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Dallas County rental voucher event leads to stampede, injuries

When Dallas County in Texas announced that it would be taking applications for federally-subsidized rental assistance vouchers on Thursday, officials never anticipated that a crowd of 5000 people would show up as early as 10 pm the previous night. The early arrivals were told to come back later, but instead…

Dallas County rental voucher event leads to stampede, injuries

When Dallas County in Texas announced that it would be taking applications for federally-subsidized rental assistance vouchers on Thursday, officials never anticipated that a crowd of 5000 people would show up as early as 10 pm the previous night. The early arrivals were told to come back later, but instead…

Palin raises $1.6 million for non-campaign, has spent most of it

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin, the darling of the conservative Tea Party, has raised $1.6 million in campaign donations even though she has not yet said she will run for president and has already spent a huge chunk of the funds, documents showed. The Federal Election Commission report released Thursday showed…

Cash-flush Indiana to pay state workers one-time bonus

Cash-flush Indiana to pay state workers one-time bonus INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said on Friday that most state employees will receive a surprise bonus over the next few weeks, ranging from $500 to $1,000. The Republican made the announcement one day after the state’s auditor revealed that…

Murdoch fallout spreads: Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton resigns

Les Hinton, the chief operating officer of Dow Jones, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, is resigning, the newspaper’s website said late Friday. Word of Hinton’s resignation comes amid an unprecedented wave of scandals that has rocked News Corporation’s British newspaper holdings, forcing the resignation of News International CEO Rebekah Brooks…

Court upholds use of airport body scanners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the use of full-body scanners to screen air travelers, but said the Transportation Security Administration should have sought public comment before deploying them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the machines, known as…

Homeless veteran numbers drop by 55,000: VA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of homeless veterans on any given night has dropped by over 55,000, the Department of Veterans Affairs said on Friday, due in part to programs like the $46.2 million announced Thursday to provide permanent housing for 6,790 homeless veterans. Despite a still-stagnant economy and increased…

Florida jail ends free underwear for inmates to cut costs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – A central Florida sheriff has announced a cost-saving measure that hits below the belt: no more free underwear for men booked into jail. Starting August 1, the Polk County jail will no longer provide five pairs of briefs to male inmates. Instead, inmates will have…

Chicago mayor to lay off workers to plug budget gap

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With Chicago still facing a lingering deficit in its current budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled on Friday a series of steps that will lead to up to 625 layoffs. The steps include the privatization of custodial services at city libraries and airports, benefits services and the water…

Dem spins ‘GOP Wheel of Misfortune’ on House floor

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) has a solution for determining who won’t get paid if Congress fails to raise the debt limit and the U.S. defaults. The congressman brought a large wheel with him to the House floor Friday. Spinning the wheel determines which group won’t get paid when the Treasury…

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