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Consumer Spending Gets Back On Track — For Those Who Still Have Any Money

Consumer Spending Gets Back On Track — For Those Who Still Have Any Money

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 […]

Food Stamp Use Shows Continued ‘Underemployment’ Pain

Food Stamp Use Shows Continued ‘Underemployment’ Pain

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.

Immigration Crisis At Border Afflicts Heartland Harvest

Immigration Crisis At Border Afflicts Heartland Harvest

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 […]

Brown Was Shot At Least 6 Times, Private Autopsy Shows

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 […]

National Guard To Help Restore Calm In Ferguson

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 […]

Liberia ‘To Shoot’ People Crossing Border Closed To Halt Ebola

Liberia ‘To Shoot’ People Crossing Border Closed To Halt Ebola

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” […]

New Rules Might Recognize More Tribes, Create New Casinos

New Rules Might Recognize More Tribes, Create New Casinos

Under proposed rules, tribes would be required to document political influence or authority only since 1934, rather than as early as 1789. And they’d no longer be required to demonstrate that third parties have identified them as tribes since 1900.

Al-Maliki’s Resignation As Prime Minister Prompts Relief In Iraq

Al-Maliki’s Resignation As Prime Minister Prompts Relief In Iraq

BAGHDAD (MCT) — Iraq swung Friday between conflicting emotions: relief that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation had averted a destabilizing power struggle and a cold reckoning of the challenges facing the country’s new leader. Al-Maliki’s surprise announcement Thursday that he would give up his bid for a third four-year term raised hopes that a new […]

Newtown Teachers Went Back Too Soon, Union Head Says

Newtown Teachers Went Back Too Soon, Union Head Says

HARTFORD, Conn. (MCT) — Teachers in the Newtown school district were put back to work too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings on Dec. 14, 2012, without an adequate assessment of their mental health, the Newtown teachers union president said Friday. Union chief Tom Kuroski, a veteran teacher at Newtown High School, told the Sandy […]

Al Gore Sues Al-Jazeera America For Allegedly Withholding $65 Million

Al Gore Sues Al-Jazeera America For Allegedly Withholding $65 Million

(MCT) — Former Vice President Al Gore has sued Al-Jazeera America, claiming the satellite TV service owned by the Qatari royal family has withheld $65 million of the proceeds from the sale of cable channel Current TV. Gore and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, founded Current Media a decade ago as a youth-oriented news and […]

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