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Report: Child Poverty in U.S. Is at Highest Point In 20 Years

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killings of Iraqis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — An infamous chapter of the Iraq War closed Wednesday as a jury convicted four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors of killing unarmed civilians in the chaotic streets of Baghdad. The former Blackwater men were charged with killing 14 civilians and wounding others on Sept. 16, 2007, at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in what defense attorneys called a legitimate defensive action and prosecutors labeled …

Investigation Info Leaks In Ferguson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the …

Ousted Nazis Got Millions In Benefits

Monday, October 20, 2014

Osijek, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten …

Kurds Say U.S.-Led Airstrikes Halting Islamic State Advance on Kobani

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mursitpinar, Turkey — Each day, Mohammed Jemmo ventures to a barren, wind-swept hilltop overlooking his embattled hometown where two of his sons and a daughter are fighting with the Kurdish militia resisting an offensive by Islamist extremists. “I …

48 Set to Be Cleared in Dallas After Ebola Monitoring

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dallas — By this morning, 48 of the people in Dallas who are being monitored for Ebola symptoms will be cleared to resume their lives, after a tense three weeks for them and for much of the nation. Fourteen of the 48 were cleared Saturday and 34 more …

Pentagon to Train Ebola Support Team

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States, providing support for civilian doctors who lack proficiency in fighting the deadly virus. Defense Secretary Chuck …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

Social Security Q&A: What Defines ‘Disabled’ for Children Getting SSI?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ∎ Has a physical …

Wheels: Cadillac ATS Coupe Exemplifies ‘New Mobility’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris — If you want to see where the global automobile industry is going, book a flight to this always beautiful city and attend one of the world’s oldest and largest automotive displays, the Paris Motor Show, more …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bottom line: The Paris Motor Show is well worth the visit. Get there if you can. The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is well worth a look, easily one of the best-made, best-equipped entry-level luxury coupes ($37,995 to $60,870 in this case) available. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks …

Guidance for Young People On Saving for Retirement

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How much do you need to save for retirement? It’s the million-dollar question that never has a precise answer, especially for young people who have decades to go before retiring. But plenty of researchers and financial advisers try to provide some guidance, even for those just starting out. …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …