Evan Comen and Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 6:22 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 The Department of Health and Human Services sets the poverty threshold at $25,100 for a family of four in the contiguous United States. While the hardships associated with such financial strain are significant and pervasive, about 5.5 million Americans living in poverty face the additional strain that comes with living in an extremely poor neighborhood -- one with a poverty rate of 40 percent or greater. Despite near record-low unemployment, a booming stock market, and nearly the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, conditions are not improving for all Americans. The share of Americans living in poverty climbed from 13.8 percent to 15.1 percent between 2010 and 2016. Encouragingly, the share of Americans living both below the poverty line and in a neighborhood with a poverty rate of at least 40 percent -- referred to as concentrated poverty or extreme poverty -- declined … [Read more...] about What city is hit hardest by extreme poverty in your state?
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Nearly 60 white supremacists have been running a drug trafficking ring out of Texas, complete with kidnappings and illegal weapons possession, the US Department of Justice says. The department charged 57 members of local white supremacist prison gangs with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit kidnapping or other crimes, the Northern District of Texas division announced on Monday. "It is clear that these hate-fuelled gangs will do whatever they must do in order to carry on their drug trafficking business," US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said at a press conference. "Firearms, body armour, illegal drugs, drug proceeds and unspeakable physical violence are the tools of their trade." Read more The state of white supremacist groups, 50 years after MLK The sprawling, 55-count indictment covers nearly three years of alleged illegal activity. An investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies uncovered … [Read more...] about Nearly 60 white supremacists charged in connection with alleged Texas drug trafficking ring
Mike Pompeo is expected to face a tough confirmation hearing on Thursday – but more dangerous hurdles await him as secretary of state. With tensions mounting in the Middle East, what kind of diplomat would Pompeo be? The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing to consider Pompeo's nomination as secretary of state on April 12. The former CIA director and Kansas congressman is known for his hard-line approach towards Iran and North Korea – a quality he shares with US President Donald Trump. But Pompeo's openly hawkish position on Syria seems to be at odds with previous statements made by Trump, making Pompeo a controversial, and perhaps extremely consequential, choice for secretary of state. On Syria: "It is difficult to imagine a stable Syria that still has Assad in power." Since the start of the conflict in Syria, Pompeo has been a vocal proponent for direct US military involvement. He has framed US interests in the country not just in terms of … [Read more...] about Pro-regime change Pompeo: Trump’s pick for secretary of state is an outspoken hawk
Becoming the boss of a global company is no mean feat. It’s probably a lot of stress, but the upside is being paid a huge salary that most of us can only dream of. The University of Bristol has now been ranked 16th in the world for producing graduates with the highest salaries, according to a report by internet domain name provider UK Domain. Verve analysed the backgrounds of CEOs from the top 100 companies in the US and the UK and found Bristol University has produced three people who are now heading up multi-million dollar global companies. Turns out they are earning a pretty packet, too. But who are they? Andrew Mackenzie, BHP Billiton Andrew Mackenzie did his PhD at Bristol University, publishing his thesis on 'Applications of biological marker compounds to subsurface geological processes’ (we don’t know what that means either) in 1980. He was awarded a PhD in organic chemistry in 1981. Today, he is the chief executive of the world’s biggest mining company, … [Read more...] about These millionaire CEOs all went to Bristol University
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the state’s top police agency on Tuesday to start an investigation into Karolyi Ranch, a training facility used by USA Gymnastics where young women athletes said they were sexually molested by the team’s doctor. “The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching,” Abbott said in a letter calling for an investigation by the Texas Rangers into the facility in Huntsville, about 70 miles (115 km) north of Houston. The facility has been used for regular training camps but USA Gymnastics said earlier this month it had cancelled training sessions and was exploring alternative sites until a permanent location is found. The complex was opened by celebrated gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi in the mid 1980s and played a vital role in making the U.S. women’s team a dominant force in global competitions. The number listed for … [Read more...] about Texas governor seeks probe of training site in gymnastics scandal