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Bridging The Gap
US jobs growth stronger than expected US jobs growth stronger than expected
US employers added a higher-than-expected 213,000 jobs last month, extending the US economy's long-running growth streak. The manufacturing sector helped power the gains, adding 36,000 jobs, but the retail sector shed 22,000 positions. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4% from 3.8%, as the strong labour market encouraged more people to look for work. However, the annual increase in avera...
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Man suffers 'catastrophic' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland Man suffers 'catastrophic' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland
A 21-year-old Maryland man severely injured both of his hands Tuesday attempting to launch a firework out of a mortar during an outdoor party. Anne Arundel County firefighters found illegal fireworks purchased in Pennsylvania at the home where the man improperly handled the explosive. "The victim held a mortar tube in his hand and dropped a lit mortar into the tube with the other hand. The...
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Lawsuit linking Trump to leak of Democratic emails tossed out on procedural grounds Lawsuit linking Trump to leak of Democratic emails tossed out on procedural grounds
A federal judge in Washington has tossed out a lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian agents and WikiLeaks to publish emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. However, Judge Ellen Huvelle wrote that her ruling was "not based on a finding that there was no collusion between defendants and Russia during the 2016 presidential election." The r...
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Drop that phone: It's now illegal to hold your mobile device while driving in Georgia Drop that phone: It's now illegal to hold your mobile device while driving in Georgia
It's now illegal to hold your phone while driving in the state of Georgia, part of a sweeping hands-free law that went into effect Sunday. Reading from a phone or using it to record video is banned, too, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, including at stoplights. Those caught breaking the rules — even tapping "play" on a Spotify playlist while not parked — face a $50 fine, wh...
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Illegal immigration: Separating the facts from fiction Illegal immigration: Separating the facts from fiction
With the controversy over family separations, much of the political rhetoric in recent weeks has focused on illegal immigration. We thought it would be helpful to take a step back and look at some measures of illegal immigration in a larger context. For example, how many immigrants live in the U.S. illegally, and how many are caught each year trying to cross the Southwest border? How many of th...
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What you need to know before Saturday's massive immigration protests What you need to know before Saturday's massive immigration protests
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally across the country Saturday to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. While the main rally will be held in Washington, D.C., 628 sister rallies are planned for locations in all 50 states. "(The) family separation crisis is not over. We have a situation where the Trump administration seems to be aiming to...
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Supreme Court sides with Florida in decades-long dispute with Georgia over water rights Supreme Court sides with Florida in decades-long dispute with Georgia over water rights
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court Wednesday handed Florida a victory in its decades-long fight with Georgia over water rights, ruling a court-appointed special master was "too strict" in determining that no remedy in the court's power would boost water flow into the Apalachicola River and help the region's beleaguered oyster industry. The 5-4 decision remands the case back to Special Master Ralph ...
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Keystone virus makes first jump from mosquitoes to humans with confirmed case in Florida teen, study says 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. Researchers from the University of Florida identified the Keystone virus in the teenager after he visited an urgent care clinic in North Central Florida in August of 2016. Medical professionals suspected he had Zika virus, conside...
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Firefighters deliver pizza for driver after car crash Firefighters deliver pizza for driver after car crash
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Firefighters in New York made an unexpected delivery Saturday afternoon: a pizza. Engine 642 from the Henrietta Fire District responded to a motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. One of the drivers was a pizza delivery man, Lt. Jared Guhl said. With the pizza still intact, firefighters decided to deliver it themselves. "Once the patient was cared for and loaded...
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Texas border chaos: Courts, families, government collide in zero tolerance debacle Texas border chaos: Courts, families, government collide in zero tolerance debacle
McALLEN, Texas – Confusion reigns on the border as immigration officials, prosecutors and Border Patrol agents scramble to fulfill the president’s demand for a zero tolerance approach to unauthorized migrants while simultaneously keeping families together. President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to order that migrant families be kept together – an abrupt reversal of his earlier stance – sow...
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