Grant Suneson and Michael B. Sauter 24/7 Wall Street Published 11:09 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 The U.S. high school graduation rate rose last year, a sign education systems across the country are finding greater success in preparing children for the future. Finishing school is just one indication of the quality of a child’s upbringing. Early education, health and safety are crucial to providing children with the best chance to become healthy, productive adults. When choosing where to raise their children, parents look at factors like these. However, some parts of the country struggle to provide a good environment for childhood development. Children in areas with high crime rates, low graduation rates, and low preschool enrollment rates are more likely to struggle later in life in their work and health. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed a number of educational, health, and safety measures to determine the worst cities to raise children in the United States. Our index included … [Read more...] about These are the 25 worst cities in the U.S. to raise children
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The sprawling and politically charged probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is about to open a significant new chapter with the trial of Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager. The backdrop: the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence community, issued the same month Trump took office, that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hacking-and-propaganda campaign aimed at not only swaying voters, but also favoring Trump's candidacy. While questions relating to possible Russian involvement in the 2016 vote will not be on the docket, that backdrop looms large over the proceedings that begin on July 31. Here is a quick rundown of how we got here, and what to look out for. First Up, Paul Manafort On July 31, Manafort will become the first person to go to trial on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed in May 2017 to investigate alleged Russian election interference, including possible … [Read more...] about Manafort First Up As Russia Probe Reaches Trial
A small contingent of oligarchs close to Yanukovych funneled more than $5 billion through oil, gas, and other energy companies, according to court documents filed in Ukraine. REUTERS After then-president Viktor Yanukovych fled his palace during Ukraine's bloody 2014 revolution, law enforcement agents across the globe focused on one question: How did the Kremlin-backed politician and his cronies make $40 billion in state assets disappear? The U.S., the UK, Latvia, and others pitched in to help the new Ukrainian government answer that question, and they traced how Yanukovych and his top lieutenants – including President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort – used shell companies in offshore havens to move $700 million between 2008 and 2014. But documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that Ukrainian law enforcement officials rarely followed up on what investigators found and have let Yanukovych's associates – known as "The Family" – escape … [Read more...] about Here’s how Ukraine’s ousted government got away with $40 bln – media
Joel Shannon USA TODAY Published 4:54 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a 28-year-old progressive, female candidate in the New York Democratic congressional primary — won a big upset Tuesday night. But many on social media thought too much media attention went to her opponent: a 56-year-old male deeply established in the Democratic party. "U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley defeated by young challenger in Democratic primary in New York," read an Associated Press Politics tweet that drew criticism for failing to name Ocasio-Cortez. "Geez, dudes--the news is #AlexandriaOcasioCortez, not Joe Crowley. Stop burying the lede when it's a woman," tweeted journalist and author Victoria Brownworth. Ocasio-Cortez is a Bernie Sanders supporter whose website says she supports Medicare for all Americans, a federal jobs guarantee, an assault weapons ban, the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other progressive policies. … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins an upset and her supporters want the media to say her name
Announcing fresh sanctions against Russia this week, the U.S. Treasury Department accused Moscow of "tracking undersea communications cables" and imposed punitive measures on a St. Petersburg firm that it says provided underwater diving equipment to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). The announcement followed warnings by U.S. and other Western officials about Russian activities in recent years near undersea cables that serve as conduits for nearly all global telecommunications data. "We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don't believe we have ever seen," U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO's submarine forces, told The Washington Post in December. Britain's military chief, Sir Stuart Peach, said in December that Russia could pose a major threat to NATO by attacking undersea cables critical for international trade and the Internet. He warned that economies could be hit "immediately and potentially … [Read more...] about Explainer: How Vulnerable Are Undersea Cables That U.S. Says Russia Is Tracking?