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Lower-Paying Jobs Dominate Economic Recovery, Study Finds

(MCT) — The U.S. economy earlier this year recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, but those new jobs pay an average of 23 percent less than the ones lost in the downturn, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Job losses in the higher-paying manufacturing and construction sectors […]

FBI Will Also Investigate Fatal Police Shooting Of St. Louis Teen

FERGUSON, Mo. (MCT) — Hundreds of protesters converged outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri on Monday, chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” with their arms in the air after a night of violence when a vigil for an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police in a St. Louis suburb turned into vandalism […]

U.S. To Give Long-Range Weapons To Kurdish Fighters

WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Barack Obama Administration and U.S. allies are preparing to rush antitank weapons and other arms to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq who are battling Islamic militants near Irbil, officials said. The CIA had already rushed small shipments of arms to the Kurds in recent days as U.S. airstrikes targeted the militants’ […]

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

Since Its Founding, The CIA Rarely Has Met A Secret It Doesn’t Like

The CIA’s current fight to keep secret the details of its terror suspect interrogations echoes its long history of keeping the public in the dark, sometimes for decades. This latest skirmish pits the spy agency against the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s a fight, like so many before, over what stays undercover and why.

Lawmakers Have Competing Ideas About Expanding Yosemite

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park’s boundaries. They share some ideas. They differ, though, on key questions, including whether to offset the park’s growth […]

Cafe Faces Heat For Adding ‘Minimum Wage Fee’ To Tab

(MCT) — A small cafe in Minnesota has thrown itself into a big battle over that State’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs. Craig Beemer, owner of Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, said the fee is […]

U.S. Weighing Response To Potential ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Iraq

WASHINGTON (MCT) — U.S. officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back to the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile region, but he declined to […]

Snowden Granted Residency By Russia, Fueling Tensions With U.S.

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced on Thursday. The decision will add new fuel to Cold War-like tensions between Russia and the United States over what the […]

Bergdahl Is Questioned In Army Probe

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Army investigators questioned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the first time Wednesday in the Pentagon’s probe of his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, subsequent capture and nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Bergdahl’s May 31 release in exchange for five senior Taliban militants set off a political firestorm in Washington, with mainly Republican lawmakers […]

FDA Approves Ebola Virus Test; Vaccine Will Probably Take Until 2015

(MCT) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of an unapproved Ebola virus test under a special emergency-use provision, although efforts to develop a vaccine for the deadly illness are unlikely to bear fruit until 2015, officials say. The test-tube diagnostic test was developed by the U.S. military and is used to detect […]

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