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US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Americans increased their spending 0.4 percent in December, a solid pace but slower than the big spending burst seen in November. The Commerce Department said Monday the spending gain followed a 0.8 percent surge in November. Incomes were up 0.4 percent, helped by a healthy rise in wages that reflects the fact … Continue reading US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

MENLO PARK, Calif. /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually … Continue reading Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl

BELGRADE, Serbia /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  The family of a 6-year-old Afghan migrant girl killed by a train on the Serbia-Croatia border has filed charges against Croatian police for forcing them back over the frontier. The lawyer representing the Hussini family said Tuesday in Zagreb the charges were filed because the Croat border guards … Continue reading Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl

Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

FORT WORTH, Texas /December 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are storm-related, making fund tracking — and spending … Continue reading Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

US retail sales jump 0.8 pct. in sign of consumer health

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers ramped up their spending last month in a sign of robust health heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose 0.8 percent in October, after an upwardly-revised 1 percent gain in September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The two-month increase was the largest since the spring of 2014. … Continue reading US retail sales jump 0.8 pct. in sign of consumer health