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  • Trump administration tightens work requirements for federal food stamp program

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that would slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people. The final rule will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The program feeds more than 36 million Americans. Scaling back public benefits for low-income Americans has long been a Trump administration […]

  • Elon Musk faces lawsuit over ‘pedo guy’ tweet

    Elon Musk denies that he meant to call a British cave diver a pedophile when he dubbed him “pedo guy” on social media. Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year, suing the billionaire for defamation. The Tesla CEO said he was provoked when Unsworth belittled his efforts to build a mini-submarine to transport the boys.

  • Study: Racial divide shrinks in U.S. criminal justice system

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than white people, new federal figures show. Racial gaps broadly declined in local jails, state prisons, and among people on probation and parole, according to the study released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice. The divide in state imprisonment rates dropped for all major crimes but was most pronounced for drug offenses […]

  • China leads in coal and clean energy in climate paradox

    WASHINGTON — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s total. Yet it’s also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, and it manufactures about two-thirds […]

  • Former FedEx hub worker charged with stealing gold bars

    A former FedEx worker has been charged with stealing thin gold bars from a package at the shipping giant’s hub in Memphis, Tennessee. Shelby County prosecutors said Tuesday that 50-year-old Darrel Parker has been indicted on a state charge of theft over $10,000. Investigators say Parker was working in the FedEx sorting facility near Memphis International Airport in 2017 when he took eight thin gold bullion bars from a package. He has been fired from FedEx and is free on bond.

  • 2019 set to break record of gun background checks

    Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year. The firearms industry says people are rushing to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the end of November, more than 25.4 million background checks _ generally seen as a strong indicator of gun sales _ had been conducted by the FBI.

  • Indiana agency wants to extend health insurance program to 2030

    Indiana plans to seek federal approval to continue a health insurance program that covers about 418,000 low-income residents amid a pending lawsuit that could eliminate nearly all the program’s funding. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration posted a notice of its intent to request the Healthy Indiana Plan extend until 2030. It would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. The Times reported Monday that without federal funding, Indiana likely could not afford to continue HIP.

  • Another state reports cases in Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries

    A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 16 cases of hepatitis A, including seven in Nebraska, as part of the outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

  • Purdue to study safety of electric scooters, skateboards

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University plans to study the safety of electric skateboards and scooters in response to a rash of serious injuries on campus. Purdue President Mitch Daniels said Monday the study would look at “the extreme safety issues” posed by electric skateboards, scooters and other personal electric vehicles. He said one student recently suffered a near-fatal accident while using an electric skateboard. Daniels says a task force will propose new policies for electric vehicles and study whether […]

  • Police: Student shot after stabbing resource officer at Wisconsin high school

    OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old student stabbed a school resource officer who then shot the teenager at a Wisconsin high school Tuesday morning, police said, in the second shooting at a school in the state in as many days. The latest shooting happened at Oshkosh West High School just after 9 a.m., Oshkosh police spokeswoman Katherine Mann said at a news briefing. The student and the officer were taken to hospitals, but no one else was injured, Mann said. […]

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