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 >>
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(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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
DALLAS (RNN) – A Dallas woman has been formally charged in a child's drowning death after police say she was distracted by social media.
Kanyce Giddings, 3, drowned on June 22.
According to news reports, 37-year-old Kariasa Thomas was babysitting four children and a dog at a Dallas apartment complex pool, including Giddings. All of the children were under the ages of seven years old, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The group went to the closed pool around 7 p.m., but did not leave because others were there.
Thomas' best friend is the mother of the children she was babysitting.
Thomas was arrested on Aug. 3, charged with reckless injury to a child, a second-degree felony in Texas. Her bond has been set at $25,000 and she remains in Dallas County, TX Jail.
The Dallas Morning News reported Thomas told detectives that instead of monitoring the children, she sat at the pool and logged on to Facebook on her phone. She said she scrolled the social media website for about 15 minutes. Thomas also told investigators that she played with her dog during the incident.
Investigators said that Thomas knew that Giddings could not swim, but allowed her to play in the pool, instructing her to stand on the steps leading into the pool as the others swam.
The Dallas Morning News also reported that Thomas' husband and 16-year-old daughter accompanied her to the pool as she babysat.
After being at the pool for some time, an off-duty officer who lives at the apartment complex told the visitors that the pool was closed. As Thomas began to round up the children, she noticed Giddings was missing. Thomas found the child after she walked into the pool and kicked her lifeless body.
Investigators said the off-duty officer attempted CPR on the child, who was pronounced dead at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.