A team of economists led by Raj Chetty of Harvard University has released a massive new data set on prosperity at the neighborhood level in the United States. Called the Opportunity Atlas, the data builds on Chetty and company's previous work on inequality and opportunity, tracing, block by block, how the environments children grow up in shape who they become as adults.
WASHINGTON - A bitterly divided Senate cleared the way for Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Supreme Court justice as President Donald Trump's nominee secured the support of a handful of wavering senators in a tumultuous confirmation fight. During a frenzied day Friday on Capitol Hill, two Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona - and one Democrat - Joe Manchin III of West Virginia - said they would vote for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation seemed in peril three weeks ago over allegations of sexual misconduct
The International Energy Agency has a sobering warning about the health of the world's oceans. The total amount of oceanic plastic waste is likely to more than double by 2030, and then keep getting worse, if action isn't taken now, according to projections by the Paris-based organization in a report published Friday, Oct. 5.
WASHINGTON - The unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in September, its lowest level since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday, Oct. 5. Many forecasters believe it will decline even more in the months to come. There were 134,000 new jobs created, with September's storm and catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas likely preventing some businesses from bringing new workers on, and some people from getting to their first day on the job.
There are the toddlers who throw tantrums in the grocery store and flush watches down the toilet. There are others who color with permanent marker all over the wall or decide a sibling, or a pet, needs a haircut. Then, there are the 2-year-olds who know how to work a paper shredder. Leo Belnap is one such 2-year-old. On Sunday, his parents, Ben and Jackee Belnap, from the Salt Lake City area, noticed an important envelope containing $1,060 had gone mysteriously missing, as they told KSL.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo leaves Friday for North Korea with U.S.-disarmament demands increasingly undermined by calls for sanctions relief and President Donald Trump's push for a second summit with Kim Jong Un. Pompeo will spend less than a day on the ground in Pyongyang meeting with Kim and seeking to flesh out U.S. expectations for his regime to denuclearize. But his hosts will be looking for U.S. flexibility on North Korean demands to improve ties and even reach a formal end to the Korean War.
A few days before her high school's homecoming game, a cheerleader in Hartford, Michigan, allegedly executed a sophisticated plot for the title of queen. Police told local TV station WWMT that the 17-year-old wanted to be crowned homecoming queen at Hartford High School so badly that she showed up to school with a clever, but illegal, bit of homemade homecoming swag: a dozen pot brownies. In the weeks prior, the girl had been nominated as a finalist for homecoming queen.
Twenty souls sprawled on the floor of the hotel wellness spa, swaddled in earth-toned blankets. Their eyes were closed. A jellybean-sized crystal rested on each forehead. Shhwwwoo! That was Deborah Hanekamp, audibly sucking up the air as she placed her hands on one of the young women, who trembled at the touch.
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh moved closer to confirmation as the Senate prepared for a key vote Friday, with Republicans arguing that an FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations exonerated the judge.
WASHINGTON - Democrats and representatives for those who claimed to have been victimized by Brett Kavanaugh angrily denounced the FBI's background check of Kavanaugh on Thursday, asserting that the bureau, shackled by the White House, did not pursue obvious leads that could have helped corroborate the allegations the Supreme Court nominee faced.