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WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added 163,000 jobs in August, a private survey found, a decent gain that suggests that employers are confident enough to keep hiring.
Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that the job gains were the fewest since October. But last month’s pace of hiring is still enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.
Solid economic growth is underpinning an optimistic outlook among businesses. Growth reached 4.2 percent at an annual rate in the April-June quarter, the fastest pace in four years, spurred by tax cuts and robust consumer spending.
The numbers: The rate of layoffs in the U.S. as measured by initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 203,000 in the week before the Labor Day holiday, touching the lowest mark since the final weeks of 1969.
Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 212,000 reading.
The monthly average of new claims, meanwhile, declined by 2,750 to 209,500, the government said Thursday.
Both the weekly figure and monthly average hit the lowest level since Dec. 6, 1969.
While the lower and upper classes have increased in size over the past decade, the once-shrinking American middle class appears to holding ground.
Just over half (52%) of American adults lived in middle-class households in 2016, up slightly from 51% in 2011, but down from 54% in 2001 and 61% in 1971, according to data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The percentage of people in lower- and upper-income households has, meanwhile, crept higher over the same period.
“While the size of the nation’s middle class remained relatively stable, financial gains for middle-income Americans during this period were modest compared with those of higher-income households,” Pew senior researcher Rakesh Kochhar wrote.
Four people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting Thursday morning in downtown Cincinnati, police said.
Police chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank Building after which he went into the bank lobby and exchanged gunfire with police, according to the Associated Press.
It is not clear how the shooter, who has not yet been identified, was killed.
Witness Leonard Cain said he heard up to 15 shots fired, and saw a woman walking into the bank with headphones on get shot.
Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.
A dismembered body found at a Georgia landfill last month belonged to a missing West Virginia woman with distinctive chest tattoos that her mother recognized when authorities released an image of them, police said.
Authorities announced Wednesday that the remains discovered on Aug. 13 at Bartlow County Landfill were of 20-year-old Courtney Nicole Dubois, FOX5 Atlanta reported. A sanitation worker found the dismembered body while emptying a trash compactor.
A Massachusetts man faces murder charges after he fatally stabbed his cousin’s wife and her three children, then lied to police that the four were killed by MS-13 gang members, officials said.
DNA evidence eventually linked him to the murders, investigators said.
Mathew Locke appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder, the Boston Herald reported. The 32-year-old man is accused of killing Sara Bermudez and her three children — Madison, 8; James, 6; and Michael, 2 — in the family’s West Brookfield home on Feb. 28. Bermudez’s husband, Moses, who is the father of the children, was in California at the time of the slaying.
Sept. 6 (UPI) — Hospitals have come together to form a nonprofit company, Civica Rx, to combat generic drug shortages and rising prices, the new venture said Thursday.
Utah-based hospital system Intermountain Healthcare announced in Januaryit planned to form a nonprofit company to make generic medications to address “unwarranted shortages and high costs of lifesaving generic medications.”
On Thursday, Intermountain and its partners announced the company was officially established. Civica Rx’s venture partners include Mayo Clinic, HCA Healthcare and four other hospital organizations: Catholic Health Initiatives, Providence St. Joseph Health, SSM Health, and Trinity Health. Altogether, the organizations represent about 500 U.S. hospitals.
The “presidency” of the Security Council rotates among member nations on a monthly basis and September is the month that will see U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley take command of the council’s meetings.
Trump had already planned to be in New York in attendance at the General Assembly meeting with other world leaders during that time.
The announcement that Trump will chair a meeting of the Security Council came from Haley herself, and while she noted that Trump would not be seeking any specific resolutions or official statements from the body, he intended to focus the discussion on the topic of Iran and their numerous “violations of international law” in regard to their interventionist policies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and other regional nations.
Schools across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio are all taking action on Thursday due to excessive heat, canceling class as well as after-school activities.
In Ohio, dozens of school districts were forced to cancel classes for a third day in a row on Wednesday after temperatures reached well into the 90’s.
Dawn Calovini told FOX8 she had to take the day off work to care for her 12-year-old son Reese when schools in Parma were forced to shutter.
A wildfire that’s shuttered dozens of miles of a major interstate highway in California exploded overnight, tripling in size as it left behind charred remains of abandoned vehicles behind, officials said Thursday.
The Delta Fire has now exploded to 15,294 acres near the Oregon state line as of 11:30 a.m. ET, prompting mandatory evacuations and showing “extreme fire behavior,” the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
The blaze was human-caused, according to fire officials, who didn’t indicate whether it was arson or accident.
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The family of a woman who died in a Nevada jail cell said guards ignored her pleas to be taken to a doctor as she suffered from drug withdrawal symptoms that ended in a fatal seizure.
A surveillance camera captured the final hours of 27-year-old Kelly Coltrain, as she convulsed repeatedly and vomited in her jail cell.
Attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper, speaking on behalf of the family, told CBS that the guards violated policy and “left her to die.”
A Christian college located in Branson, Missouri announced that it would be severing its affiliation with Nike in lieu of the corporation’s Colin Kaepernick ad.
Jerry Davis, President of the College of the Ozarks, according to a press release issued Wednesday stated that Ozark college student athletes will no longer wear uniforms bearing the Nike the brand in response to the ad campaign that will run during tonight’s NFL game.
A study conducted by the Morning Consult, a firm that uses real-time brand tracking data, shows that Nike’s favorability and purchasing consideration ratings have dropped off the map following an announcement of their campaign with Colin Kaepernick.
Numbers indicate massive drops across the board, including a double-digit loss in favorability. In fact, that rating was nearly cut in half after the new face of the ‘Just Do It’ campaign had been revealed.
Facebook had 1.47 billion daily active users as of June 2018, but at least a few need a time out from the social media behemoth.
About 26 percent of US Facebook users have uninstalled the Facebook app from their phones in the last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
The poll was taken from between May 29 to June 11, at a time when social media giant was still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
As many as 87 million Facebook users may have had their data harvested by a UK political consultancy used by top GOP political campaigns, including President Trump’s.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker injected chaos into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Thursday by releasing confidential Kavanaugh emails with the backing of fellow Democrats in possible violation of Senate rules, calling it an act of “civil disobedience” and drawing condemnation from the Republicans on the committee.
“I am going to release the e-mail about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker said at the beginning of the third day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
After announcing plans to do so, Booker released 12 pages of emails — which had been marked “committee confidential” — online for the public to read. The emails included internal post-9/11 discussions surrounding issues of racial profiling.
New York gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon admitted Wednesday that she doesn’t know how she plans to pay for her campaign promise of universal health care, which could cost the state upwards of $140 billion.
The former “Sex and the City” star and self-described democratic socialist told the New York Daily News that while she doesn’t have a concrete plan in place, raising taxes would be an obvious solution.
“Pass it and then figure out how to fund it,” Ms. Nixon said.
Obama will participate in a moderated question and answer session on Sept. 28 at the University of Southern Denmark before local business leaders, university students and local dignitaries, according to Business Kolding, the event’s organizer.
When pressed by a local news outlet for more information, Business Kolding said the Obama team would cancel the event outright if details surrounding his speaking contract were released to the public.
Despite efforts to keep the media in the dark, JydskeVestkyn estimates Obama will rake in up to two million kroner, or $312,000, for partaking in the event.
The cases date back as far as 2012, when a Brooklyn high school girl identified as “G.E.” was arrested after a scuffle with two girls she thought were spreading rumors about her.
The criminal case was dismissed, but it was the initial mug shots that mattered in the civil rights case that followed.
G.E. was taken to the 62nd Precinct, which covers such neighborhoods as Bensonhurst, Mapleton and Bath Beach, where police told her she’d have to take off her hijab.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for phoning bomb threats to a mosque.
Court records show a Miami judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 26-year-old Dustin Hughes. He previously pleaded guilty to the hate crime of obstructing free exercise of religious beliefs.
Federal prosecutors say four threatening voicemail messages were left in May by Hughes at the Jamaat ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
A North Korean computer programmer tied to the country’s “malign cyber activities” has been charged Thursday by the Justice Department for the 2014 hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials.
The accusations against Park Jin Hyok come as the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned him and the Chosun Expo Joint Venture, described by the Justice Department as a “DPRK Government Front Company.”
“We will not allow North Korea to undermine global cybersecurity to advance its interests and generate illicit revenues in violation of our sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Connecticut is in dire financial straits thanks to bad policy and worse leadership. Voters in Connecticut have a real opportunity to elect a governor who will reverse course and steer our state back from the brink.
Polls currently show our traditionally blue state is a legitimate pickup opportunity for Republicans because of the failed tenure of America’s least popular governor, Democrat Dan Malloy.
He has decimated our state’s economy and inspired an exodus of jobs and people from Connecticut. Startlingly, my opponent, Ned Lamont, has pledged to continue his failed policies.
Federal immigration officials have subpoenaed more than 20 million documents related to voter records in North Carolina as part of an investigation into alleged fraud.
The official request is “the most exhaustive on record” for election officials, North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement (NCSBE) attorney Josh Lawson said to the assistant U.S. attorney named on the subpoena in an email, which was provided to Fox News.
The request comes just weeks after Justice Department officials charged 19 foreign nationals with illegal voting in North Carolina in the 2016 election. The cases are also being investigated by the Immigration and Custom Enforcements (ICE) agency.
BROOKLYN, Iowa – Immigration enforcement agents and state criminal investigators on Thursday visited the Iowa dairy farm that employed and housed the man charged with killing college student Mollie Tibbetts.
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the county sheriff’s office spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Thursday morning. They appeared to be looking around the property and talking to workers.
Yarrabee Farms said in a statement that it was cooperating with investigators who had asked to visit the farm. The company confirmed that federal authorities met with employees and owners for two hours, but it said it could provide no additional details due to an ongoing investigation.
Immigration arrests and deportations are rising under the Trump administration, according to the latest statistics released Thursday — though they’re still far shy of the levels during the peak years of President Obama.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it’s removed more than 191,000 people through the first nine months of the fiscal year, which is 9 percent higher than the same period in 2017.
Those deportations span both people nabbed at the border by Customs and Border Protection, and in the interior of the U.S. by ICE, where arrests are up 17 percent so far this year.
Arizona rancher John Chilton’s 50,000-acre spread along the U.S.-Mexico border is allegedly ground zero for human smugglers, drug cartel members and illegal immigrants, and he has videos showing trespassers sneaking through his property.
A fifth-generation cattleman, the 79-year-old Chilton has long warned the government about the dangers of leaving lengthy stretches of the southwest border secured by nothing more than a barbed wire fence.
To prove his point, he set up surveillance cameras throughout his property to document the comings and goings of trespassers from south of the border.
Investigators executed a search warrant on Sept. 6 at the home of a New Jersey couple who have been accused of stealing money from a homeless Philadelphia man after raising $400,000 via GoFundMe.
Officials could be seen searching and then removing a black BMW in the driveway at the home of Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico in Burlington County, New Jersey.
As the Visual Capitalist blog’s Jeff Desjardin explains, there are over 16 million millionaires around the world, and 4.3 million in the U.S. alone. So, “we need a more exclusive and finely-tuned indicator,” he says.
Hence, for the purposes of his chart, we’ll go with the $50-million benchmark:
The visualization illustrates where the world’s 129,730 “ultra-wealthy” people, which represent a sliver of the 1%, call home. The graphic sorts them by country and region but also breaks down the change in population between 2016 and 2017.
When a protester stood up in the back of the room at a Congressional hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Missouri Congressman Billy Long didn’t miss a beat.
Long immediately drowned out the rest of the protester’s statement by delivering a tremendous auctioneer’s call. It is a field he had previously worked in for three decades.
“One and a quarter, one and a half…Two! Two and a quarter, yup, two and a half, seventy-five — three,” came the rapid-fire response. “We’re selling the cell phone there!”
The unidentified woman was caught on camera falling from the ceiling at the Sabroso! Mexican Grill, in Garden Grove, on Sunday.
The restaurant staff said the woman asked to use the restroom and an employee allowed her, CBSLA reports. The woman was in the bathroom for a long time, causing a line to form before she was eventually heard crawling in the ceiling, the outlet reports.
Patrons are seen moving out of the way moments before the woman breaks through and falls to the floor.
MOSCOW — Russia’s military chief of staff says that the military exercises that begin next week, expected to be the biggest in three decades, will involve nearly 300,000 troops.
The Vostok 2018 exercises in central and eastern Russia will also include participants from the Mongolian and Chinese militaries.
Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Thursday that the war games will include “massive” mock airstrikes and testing of measures against cruise missiles. There will be maneuvers in the Sea of Okhotsk, which borders Russia and Japan, and in the northern Pacific, he said.
Neglect by a hospital led to the death of a toddler who was left waiting days for emergency surgery, an inquest has found.
Kayden Urmston-Bancroft, aged 20 months, was admitted to the Royal Manchester children’s hospital on 12 April 2016 for surgery on a diaphragmatic hernia but went into cardiac arrest on 15 April, dying two days later.
On Thursday, the coroner Angharad Davies found Kayden died of natural causes, contributed to by neglect.
She said the unacceptable delay in the operation was sufficiently serious to amount to a gross failure.
BENI MELLAL, Morocco – Family members of 11 young men suspected in the reported gang-rape, forcible tattooing and torture of a 17-year-old Moroccan girl allegedly held captive for two months noisily defended the men Thursday outside the courtroom where a judge held his first hearing in the case that has gripped Morocco.
The girl, identified only as Khadija and dressed in black, with black gloves covering her hand tattoos, sat quietly before being summoned before the judge at the closed-door hearing.
Khadija’s case has sparked a public outcry in the North African kingdom where violence against women is widespread but largely ignored. More than 116,600 people have signed a petition urging action to end a culture that turns a blind eye to such violence.
Americans are winning and there are far too many hiding in the shadows of the White House who hold contempt for the President and his achievements. It’s time for the President to send a message. Weed out the poltroon.
In response to a New York Times op-ed supposedly written by a senior White House official, Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government is calling on the White House to flush e author of the op-ed by issuing a polygraph to everyone working in the White House.
Tucker Carlson said Wednesday night he believes he has a “pretty good idea” of the person inside the Trump administration who wrote an op-ed blasting the president.
The anonymously-penned piece, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” was published by The New York Times on Wednesday.
As Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist recently pointed out, “The only way the country knows that the Russia conspiracy theory was a Clinton campaign operation that was weaponized and subsidized by the country’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies is thanks to congressional oversight…Nunes has taken most of the heat for doing congressional oversight rather than congressional complacency.”
So it’s no surprise, given Nunes’ role in exposing the mendacity of the Clinton campaign and Clinton’s compadres in the DNC, that the anti-Trump resistance would rush to assault Nunes’s reputation, not just on a federal level, but at a local level, as well.
As the largest newspaper in Nunes’ district, The Fresno Bee’s reporting has seemed to operate as an arm of the resistance. Last September, The Fresno Bee covered a protest outside Nunes’ Visalia office, reportedly led by local clergy from the group Faith in the Valley.
Carmen George of The Fresno Bee reported, “Faith leaders prayed, sang and chanted at Rep. Devin Nunes’ office in Visalia on Tuesday morning to voice concerns about federal policies regarding immigration and health care.”
Faith in the Valley is no ordinary interfaith organization. It’s a progressive, left-wing activist group.
But nowhere in The Fresno Bee’s article is this simple fact acknowledged.
Socialism’s legacy is heaps of bloody corpses scattered across a landscape of hunger and despair, but the youthful neo-commie hipsters infesting our colleges and coastal cities want to give it another try here and now since they’re smart and they won’t screw it up this time. Uh huh.
Because when I look at millennials, I see a generation of achievers – achieving unbroken eye contact with their iPhones, achieving hitherto unimagined heights of undeserved self-regard, and achieving convincing their parents to support them into middle age.
If anyone can make socialism work – by which I mean the pipe dream of it not being a slaughterhouse of soul crushing tyranny – it’s these winners. At least that’s what Chet thinks.