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File - Homeless families and individuals line up for medical care and other services in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015.


"The statistics that are available show that the great majority of people who, for example, are on Medicaid are either working in full-time work — around half of them — or they are in school or they are giving full-time care to others," Alston said.

A report by the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights finds 40 million people in the United States live in poverty, 18.5 million live in extreme poverty and more than 5 million live in conditions of absolute poverty.

A view of inside US CBP detention facility shows children at Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing. Reuters photo


“All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing,” the Texas lawmaker said.

The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

Report rebukes Comey, but says no bias in Clinton email case


A long-serving law enforcement official, Comey became a controversial figure in the 2016 election, drawing accusations from both Republicans and Democrats that his handling of the probe into Clinton’s emails influenced the campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey made a “serious error of judgment” when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said on Thursday.

Refuse is unloaded at Recology in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 2, 2009. Since Jan. 1, when China banned imports of some recyclables, much of what the U.S. recycles has no place to go.


Just less than $6 billion worth of U.S. waste was sent to China last year to be converted into packaging and products, and then shipped back to the United States and other markets. Scrap recyclers had taken advantage of low shipping costs for empty containers returning to China after the ships had unloaded their goods on the U.S. West Coast.

© Drew Angerer, Getty Images, AFP | Notes, photographs and flowers are left in memory of Anthony Bourdain at the closed location of Brasserie Les Halles, where Bourdain used to work as the executive chef, on June 8, 2018 in New York City.


A gifted storyteller, Bourdain promoted haute cuisine and street food alike in his travels, encouraging viewers to "eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice".

The prosecutor of Colmar in France's Alsace region says that US writer and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain hanged himself in the bathroom of his French hotel room.

California man arrested after ramming car several times in road-rage attack


The suspect was standing on the vehicle's roof when police and fire officials arrived on the scene. He appeared reluctant to come down, according to the video, but was eventually removed and taken into custody without incident.

A California driver was arrested Monday after video showed him ramming his car into another vehicle repeatedly in an apparent road-rage attack, police said.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018. File image


Trump has long said he wants to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, but on Sunday Giuliani told ABC News, "It's beginning to get resolved" to not permitting the U.S. leader to sit for questioning.

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says it is an "open question" whether Trump will answer questions from investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but that his legal team is leaning to not allowing him to be interviewed.

Lunch with Warren Buffett auctioned off for $3.3 million


This year’s price falls short of the record of $3,456,789 auction winners paid in 2012 and 2016, which remains the most expensive charity item ever sold on eBay.

The annual charity auction to have lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett has ended, and the winning bid was $3,300,100.

Ambien maker responds to Roseanne Barr: 'Racism is not a known side effect'


“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Roseanne Barr said she was “Ambien tweeting” when she wrote racist remarks on Twitter that compared a black former Obama administration official to an ape, a comment that led ABC to cancel her television show.

8 year old boy goes viral after helping elderly lady up the stairs.


When she gets to the top, she gives him a big hug and continues on her way. The boy leaps from the stairs and gets back in a car where his mom was waiting.

A video of a Milledgeville, Ga, boy helping an older woman climb a set of stairs is warming the hearts of thousands of people across the nation.

Chinese state media slam U.S. trade announcement, say Beijing ready to fight


State news agency Xinhua said China hoped that the United States would not act impulsively but stood ready to fight to protect its own interests.

Chinese state media criticized a U.S. announcement that it would press ahead with restrictions on investment by Chinese companies, saying on Wednesday that Beijing was ready to fight back if Washington was looking to reignite a trade war.

The United States said on Tuesday it still held the threat of imposing tariffs on $50 billion of imports from China and would use it unless Beijing addressed the issue of theft of American intellectual property.

China commerce’s ministry reacted harshly, saying it was surprised and saw it as contrary to the consensus both sides reached recently.

State news agency Xinhua said China hoped that the United States would not act impulsively but stood ready to fight to protect its own interests.

“China’s attitude, as always, is: we do not want to fight, but we are also not afraid to fight,” it said in the commentary by Xinhua reporter Yu Jiaxin.

“China will continue to hold pragmatic consultations with the United States’ delegation and hope that the United States will act in accordance with the spirit of the joint statement,” it said.

Chinese tabloid the Global Times said the United States was suffering from a “delusion” and warned that the “trade renege could leave Washington dancing with itself”.

The widely read Global Times is run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, although its stance does not necessarily reflect Chinese government policy.

“The Chinese government will have the necessary measures in place to deal with a US withdrawal from any settled agreement. If the US wants to play games, then China would be more than willing to play along and do so until the very end,” it said.

The China Daily newspaper said the repeated U.S. claim that China had forced foreign firms to transfer their technologies to Chinese businesses was without evidence and was being used as an excuse to facilitate its trade protectionism.

It said technology transfers between U.S. companies and their Chinese partners were the result of normal business practices, not coercive policies.


Source: Reuters


'Roseanne' canceled after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett (R). ABC news photo.


Barr's post early Tuesday morning, which has since been deleted, said that Jarrett, who is African-American, was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes" -- "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." She has since apologized.

The hit revival of the ABC sitcom "Roseanne" was canceled Tuesday, hours after the show's star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Scene near Noblesville High School on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Noblesville West


Hours after the shooting, law enforcement agents sealed off part of an upscale neighborhood in Noblesville but weren't commenting on whether the suspect lived there.

An Indiana middle school student armed with two handguns opened fire inside his science classroom Friday, authorities said, wounding a classmate and a teacher whose swift intervention was credited with saving lives.

President Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson


“He was treated very rough, very tough,” Trump said of Johnson on Thursday as he signed the pardon.

President Donald Trump signed a full posthumous pardon for former heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson in a surprise Oval Office ceremony alongside actor Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, and others.

Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, of Baltimore, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Baltimore County Police on May 22, 2018.


A 16-year-old boy -- whom a judge called a "one-man crime wave” -- is in custody after being accused of first-degree murder for allegedly hitting a Baltimore County police officer with a car, according to charging documents.

Michael Rotondo, left, sits during an eviction proceeding in Syracuse, N.Y.


Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. But he argued that as a family member, he's entitled to six months more time.

In a real-life case of "Failure to Launch," an upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to have him ejected.

US Births Hit a 30-Year Low, Despite Good Economy


The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99 percent of the birth certificates filed nationwide, counted 3.853 million births last year. That’s the lowest tally since 1987.

U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns.

The provisional report, based on a review of more than 99 percent of the birth certificates filed nationwide, counted 3.853 million births last year. That’s the lowest tally since 1987.

Births have been declining since 2014, but 2017 saw the greatest year-to-year drop, about 92,000 less than the previous year.

That was surprising, because baby booms often parallel economic booms, and last year was a period of low unemployment and a growing economy.

What's causing this?

But other factors are likely at play, experts said.

One may be shifting attitudes about motherhood among millennials, who are in their prime child-bearing years right now. They may be more inclined to put off child-bearing or have fewer children, researchers said.

Another may be changes in the immigrant population, who generate nearly a quarter of the babies born in the U.S. each year. For example, Asians are making up a larger proportion of immigrants, and they have typically had fewer children than other immigrant groups.

Also, use of IUDs and other long-acting forms of contraception has been increasing.

Other findings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report also found:

  • The rate of births to women ages 15 to 44, known as the general fertility rate, sank to a record low of about 60 per 1,000.

  • Women in their early 40s were the only group with higher birth rates in 2017, up 2 percent from the year. The rate has been rising since the early 1980s.

  • The cesarean section rate rose by a tiny amount after having decreased four years. Studies have shown C-sections are more common in first-time births involving older moms.

  • Rates of preterm and low birth weight babies rose for the third straight year, possibly for the same reason.

  • Birth rates for teens continued to nosedive, as they have since the early 1990s. In 2017, they dropped 7 percent from the year before.

  • Rates for women in their 20s continued to fall and hit record lows. They fell 4 percent.

  • Perhaps most surprising, birth rates for women in their 30s fell slightly, dipping 2 percent for women ages 30 to 34 and 1 percent for women 35 to 39.

  • Birth rates for women in their 30s had been rising steadily to the highest levels in at least half a century, and women in their early 30s recently became the age group that has the most babies.
  • That decline caused some experts’ eyebrows to shoot up, but they also noted the dip was very small.

  • “It’s difficult to say yet whether it marks a fundamental change or it’s just a blip,” said Hans-Peter Kohler, a University of Pennsylvania demographer who studies birth trends.

Generation can't replace itself

Another notable finding: The current generation is getting further away from having enough children to replace itself.

The U.S. once was among a handful of developed countries with a fertility rate that ensured each generation had enough children to replace it.

The rate in the U.S. now stands less than the standard benchmark for replacement. It’s still above countries such as Spain, Greece, Japan and Italy, but the gap appears to be closing.

A decade ago, the estimated rate was 2.1 kids per U.S. woman. In 2017, it fell below 1.8, hitting its lowest level since 1978.

“That’s a pretty remarkable decline,” said Dr. John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health and pediatrics.


Source: VOA

Dimitrios Pagourtzis identified as Santa Fe High shooter, who killed 10 and injured 10 others


"He was kind of a quiet kid," Gomez said. "Every time you'd try to start a conversation with him he'd just kind of like laugh, wouldn't really continue on with the conversation. ... He didn't like interacting with other students."

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, identified as the Texas high school shooter, is being held on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant, authorities said Friday night.

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