The economy added 203,000 jobs in November, according to today’s data—and the unemployment rate dipped for the right reasons. There’s just one downside: stubbornly stagnant wages.
We’ve learned at least one thing this fall. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the approach of the health insurance mandate isn’t causing companies to fire workers en masse, hold back from hiring, or rush to place employees on part-time status.Quite the opposite. In the last few months, hiring has been ramping up. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 203,000 payroll jobs in November. The unemployment rate, which is compiled from a separate survey, dipped to 7.
Goodbye Aiden, hello Edna! From spicy female names (literally, as in Poppy and Cinnamon) to monikers borrowed from popes and princes, the next big trends in baby names.
Baby names 2014 will see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, and looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier. Our picks for the Top 12 Baby Name Trends of 2014 are:Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor NamesToday’s two predominant baby name trends—family names and vintage revivals—combine to bring back antique names long judged so far out they’d always be out.
The Florida State’s Attorney said a “sexual event” occurred between FSU’s star quarterback and his accuser, but there is not enough evidence to prove it was not consensual.
Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged with rape, Florida State’s Attorney Willie Meggs announced Thursday, citing “insufficient evidence” that a sexual assault had occurred last year.“I know there was a sexual event that occurred,” Meggs said. “One party said it was consensual, the other party said it wasn’t. [We] did not feel we had sufficient evidence to go forward to trial to prove it was not consensual.
Newly revealed recordings of last year’s shooting have incited debate and dredged up tragic memories. But confronting the tragedy might be the only way to achieve real change.
Should the the 911 calls made by people trapped inside Sandy Hook Elementary school during last year’s horrific shooting have been released to the public? This is the question currently being hotly debated in the media. Those objecting to their disclosure, such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, warned that the release of these audio tapes will cause families to “relive the unspeakable tragedy of that day.” Several television networks declined to play the audio on their newscasts.
Following Alec Baldwin out the door, Martin Bashir is the second host to leave MSNBC in the past month. Bashir resignation comes in the wake of insulting Sarah Palin on his show.
Weeks after his controversial comments about Sarah Palin led to an extended absence from MSNBC, talk show host Martin Bashir has resigned his position at the network.In a statement posted to the website Mediaite, Bashir express great regret at his comments and had high praise for network colleagues who stood by him as calls for him to step down mounted.“It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments,” Bashir said.
Released after a controversial court decision, recordings of six emergency dispatches add new layers of grief—and bravery—to the 2012 shooting.
Just as the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, approaches, state police have released recordings of six desperate calls made to 911 as the shooting unfolded.On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire on two classrooms in the school, killing 20 first-graders and six school employees before turning the gun on himself. Prior to the massacre, he killed his mother, Nancy, in their home.
Detroit is declaring bankruptcy while its city council considers contributing public money to build a new Hockey Stadium for the billionaire owner of the Red Wings.
While Judge Steven Rhodes was trying to figure out if the city of Detroit could declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Detroit City Council was also doing some thinking. Should the council kick in about $45 million of city funding towards the $650 million entertainment complex that would include a residential section and a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League franchise?The city council decided not to rule it out and has a vote scheduled for December 17 on whether to authorize Detroit public funding for the project.
Two competing proposals for reforming the military justice system’s sexual assault policy are stalled in the Senate and may never even reach a vote if Congress doesn’t move soon.
Time is running out for Congress to pass reforms to the military justice system’s sexual assault policy. Though pressure has been building for months as new reports detailing the extent of sexual assault in the military spurred calls for change, the reform measures may need to wait another year unless the Senate reaches a breakthrough soon.Two competing proposals are on the table. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is pushing to remove commander’s authority to decide whether or not to prosecute cases of alleged sexual assault, but keeps the judicial process within the military system.
It may seem obvious to most office workers but, after a security breach last month, the Pentagon had to remind staff: please, check before bringing bombs to work.
After a harmless but embarrassing security breach last month, the Pentagon is advising workers not to bring bombs to work, even non-explosive ones for training purposes, without getting permission first.According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story, the no-bombs reminder memo was prompted by an incident late last month when a civilian working for the Navy was stopped by security while trying to bring a non-working bomb into the Pentagon.
The primate objects! In a string of landmark cases to be filed this week, four chimpanzees will fight for the right to retire to sanctuaries. Could dolphins be next on the docket?
It was somewhere between running a used trailer lot and a reindeer rental business that Pat Lavery first came across Tommy the chimpanzee ten years ago.Believed to be around 16 years old at the time, the primate had endured a life in the entertainment business. He was kept in a plywood cage so cramped that he could not even stand, a shelter made filthy as he was forced to crawl and shuffle in his own waste.Lavery and his wife, who already kept other rescued chimpanzees on their property in Gloversville, New York, some 30 miles northeast of Schenectady, took him in.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
It’s not a done deal, but aides are optimistic about an emerging bipartisan agreement that would avoid another government shutdown and ease the blow of additional sequester cuts.