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Poverty rate stuck at 15 percent

WASHINGTON — The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at 15 percent last year despite America’s slowly reviving... Read more

National employment gap grows

WASHINGTON — The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since... Read more

Mailing a letter to cost a penny more in 2013

WASHINGTON — It’ll cost another penny to mail a letter next year.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it will raise... Read more

Summer jobs not held by 7 in 10 teens

WASHINGTON — Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold... Read more

Administration fights measure

WASHINGTON --- As federal judges order more reporters to disclose their confidential sources, news organizations are pinning their hopes on... Read more