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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 […]

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 […]

More Than A Third Of Americans Have Saved Nothing For Retirement

More Than A Third Of Americans Have Saved Nothing For Retirement

(MCT) — More than a third of Americans have no retirement savings, and millennials feel more financially secure than other age groups despite being the least likely to have socked away any cash for their golden years, a new survey shows. Bankrate.com, a publisher of personal finance content, found that on average 36 percent of […]

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