people were moving out of their urban neighborhoods to the north St. Louis County suburb seeking a safe and affordable place to live.
BOSTON (MCT) — Written off in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. consumer is back. Not quite with a vengeance, but definitely back. It’s noticeable to Marie Galvin, owner of GALVIN-ized in Boston, where handmade women’s hats — a discretionary purchase — sell for anywhere from $35 to $85. “This year, since the […]
A key indicator of economic hardship — enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps — is higher in every state than it was five years ago, even though unemployment has dropped in every state during the same period.
WASHINGTON (MCT) — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. More than 20,000 […]
FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy found, a Brown family attorney said Sunday night. This mostly black St. Louis suburb has been racked by unrest since Brown was shot by a Ferguson police officer Aug. 9. More turmoil erupted hours […]
FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Just moments after Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson announced early Monday that new security steps were planned in Ferguson that would not include National Guard troops, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he was activating those forces. “Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in […]
MONROVIA (MCT) — Liberia’s armed forces were given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighboring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola, local newspaper Daily Observer reported Monday. Soldiers stationed in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, which border Sierra Leone, were to “shoot on sight” […]