The Washington Post
America's middle class had its highest-earning year ever in 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday, Sept. 12. Median household income in America was $59,039 last year, surpassing the previous high of $58,655 set in 1999, the Census Bureau said. The figure is adjusted for inflation and is one of the most closely watched indicators of how the middle class is faring financially, as the Census surveys nearly 100,000 homes. The Census said the uptick in earnings occurred because so many people found full-time jobs - or better-paying jobs - last year.
A new school year is starting. No, not yours. We're talking about the newest class in the Hero Dogs training program. These special pups were handpicked before they were born to become service animals for wounded military veterans. At 8 to 12 weeks old, the puppies leave their mothers and join Hero Dogs in Montgomery County, Maryland. There, they are house-trained, learn to walk on a leash and are taught basic commands. Over the next year or so, the puppies go everywhere with their trainers to become comfortable around people and other animals.
SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday, Sept. 12, condemned the U.N. Security Council's decision to impose tougher sanctions and doubled down on its warning that the United States would "suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced for leading the effort to ratchet up economic pressures on the reclusive nation.
Weighing in on two areas of disagreement with a U.S. president with whom he has already clashed, Pope Francis said Monday that climate science is clearly true, and that President Donald Trump should allow young immigrants to stay in the United States if he is truly "pro-life."
The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $15.25 billion disaster aid package that also extended government funding and the federal borrowing limit until Dec. 8, moments after Republicans booed two top White House officials over the deal struck this week by President Donald Trump. The measure passed 316-90; every member opposed was a Republican.
WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn't apologizing to Democrats and liberal activists for cutting a deal with President Donald Trump on spending and the debt limit; she's looking to prove she can win.
After announcing millions of people were impacted by an unprecedented hack on its systems, Equifax faced a customer service nightmare as panicked masses turned to a website and customer service line set up to answer whether their most sensitive information had leaked.
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group who said he would ride out Hurricane Irma from his 74-acre private island in the Caribbean, has emerged from his fortified wine cellar unscathed. "All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well," Branson said in a blog post Thursday, which he explained was transcribed with a satellite phone after the storm brought down all lines of communication.
For someone who consistently dodges rumors about a potential second act in politics (cough White House cough) George Clooney sure does have a lot of political pals. During a recent in-depth interview with the Hollywood Reporter (the twins even make a cameo!), the actor flashed a text message he received from former president Barack Obama, who shared dinner with and played basketball against Clooney in June. The pair's relationship, according to the magazine, "at times teeters into the risque." Do tell.
MIAMI - Hurricane Irma's deadly fury threatened to swamp low-laying islands of the Bahamas with a possible 20-foot storm Friday as the monster storm moved toward Florida's doorstep packing the potential to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation.