A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
SKOKIE, IL (WMAQ/NBC) - The Halloween spirit is alive and well on pretty much every block, but this year that spirit won't make its way into the hallways of Skokie-area schools because district officials have canceled this year's Halloween festivities.
In a Sept. 20 letter to parents, Superintendent Quintin Shepherd explained the decision wasn't made lightly.
"Many students cannot afford costumes and there is an economic disparity," the letter reads. "We also have students that are unable to participate for religious or cultural reasons."
In past years, Shepherd said, those students had to sit in another room, and every year, he said, the number of kids who can't participate grows.
The rationale came as somewhat of a surprise to Skokie parents.
"When I was a kid, Halloween was totally 'DIY'," said Laura Whitlock. "You could go out and buy a Scooby Doo costume, but it was a lot more fun to make your own and it didn't cost that much."
"I don't know how many people associate it with any type of religion," said parent Dave Charles.
Parents also are frustrated District 69's decision to cancel the in-school costumes, candy and Halloween party was made without residents' input.
Shepherd defended making the decision without input, saying, "the community input process does not always represent the diversity found within the district."
That came as a disappointment to Whitlock, who looks forward to sharing the holiday with her kids.
"To cancel any school activity, especially something that's as popular as the Halloween party, without any parental input, that doesn't foster a spirit of community."
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:13 PM EST2013-12-04 23:13:06 GMT
(MICROSOFT/CNN) – Big software companies are betting the next big trend in personal computers will be wearable in nature; there are already smart glasses and smart watches. Well, how about a smart bra?More >>
There's Google Glass and smart watches, so how about a smart bra? Why not? More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-04 22:34:40 GMT
CLAY COUNTY, MN (KVRR/CNN) - A so-called "vampire trucker" has been arrested, accused of repeatedly raping a female family member after kidnapping her. Timothy Vafeades, 53, is charged with kidnappingMore >>
Timothy Vafeades, 53, is charged with kidnapping a 19-year-old relative and holding her captive for six months.More >>
Monday, December 2 2013 3:34 PM EST2013-12-02 20:34:49 GMT
LEXINGTON, KY (WLEX/Lexington Police Department/CNN) - A couple in Kentucky has been arrested in connection with human trafficking allegations, according to authorities. Authorities said Amrutlal PatelMore >>
Authorities said a couple brought people to the United States illegally and forced them to work in their restaurants.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 5:45 PM EST2013-11-27 22:45:55 GMT
(RNN) - This year marks a rarely seen holiday that won't happen again for more than 76,000 years - Thanksgivukkah. Thanksgivukkah is a mash up of Thanksgiving and Jewish holiday Hanukkah - a once-in-a-lifetimeMore >>
Thanksgivukkah is a mashup of Thanksgiving and Jewish holiday Hanukkah - a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that's only happened twice in the past two centuries.More >>
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