Inflation report for May 2024 reveals how the U.S. economy is looking now

Some economists have counseled patience. The Fed has kept its federal funds rate, which influences the other interest rates in the economy, at the same level — about 5.5% — since last summer. Thanks to other external forces, especially the normalizing of supply chains following pandemic disruptions, the prices of many key consumer items have largely … Read more

Residential treatment centers put profits over care, Senate finds

Children in residential treatment facilities run by some of the country’s largest behavioral health companies are at risk for sexual abuse, dangerous physical restraints and overmedication, problems compounded by weak oversight and a system that “optimizes profit over the wellbeing and safety of children,” a Senate committee reported Wednesday. The companies that were investigated rely … Read more

How Venezuelan gang members are slipping into the U.S.

U.S. law enforcement and immigration officials have launched more than 100 investigations of crimes tied to suspected members of a violent Venezuelan gang, including sex trafficking in Louisiana and the point-blank shooting of two New York City police officers, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials.  The cases involving the Tren de Aragua gang … Read more

Hong Kong invokes new law to cancel passports of 6 overseas activists

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government on Wednesday canceled the passports of six overseas-based activists under the new national security law, stepping up its crackdown on dissidents who moved overseas. Those affected were former pro-democracy lawmaker Nathan Law, unionist Mung Siu-tat and activists Simon Cheng, Finn Lau, Johnny Fok and Tony Choi — all accused of … Read more

Parents, grandparents of missing Kentucky 8-month-old arrested as police search woods for baby

Kentucky State Police on Tuesday used cadaver dogs to search a wooded area near the home of missing 8-month-old Miya Tucker but reported no discoveries as nightfall approached. “We have no evidence she’s deceased,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King told NBC affiliate WFIE of nearby Evansville, Indiana. “But we have no evidence she’s alive, … Read more