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Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

Islamic State Posts Video Of Beheading Of U.S. Journalist, Warns Obama To Halt Strikes

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American photojournalist, and it threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks. The slaying of James Foley, 40, and the […]

Man’s Chokehold Death Could Lead To Charges Against NYPD, Staten Island DA Says

Man’s Chokehold Death Could Lead To Charges Against NYPD, Staten Island DA Says

NEW YORK (MCT) — Staten Island prosecutors said Tuesday they will present evidence to a special grand jury in the case of Eric Garner, the accused cigarette peddler put in a banned chokehold by a New York Police Department officer, to determine if criminal charges are warranted against the officers involved in the fatal struggle. […]

Rick Perry Defiant As He’s Booked, Has Mug Shot Taken At Courthouse

Rick Perry Defiant As He’s Booked, Has Mug Shot Taken At Courthouse

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 Voters Split On Luring Obama Presidential Library

Chicago Voters Split On Luring Obama Presidential Library

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 […]

Israeli Strike Kills Family Of Hamas Military Leader, Reports Say

Israeli Strike Kills Family Of Hamas Military Leader, Reports Say

(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 […]

Why Did Michael Brown Shooting Happen Where It Did?

Why Did Michael Brown Shooting Happen Where It Did?

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.

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.

Cost To Raise A Child Rises To More Than $245,000

Cost To Raise A Child Rises To More Than $245,000

(MCT) — The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense at 30 percent, followed by child care and education (18 percent), food (16 percent), and […]

Middle-Class Shoppers More Sensitive To Back-To-School Supply Costs

Middle-Class Shoppers More Sensitive To Back-To-School Supply Costs

WEST MILWAUKEE, Wis. (MCT) — The giant pencil cutouts screaming “One Big Sale Here” throughout the Target store are a dead giveaway: This is the country’s second-biggest shopping season. And for the great majority of Americans, the annual back-to-school extravaganza is unfolding across an increasingly price-sensitive landscape. Cash-strapped, middle-class parents are being economically challenged by […]

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