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Economy still affects access to basic needs: Gallup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans’ access to basic needs, ranging from food and shelter to clean water and healthcare, has not significantly improved since the height of the recession, according to a Gallup study released on Friday. The Basic Access Index, a 13-item measure of Americans’ access to basic necessities, was…

World food prices rise as cost of sugar soars

World food prices rose by one percent in June, the UN’s food agency said on Thursday. “A strong rise in international sugar prices” was behind much of the increase, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation said in a statement. The agency said that its index of food prices rose to…

Romney says he’ll “hang” Obama at GOP group dinner

In a speech at the pro-GOP Americans for Prosperity dinner, former Massachusetts governor and contender for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney said he would “hang” Obama, then immediately realized his gaffe and tried to smooth over his mistake. His spokeswoman said the blunder was not meant to be malicious.…

General Motors leads the US in clean energy patents

DETROIT, Michigan — General Motors received more clean energy patents in the past year than any other company, a study released Friday said. GM’s 135 patents represented nearly 14 percent of the 1,881 US patents obtained by 700 organizations in 2010, according to an analysis by the Clean Energy Patent…

‘U.S. Peace Index’ finds most violence in conservative southern states

Southern states are more violent than any region, according to a recently released crime index created with U.S. government statistics. The Institute for Economics and Peace said the index was their first U.S. Peace Index, and pulled from data compiled by compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the FBI,…

World food prices dip for the first time in eight months

ROME (AFP) – World food prices fell for the first time in eight months in March after record highs largely due to oil prices, though the situation remains volatile, the UN’s food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Food Price Index dropped to an average 230 points…

African Americans worse off in 2011: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – African Americans are worse off and have less access to health care than white Americans this year compared to 2010, an annual report released Thursday says. In the 35th annual “State of Black America” report, the National Urban League (NUL) said African Americans have slid down on…

African-Americans worse off in 2011: study

WASHINGTON – African-Americans are worse off and have less access to health care than white Americans this year compared to 2010, an annual report released Thursday said. In the 35th annual “State of Black America” report, the National Urban League (NUL) said blacks have slid down on an “equality index”…

Consumer spending up for eighth consecutive month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose for an eighth straight month in February as households tapped savings to cover higher food and energy prices. Spending rose 0.7 percent in February after a 0.3 percent increase in January, and inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since June 2009, the Commerce Department said on Monday. Adjusted…

US manufacturing activity hits 2004 high

WASHINGTON — US manufacturing grew for the 19th straight month in February as a jump in employment and production drove activity to a nearly six-year high, a key industry survey showed Tuesday. The Institute of Supply Management said its Purchasing Managers Index rose to 61.4 percent from January’s reading of…

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