Cost to Raise a Child in US Continues to Rise

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA— The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 [...]

Iraq Operations Cost $7.5 Million Daily

The Pentagon says U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq are costing, on average, $7.5 million per day. Rear Admiral John Kirby said Friday the cost in Iraq has increased as activities have intensified since they started [...]

Priority is Rolling Back Islamic State Gains in Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama says his priority is rolling back the gains the Islamic State has made in Iraq. The president spoke to reporters at the White House Thursday, moments before meeting with his national security team on the crises in [...]

JPMorgan Probes Possible Cyber Attack

JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyber attack and working with law enforcement authorities to determine the scope, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday morning. The bank was taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive [...]

Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida’s citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by an Asian insect. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. Citrus ranchers in Florida [...]

US Economy Expanding Rapidly

The U.S. economy, the world’s largest, is growing even faster than first thought. The Commerce Department reported Thursday the American economy advanced 4.2 percent in the April-to-June quarter, up from its earlier 4 percent estimate. [...]

Immigration Could Set Stage for Big US Budget Showdown

WASHINGTON— Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama’s immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter [...]

Priority is Rolling Back Islamic State Gains in Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama says his priority is rolling back the gains the Islamic State has made in Iraq. The president spoke to reporters at the White House Thursday, moments before meeting with his national security team on the crises in [...]

US Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Returns Home

An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. “In the days following my release on Sunday, I have learned bit-by-bit that [...]

US Eyes Islamic State Threat

As the U.S. begins surveillance flights over Syria to track Sunni extremists who claim responsibility for beheading American journalist James Foley, there are mixed messages coming out of Washington over whether the Islamic State (IS) could [...]




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