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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Brett Molina USA TODAY Published 9:23 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 A rise in non-medical exemptions by families to opt out of vaccinations for their kids have created hotspots in the U.S. where the risk of contracting diseases like measles are growing, a study finds. The study, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS Medicine, found 12 of 18 states allowing exemptions to vaccines for religious or philosophical reasons have shown an increase in the number of kindergarten-age children enrolled in school with NMEs since 2009. Researchers studied data on exemptions using data from the 18 states and CDC, focusing on school years from 2009-10 to 2016-17. As a result, hotspots have developed where the risk of kids getting diseases like measles has jumped because of the growing number of non-medical exemptions. "As larger unvaccinated populations grow, particularly in highly mobile cities, the potential for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks grows," said Peter Hotez, … [Read more...] about These 15 U.S. cities are hotspots for kids not getting vaccines
U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to levy tariffs on imported vehicles aims at the heart of Germany’s export economy, further straining relations between the two long-standing allies.While Trump didn’t specifically point to Germany when calling for an investigation into protections for the U.S. auto industry on national security grounds, he didn’t have to. With past statements, he’s made clear that he resents the country’s trade surplus, which amounted to 14.2 billion euros ($16.7 billion) last year for Germany’s auto industry alone. That means any levies on imported autos stands to hit Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG especially hard. Shares of all three companies dropped.“We have to consider this as something of a provocation,” said Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which estimates that auto tariffs would burden the country’s economy to the … [Read more...] about Trump’s Auto Tariffs Threat Targets Heart of German Economy
Deadly spring storms that spawned tornadoes in the U.S. South and blizzards in the Plains and Midwest will continue to blast across the region Sunday bringing more snow, rain and wind that have shut down airports and left thousands without power. The storms stretch from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest and were moving into the Northeast and New England Sunday, said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. About a foot of snow could fall Sunday on parts of northern Wisconsin, upstate Michigan and North Dakota, he said. The threat of violent thunderstorms stretch from a corridor from the Florida peninsula to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, said Chenard. “No tornado warnings are issued yet for the area, but the conditions could be ripe for some in the afternoon,” he said. On Friday, the system produced 17 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, the weather service said. Four … [Read more...] about More snow, rain and winds to blast parts of U.S.
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications