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Trump promised them better, cheaper health care. It’s not happening.

A key small business group says Trump’s new insurance rules are unworkable, after pushing the idea for nearly 20 years.<p>President Donald Trump handed an influential business advocacy group what should have been a historic lobbying victory when he recently rolled out new rules encouraging small …

Health Care

Half of Americans are struggling to afford health care this year

Nearly half of Americans find it harder to afford basic necessities than one year ago, and 49% say health care is their top cost concern this year, …

Health Care

America's wage crisis no longer looks temporary

Stuck wages for most U.S. workers look like more than a blip in the booming economy, and some mainstream economists say the government may have to …

Economics

South Korea says scrambles jets to intercept two Russian aircraft

SEOUL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - South Korea said on Friday it had scrambled military jets to intercept two Russian military aircraft that entered the South's air defense territory four times through the day.<p>The Russian aircraft were believed to be military bomber jets and spent more than three hours in …

Military

Trump: Immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said Friday that European leaders "better watch themselves" because immigration is "changing the culture" of their societies.<p>"I think it has been very bad, for Europe. ... I think what has happened is very tough. It's a very tough situation -- you see the same terror …

New Jersey

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.<p>Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare …

Immigration

Let's drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president

Watching this pinball president ricochet around Europe, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s no method to Donald Trump’s madness.<p>Nato is both a rip-off and very strong. Theresa May’s Brexit plan is both pathetic and terrific. Trump’s interview with the Sun was both fake news and generally …

Donald Trump

Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains

Corporate profits have rarely swept up a bigger share of the nation’s wealth, and workers have rarely shared a smaller one.<p>The lopsided split is especially pronounced given how low the official unemployment rate has sunk. Throughout the recession and much of its aftermath, when many Americans were …

Economics

Income inequality is getting worse in the U.S.

The gap in income between the 10% who make the most and those who make the least in the U.S. has continued to widen since 1970, according to a new …

Income Inequality

House Republicans reject funding for gun violence research

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee blocked a proposal on Wednesday that would allocate $10 million to fund the Center for Disease …

Republicans

Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence

We’re doing something new: analyzing every factual claim from President Trump’s campaign rally in Montana on Thursday.<p>According to The Fact Checker’s database, the president had made 3,251 false or misleading claims at the end of May, and his average daily rate was climbing.<p>This side of Trump …

Obama Administration

A man confronted a teenage neighbor over early morning fireworks — then shot him to death, police say

In the earliest hours of the Fourth of July, Austin police received a 911 call about an escalating argument on the southeast side of the Texas city. A man was pointing a gun at the head of another man in the parking lot of an apartment complex, the caller said.<p>Jason Roche, 41, was apparently upset …

Fireworks

City gun violence wounds 7 people Saturday

Seven men were wounded in shootings across Chicago Saturday during 24 hours.<p>Shootings spanned the South and West sides, and wounded a man as old as …

Corruption

Ebola virus outbreak likely over in Congo, WHO says

The outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is probably over, with no new cases reported for three weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday.<p>WHO called the outbreak “largely contained.” But it’s too soon to declare the outbreak fully ended because it’s possible someone has …

Disease

Chicago gun violence protesters close major interstate near downtown

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> Demonstrators marched Saturday on all five northbound lanes of Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway, bringing the interstate to a standstill after police officials who'd planned to keep the stretch partially open relented.<p>Hundreds of marchers, led by the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina …

Justice

2 people killed, 5 wounded Friday in city gun violence

Two men were killed and five others were wounded in Chicago gun violence throughout 24 hours Friday.<p>One man was shot dead on the South Side after …

Google Maps

The hidden 'outbreak' in Puerto Rico

<b>Cayey, Puerto Rico (CNN) —</b> Puerto Rico's own records list so many cases of the bacterial disease leptospirosis that officials should have declared an "epidemic" or an "outbreak" after Hurricane Maria instead of denying that one occurred, according to seven medical experts who reviewed previously …

Public Health

Two workers critically wounded in shooting at Kansas school

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Authorities arrested a suspect Tuesday in a shooting that critically wounded two contract workers outside an elementary school in suburban Kansas City.<p>The man was taken into custody outside a nearby home where authorities found a sport utility vehicle that was carjacked after …

Kansas City

5 People Dead in Shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette Newsroom

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades stormed into the newsroom of a community newspaper chain in Maryland’s capital on Thursday afternoon, killing five staff members, injuring two others and prompting law enforcement agencies across the country to provide protection at the …

Capital Gazette

U.S. Population Is Becoming Older, And Less White, Than Ever Before

The U.S. population is getting older and more racially diverse, according to new estimates from the Census Bureau. The findings come out as a separate analysis finds that for the first time, white deaths exceeded births in a majority of states.<p>White people remain the majority in the U.S. — but in …

Demographics

Keystone virus makes first jump from mosquitoes to humans with confirmed case in Florida teen, study says

A 16-year-old boy, one of the first reported cases of the Keystone virus in humans, is leading researchers to believe the virus could be widespread in North Florida.<p>Researchers from the University of Florida identified the Keystone virus in the teenager after he visited an urgent care clinic in …

Public Health

America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump, UN report says

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Americans born into poverty are more likely than ever before to stay that way, according to a United Nations report on poverty and inequality in the US.<p>"The United States, one of the world's richest nations and the "land of opportunity," is fast becoming a champion of inequality," …

Human Rights

Health officials cautiously optimistic dangerous Ebola outbreak is over

There is cautious optimism that a dangerous Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is over, the head of the World Health …

Disease

Man shot in Gage Park

A man was shot Saturday night in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.<p>About 10:40 p.m., the 28-year-old was walking on a sidewalk in the …

Corruption

‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend

The dash cam was mounted just below the police cruiser’s roof, in perfect position to capture the 26-year patrolman’s transformation from concerned father to authority-abusing police officer.<p>On that day in April, John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year-old her parents …

Crime

Authorities investigating fatal Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police shot and killed a black man they say had been firing a handgun as he walked outside.<p>Roughly 300 people gathered for a Sunday afternoon protest at a police station and a vigil near the north Minneapolis …

Law Enforcement

Father Shot and Killed While Camping With His 2- and 4-Year-Old Girls

A father who was shot and killed in front of his 2- and 4-year-old daughters last week has been identified as a scientist from Irvine, …

University of California

California man, 77, accused of setting blaze, shooting at firefighters

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - A 77-year-old man accused of shooting at firefighters who responded to a blaze on Monday at the Long Beach, California, retirement building where he lived, killing one, may have started the conflagration in order to target them, police said.<p>Suspect Thomas Kim, who was …

Fire Fighting

'Beautiful, bright' Antwon Rose remembered during funeral at his former school

<b>(CNN) —</b> The funeral for Antwon Rose II, the unarmed teen shot by police last week near Pittsburgh, was held Monday, hours after an interview aired in which Antwon's mother accused police of killing her son "in cold blood."<p>East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Antwon, 17, three times …

Justice

An inmate shot and killed two Kansas deputies escorting him to court, authorities say

An inmate shot and killed two sheriff’s deputies in broad daylight Friday while they were transporting him from a Kansas City jail to a courthouse across the street for a hearing, authorities say. One of the mortally wounded deputies managed to shoot the suspect, who remains hospitalized.<p>Deputy …

Crime