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American household income finally topped 1999 peak last year

Posted 9/13/2017 in National

In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household only last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.



Sanders, GOP push banner health care bills

Posted 9/13/2017 in National

Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to unveil his bill for starkly reshaping the country's current hodge-podge health care system into one where the government provides medical insurance for everybody.



What's happening: Deaths, floods, misery from Irma hit South

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

Remnants of Irma have spread gusting winds, rains and misery around the South even as Florida begins cleaning up from one of the most destructive hurricanes in its history, a storm so big it smashed across virtually the entire peninsula.



Harvey and Irma to slow economy but rebound should follow

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the U.S. economy.



Pope blasts climate change doubters: cites moral duty to act

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.



UN approves watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea but not the toughest-ever measures sought by the Trump administration to ban all oil imports and freeze international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.



Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.



White House appeals to Supreme Court on refugee ban

Posted 9/12/2017 in National

The Trump administration is back at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world.



US commemorates 9/11; thousands expected at ground zero

Posted 9/11/2017 in National

While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days.



Massive but weakened Irma lashes Florida with wind, rain

Posted 9/11/2017 in National

A massive but weakened Hurricane Irma zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early today after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.



TV correspondents face danger they told others to avoid

Posted 9/11/2017 in National

It's a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm's way, then station their correspondents squarely in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don't get hurt.



Gasoline prices head higher while motorists panic

Posted 9/2/2017 in National

The spike in gasoline prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has hit the accelerator.



Trump seeks an initial $7.9 billion in Harvey aid

Posted 9/2/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts.



Lyft extends service throughout 32 states

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Lyft is driving into the countryside in an effort to raise ridership and steal market share from rival Uber.



Likely tornado damages homes in Alabama as Harvey hits Deep South

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Harvey spread its misery into the Deep South as a likely tornado damaged homes and toppled trees in a rural area of northwest Alabama and areas around the region faced flooding fears.



As floodwaters recede, Houston officials look to recovery

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars -- but also to the city's long-term recovery, which will take years and billions of dollars.



Escalating tit for tat, US orders Russian consulate closed

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Escalating a diplomatic tit-for-tat, the United States abruptly ordered Russia on Thursday to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close offices in Washington and New York, intensifying tensions between the former Cold War foes.



Review: Deadly Tennessee fire could become 'new normal'

Posted 9/1/2017 in National

Drought-stricken Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not prepared for last year's catastrophic fire, and climate change is among the factors that will likely make conditions that led to the disaster the "new normal" for the park, according to a federal review released Thursday.



Harvey death toll surpasses 30; more fatalities expected

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

Now that the sun is finally shining and the murky, brown floodwaters are slowly receding in much of the Houston area, grim reality is setting in.



Trump to Harvey victims: 'All of America' grieving with you

Posted 8/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying "all of America is grieving with you."



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