The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The White House late Friday asked Congress to appropriate $7.85 billion as soon as possible to finance its continued response to Hurricane Harvey, saying the storm and resulting floods have led more than 436,000 people to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
His belly swollen, his energy flagging, 45-year-old Jorge Perez Remache waits in his Queens, New York, apartment for word that his turn has come to receive a lifesaving liver transplant. Though he has suffered from cirrhosis for 10 years, the chance of that happening is virtually zero.
The White House has signaled to congressional Republicans that it will not shut down the government in October if money isn't appropriated to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, potentially clearing a path for lawmakers to reach a short-term budget deal. Congress has only appropriated money to fund government operations through the end of September, and President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers don't include $1.6 billion in new funding so that 74 new miles of wall and secondary fencing can be added to the border.
This past spring, Marleen Brooks, a 37-year-old property manager in the small town of Park Hills, Missouri, came home to find a handwritten letter from a 90-year-old woman she had never met. It was just a few lines: "Would you consider to become my friend. I'm 90 years old - live alone and all my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please - I pray for some one."
PORT ARTHUR, Texas - Marty Murray and his friends powered the airboat along the water, passing cars submerged to near invisibility in the darkness, until the airboat suddenly ran aground onto asphalt and into the flashlight beams of three men carrying AR-14 assault rifles.
PORT ARTHUR, Texas - The water was leaving, at last. But, across southeast Texas on Thursday, new dangers kept appearing in Hurricane Harvey's wake. In Crosby, northeast of Houston, loud "pops" were heard coming from a crippled chemical plant, where safety systems were flooded and authorities said an explosion could be imminent.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in August as unemployment was essentially unchanged at 4.4 percent, federal economists reported Friday. Average hourly wages rose 3 cents in August to $26.39, up 2.5 percent from a year ago. The growth missed expectations, as analysts had expected the economists would report approximately 200,000 new jobs in August. The August report does not include any effects from Hurricane Harvey, as the collection of the data used for the report was completed before the storm struck.
The most recent earnings reports across the generic drug industry read like dispatches from the front lines of a price war, with their U.S. businesses among the biggest casualties. This month, the world's largest copycat drugmaker, Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, slashed its dividend; U.S. giant Mylan lowered its profit target; and India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries reported its first quarterly loss in at least 12 years.
U.S. farmer net income is forecast to rise this year for the first time since 2013, suggesting a bottom to an agriculture slump that left profit at half of the peak. Producers of crops, livestock and dairy products may net $63.4 billion in 2017, up 3.1 percent from a revised $61.51 billion in 2016, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday in a report on its website. Much of the increase came from sales of inventory in grain bins and higher revenue from livestock and milk.
The New York Times pronounced itself "delighted" that federal judge Jed S. Rakoff threw out Sarah Palin's lawsuit against the newspaper for a June 14 editorial that came in the immediate aftermath of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. "Judge Rakoff's opinion is an important reminder of the country's deep commitment to a free press and the important role that journalism plays in our democracy. We regret the errors we made in the editorial," noted, in part, a statement from the New York Times.