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Unemployment rates are far below US level in 16 states

Greater Springfield unemployment was 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.6 percent in March, as well as from April 2015. Nationwide, unemployment fell three tenths of a percentage point in May. The information sector lost 600 jobs in May. Minnesot...

Chicago Posts Online Database of Videos and Other Material From Police Shootings

The mayor says the city will continue to work toward reform in the months ahead. The new public records are "a real step toward transparency", Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, tells The Christian Science Monitor...

New Mexico fire balloons to 19 square miles

The fire is burning in steep and heavy terrain. The fire was first reported around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. A fast-moving brush fire that broke out in Santa Barbara County has grown to 1,200 acres Thursday, threatening nearby structures, closing a po...

Lin-Manuel Miranda to leave 'Hamilton' on July 9

Now, a press release has let us know that, indeed, Miranda will be leaving the show soon. From poet laureate Richard Wilbur back in the days when I was a student to novelist Amy Bloom and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes today, dynamic writers have ...

NRA blames federal 'political correctness' for Orlando massacre

The president said individuals shouldn't be able to purchase such "assault weapons" in the name of fighting terrorism. In a gun shop in Holliston, assault style rifles, like the ones used in Newtown and Orlando, are on display on a wall, but becaus...

Southington to hold vigil for Orlando attack victims on Wednesday

The lives of the 49 victims were remembered by a single candle for each one of them during the solemn vigil. The tragedy hits particularly close to home for the campus' LGBT community, but people at the vigil say that an incident like this affects ...

Montana cities hold vigils for Orlando shooting victims

The Pride Center of Vermont is organizing a vigil Monday in Burlington. Los Angeles' LGBT community chanted loud and proud before Lady Gaga, an activist in the community, approached the podium at City Hall Monday night in a surprise appearance.

Catholic foundation receives federal grant to help enroll children in health coverage

The grant to the Native American Community Health Center is for reaching out to and enrolling uninsured children. There were 925,671 children covered via TennCare or the Children's Health Insurance Program in 2015, according to the U.S. Two Pennsyl...

After massacre, grief and security fears for LGBT Americans

An official candlelight vigil is scheduled to take place at the Stonewall Inn Monday evening, and will feature clergy and elected officials. VICE News spent the afternoon at Stonewall and spoke to people about how they're making sense of the trag...

These Two Heroes Stopped The Stanford Sexual Assault

He will most likely serve another six-year term. In a letter he penned to Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, Brock Turner wrote that he was shattered by "the party culture and risk-taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my fo...

Sen. Warren lashes out at Republicans, Trump over judges

But for later editions, the tabloid splashed "HER" on the cover over a photo of Clinton as she assumed the historic mantle of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. This isn't the first "open letter" to Trump written by Chabot. "It's ridiculo...

Shooting at Dallas Love Field Aiport baggage claim triggers lockdown

The video of the witness shows a chaotic scene as people scream and scramble for cover near the baggage claim areas. In a social media video played on several broadcasters, five shots could be heard, followed by a volley of several more. Some airpo...

Students to show support for victim at Stanford graduation

Gray Davis in 2003. "That we are looking out for one another", the woman said in her statement to the court. But Oakland civil rights attorney Carla Minnard disagrees. "It would be a death sentence for him". But a decision like the one Turner mad...

Orlando shooting: Mother receives heartbreaking texts from son trapped inside nightclub

The message shook Mina, who tried calling her son several times, but received no answer. " Mommy I love you ", Eddie Justice texted at 2:06 a.m. "In the club they shooting", a text from Eddie Justice to his mother read. The killings on Sunday h...

Bomb blast hits bank in central Beirut, no casualties

It has ignited a dispute between Hezbollah and a central bank widely seen as a pillar of the otherwise weak and dysfunctional Lebanese state. "Politically it is clear that target was Blom Bank only", he said, adding that the attack had nothing to d...

As the shootings unfolded, a horror for one mother via text

Some terrorism experts described this as the largest act of terrorism after 9/11 attacks. Officials said the massacre is the worst mass shooting in U.S. The ATF says Mateen purchased at least two firearms legally within the last week or so. ...

GoFundMe raises over $1M for Orlando shooting victims

Obama called the mass shooting - the deadliest in modern USA history with 50 people dead and 53 wounded - "an act of terror and an act of hate ". - Hopper added that the FBI investigated Mateen yet again in 2014 when he was linked to Moner Moham...

Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly to meet 2020 goal

Pat Michaels, a spokesman for the blood bank organization, said in a phone interview that OneBlood is continuing to adhere to the longstanding federal restriction on sexually active gay men from donating blood. Mississippi Blood Services is issuing a...

Hundreds pack Orlando church for vigil to remember shooting victims

The ceremony took place inside St. Paul's and then moved down Dickson street, according to the Facebook page . Imam Azhar Subedar condemned the attack and said: "It's only in America that we continue to successfully thrive as a unit despite our inte...

Rockford church holds candlelight vigil for Orlando shooting victims

The Golden Valley Pride festival, which runs from noon to 4 p.m.at Brookview Park, began with a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting overnight at a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Fla . Tomorrow we write the next page of history and ...

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Minn. session deadline 'hanging by a thread' as budget talks continue

This has taken two years of fighting about state's rights, privacy, and driver's licenses for undocumented workers to reach this deal, but the House and Senate have now passed the ...

Springfield Honors Fallen at Peace Officers Memorial

Every year since 1982, members of the US law enforcement community, their families and friends have gathered on Peace Officer's Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.to mourn the fallen...

Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

In addition to being healthy, Davis was known among friends and classmates for advocating against using drugs and alcohol, Watts said. " He didn't do any of that ". Another team f...

Trump White House actions shake Republicans; chaos follows Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey's sacking

Trump's daring decision to oust Comey sparked comparisons to Nixon, who fired the special prosecutor running the Watergate investigation that ultimately led to his downfall. Mr. Cl...

Senate OKs bill to fund government through September

Tuesday afternoon from the White House podium, Mr. Mulvaney defended the spending deal a third time, appearing with pictures of planned border-security changes he said would be fun...

Work begins to fill hole at collapsed Hanford tunnel

He said non-essential employees were asked to stay home Wednesday while crews prepare to fill in the collapsed portion of the tunnel. The U.S. Department of Energy's Mark Heeter ...

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

South Korea is not willing to sacrifice itself for United States global domination, and that is true also for Asia, where the Philippines and other countries like Thailand are cal...

Levee breaks in Arkansas as record flooding continues to plague the region

Water had begun to spill over the top of the levee on Tuesday and it breached on Wednesday. Rivers in Louisiana are pouring over their banks after parts of the state were inundat...

'El Chapo' to remain in solitary confinement, US judge rules

Guzman's lawyers also sought more freedom to communicate with people in order to plan his defense, including his wife and potential witnesses. The judge did, however, rule that G...

7 shot during San Diego pool party; suspect dead

The witness said the gunman initially shot back at the officers, and three officers shot him to bring him down. One of the women died at the hospital. Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard ...

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Trump's Deputy Assistant to leave White House

The Times report said that Gorka will "likely" be moved to a role outside the White House but still be part of the administration. A senior official told the outlet that he w...

Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order

Asked about Orrick's ruling Wednesday, Trump averred that he is "never surprised by the 9th Circuit", reinforcing an early morning tweet in which he declared that it "has a bad ...

Multiple agencies respond to Mason County school after report of active shooter

Multiple agencies respond to Mason County school after report of active shooter

Authorities sweep Hawkins Middle School after reports of a possible shooter emerged Wednesday morning. His connection to the Hawkins Middle School incident remains unclear. Mason C...

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Friends and family are gently interacting with and approaching her as she copes with the aftermath of her ordeal, her sister told a CNN affiliate. "The first thing I did was just...

Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

In remarks delivered after signing an executive order to clamp down on steel dumping, Trump promised action on the files within the next two weeks, and took a swipe at Canada's sup...