A Pew Research survey shows that Americans tend to feel warmly toward Jews, Catholics and evangelicals but chilly toward Muslims and atheists.
Pew created a thermometer — measuring degrees from zero to 100 — to take Americans’ temperature toward religious groups in a survey conducted mostly in June.
Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.
A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall for processing cows with cancer and later distributing the meat, was charged in federal court on Aug. 18. The case is the latest development in a growing movement by health and animal-welfare advocates challenging the factory-farming industry.
Some events likely to make headlines in August include:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the federal government’s health insurance marketplace.
The study, dealing with trends in insurance before and after the open enrollment period, finds greater gains in the states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin is not one of those states.
William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.
Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colorado, has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade, after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement.
About two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will no longer defend his state's voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality.
Residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, Florida have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area.
The violence against African-Americans that permeated the area was more than 60 years ago, when the place was more rural and the main industry was citrus. These days, the community of less than 5,000 residents northwest of Orlando has been infused by the thousands of wealthier, more cosmopolitan retirees in the area. Those who live in the bedroom community, which is less than 10 percent black, have reacted not only with shock, but disgust that officers could be involved with the Klan, the mayor said.