About 6,000 years ago, a precious stone ax that had been skillfully carved and shaped by Native Americans was lost on a ridge over looking the Potomac River in Virginia. The ax, about seven inches long, had been hewed and smoothed and was narrowed at one end where a wooden handle attached. Its loss must have been keenly felt.
Since February, when Disney/Marvel's smash "Black Panther" first captured not only audience attention but also the cultural zeitgeist, reporters have been asking the question: Which kids are permitted to don the superhero costume from the fictional African nation of Wakanda? Or as Joshua David Stein wondered in a column at the time for Fatherly: "Should I allow my white son to dress as a black superhero?"
U.S. workers are seeing the largest wage increase in a decade, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, Oct. 31, as companies compete harder for employees than they did in recent years. The typical worker received a 2.9 percent raise from September 2017 to September 2018, according to the Labor Department's Employment Cost Index, a widely watched measure of pay. It's the biggest increase since the year that ended in September 2008, during which wages rose 3.1 percent.
A flip in either or both chambers of Congress with next week's midterm elections may reverberate into pig farms and soybean fields. At issue in the Nov. 6 vote is President Donald Trump's trade war with China as well as domestic entitlement programs. The world's second-largest economy slapped tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, including pork and soybeans. That prompted Trump to provide $12 billion in assistance to farmers. Domestically, farm programs began to expire Sept. 30 and Congress hasn't passed a new bill.
Republicans installed Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, then they turned him into an election-year rallying cry. In the sprint to next week's midterms, the GOP has used Kavanaugh and his fight for Senate confirmation amid allegations of sexual assault to energize Republican voters in districts and states won by President Donald Trump in 2016. They have cast Kavanaugh as a wrongly accused family man - the victim of an overzealous #MeToo movement and Democrats seeking retribution for Hillary Clinton's loss.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — It was Al Franken's seat. Karin Housley keeps bringing that up as she campaigns against Democrat Sen. Tina Smith, who was appointed when he resigned after multiple women accused him of touching them inappropriately. Housley calls it "the #MeToo seat."
The anti-Semitic online screeds tied to the man police say killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are rekindling a debate in Congress over the role that social media companies should play in policing their platforms - and the penalties they should face if they fail.
GALION, Ohio - The appointed time for trick-or-treating in Galion, Ohio, is from 2 to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of October - during daylight hours that make it easier for parents and police to keep costumed kids safe. This year, rain fell during that two-hour window in the northern Ohio city. Afterward, as Braylen Carwell peeled off his costume and prepared to dive into his haul, he thought his sudden shaking was related to the cold, wet weather.
At the peak of his nefarious career, James "Whitey" Bulger, the long-ago murderous Boston mob boss, wasn't one to dwell on his mistakes, even when he killed the wrong guy a few times. For back then, as whispers had it, Whitey was untouchable. However, in 2015, after three schoolgirls wrote to him in prison as part of a history project, seeking his views on "leadership" and "legacy," the octogenarian ex-gangster, a ninth-grade dropout, responded with a rueful letter.
Coca-Cola Co. posted sales and profit that beat estimates as the company got a boost from its lower sugar beverages, like waters and diet sodas. It also benefited from higher prices, which it announced earlier this year to offset rising input costs due to tariffs. The higher prices are in response to a duo of key factors: Freight prices have been rising amid a trucker shortage, while President Donald Trump's aluminum tariffs have made packaging materials more expensive.