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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gun Violence At U.S. Schools Continues To Grow Sharply

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times A fatal shooting in Oregon on Tuesday was the 31st firearms attack at a U.S. school since the start of the year, marking a sharp acceleration in the rash of violence that has occurred on campuses across the nation. The incidents range from the 20 people shot near UC Santa […]

June 11, 2014

British Economic Recovery Picks Up Speed

London (AFP) – Britain’s economic recovery picked up further speed in the first quarter, official data showed on Tuesday, boosting the coalition government one year before the country’s next general election. The economy has expanded for five successive quarters, but has struggled to return to the levels of output witnessed before the 2008 global financial […]

April 29, 2014
affordable health care and Medicare for all

Medicare Advantage Payments Won’t Be Cut Next Year

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will receive a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier. Congressional Democrats, many facing tough re-election campaigns, recently joined Republicans in asking that the […]

April 8, 2014

Obama, Lampooning GOP, Calls For Hike In Minimum Wage

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were “not necessarily coldhearted” in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum […]

April 3, 2014

U.S. Manufacturing Activity Picks Up In March

Washington (AFP) — U.S. manufacturing activity gained pace in March helped by a pickup in new orders and a rebound in production, the Institute for Supply Management said Monday. The ISM’s purchasing managers index rose to 53.7 from 53.2 the previous month. A reading above 50 denotes expansion. The new orders component rose to 55.1 […]

April 1, 2014

Ford’s U.S. Auto Sales Rebound In March

Washington (AFP) – Ford’s U.S. auto sales accelerated in March, pulling out of a February slump blamed on brutal winter weather, while General Motors delayed its results over a computer problem. Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, said total sales in its home market rose three percent in March from a year ago, to 244,167 vehicles. […]

April 1, 2014

One In 68 Kids Has Autism

Washington (AFP) – One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, U.S. health authorities said Thursday. The latest U.S. data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the “proportion of children with autism and higher IQ (is) on the rise,” said a CDC […]

March 27, 2014