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A poor way to measure poverty

By ED FEULNERPoverty is down, the latest Census Bureau report shows.Good news, to be sure, but some context is needed.A closer look at the data reveals that things aren't necessarily the way they appear.The poverty rate of families with children in 2015 was 16.3 percent.That's down from the ...

The straight scoop on stop-and-frisk

The police tactic known as stop-and-frisk became a hot topic at the first presidential debate, so let's take a closer look.Is it unconstitutional?Imagine you live in a neighborhood that is under the constant threat of violence. Gunshots are heard day and night. You see gang activity and drug ...

Trump’s rise reflects American conservatism’s decay

Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side.They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to which all regimes are susceptible.The world's ...

Huge password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

By RAPHAEL SATTERThe Associated PressAs investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.While it's unknown to what ...

Defending the public’s right to know: Lessons from Flint, Mich.

By PATRICE MCDERMOTTand JESSE FRANZBLAUThe ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich., has focused a floodlight on the threat that secrecy poses to public health and safety and the critical need for greater transparency to combat it.Flint is only the latest illustration of officials hiding ...

Mother of the groom causes anxiety

Dear Annie: My fiance, "Kyle," and I are supposed to get married in three weeks, and the venue - his mother's house - is falling through.Kyle and I are on a budget and were engaged for a year trying to save up enough to even begin planning our wedding. Then Kyle's mother graciously offered to ...

U.S. Supreme Court picks

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are "rights."The U.N. goes further. Its bureaucrats declared that every person has a "right" to rest and leisure, food, clothing, housing, ...

This year’s most consequential U.S. Senate race

GLENOLDEN - From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting ...

Heroin epidemic just got a lot more deadly

By DIANE DIMONDIt is an opioid that's 10,000 times more potent than morphine.A minuscule dose, no bigger than a snowflake, can kill a person on contact.Carfentanil is a synthetic anesthetic designed to tranquilize elephants.So why in the world is such a deadly ingredient being mixed with ...

Age matters for Clinton, Trump

By LINDA CHAVEZIn March 2015, I wrote a column suggesting Hillary Clinton was too old to run for president.It generated a lot of blowback, as I suspected it would, even though she hadn't yet formally announced her candidacy. Carter Eskew, who ran Al Gore's media campaign in 2000, berated me in ...

Make Apple pay up

By ROBERT REICHFor years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas.A few weeks ago the European Union did something about it. The European Union's executive commission ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 ...

GOP gains ground on Dems

By HOPE YENAssociated PressRepublicans have gained ground on Democrats in registering voters in three battleground states and kept their razor-thin advantage in Iowa - encouraging news for Donald Trump eight weeks before Election Day.Republicans added hundreds of thousands of voters to the ...

Poverty, inequality and opportunity

I recently wrote about how our standard of living has grown much faster in recent decades than most people realize.Official statistics show that average income has doubled since the 1970s and research by economist William Nordhaus shows that the reality is even more positive.Our living ...

Voting vigilance matters

By DIANE DIMONDIt's time for America to get its cybersecurity act together - on many fronts.But we need to start a serious discussion, right now, about how to keep the upcoming presidential election results safe and secure.This needs to be a completely nonpartisan discussion that looks past a ...

If animals could vote

The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of critical, administrative rulemakings has done more to protect animals than any other president in recent memory.This will be especially devastating if ...

To Your Good Health

By KEITH?ROACH, M.D.Dear Dr. Roach: I regularly see information and research for men with hormone issues (testosterone) and resulting problems with impotence, etc. I have not seen any interest in clinical testing for women who are refused hormone replacement therapy due to past breast cancer ...

Today in 2000

The Associated PressToday is Monday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2016. There are 110 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 12, 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling the Greater Houston Ministerial ...

r Behind the Wheel

By ANN M. JOBFor The Associated PressWith new connectivity and safety features for 2016, the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV is a top-selling family vehicle that is anything but small.Stretching 17 feet in length, the truck-based Tahoe provides 45.3 inches of front-seat legroom - enough to make a football ...

r Making Life Better

Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol.Eating a diet rich in vegetables as part of an overall healthful diet may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery diseases; diabetes; certain cancers (such as mouth, stomach, and cortical cancer); weight gain by ...