American businesses have complained for years that they can't find the workers they need to fill available jobs. November's robust hiring gain suggests that at least some have found a way to do so.
With the unemployment rate now at a half-century low of 3.5%, many economists have also warned that hiring would soon slow simply because there are fewer unemployed workers available.
Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to "every household in America" while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate unveiled a plan Friday to provide that funding in infrastructure grants and technical assistance to states and municipalities through climate initiatives from the Green New Deal. He also says he'd require all internet service providers to offer a "Basic Internet Plan" providing "quality broadband speeds at an affordable price." He isn't the only Democratic presidential hopeful promising to improve internet access in rural areas and other under-served communities. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to create a "public option for broadband" managed by a new Office of Broadband Access using an $85 billion federal grant. Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a plan to revitalize rural America that includes a $20 billion investment in rural broadband infrastructure.
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A group photo of West Virginia correction officer trainees giving what appears to be the Nazi salute has been released as the state's governor ordered those involved to be fired. The image was made public Thursday and shows more than two dozen trainees with their arms raised and faces blurred. Officials have described the image of Basic Training Class Number 18 as "distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate." Gov. Jim Justice says he wants those involved to be fired.
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Divers will place the ashes of a survivor from the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor in the wreckage of his ship during a ceremony this weekend. Lauren Bruner will be the 44th and last crew member to be interred on the Arizona in accordance with this rare Navy ritual. That's because the last three living Arizona survivors plan to be laid to rest with their families. Bruner, of Southern California, died earlier this year at age 98. The ceremony and other events marking the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack come on the heels of a deadly shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Wednesday's shooting left three dead, including the gunman.
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A little boy in Michigan invited his entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing on Thursday.
Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton became Michael Clark Jr.’s foster parents about a year ago, local WOOD TV reported, and on Thursday they became his forever parents.
Michael had dozens of his classmates from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids supporting him in the courtroom.
Three people died when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday after taking off from an airport in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
The Minnesota National Guard confirmed to NBC News it lost contact with the Black Hawk around 2 p.m. CST. Master Sergeant Blair Heusdens said the helicopter was conducting a maintenance test flight and that three Guardsmen were on board.
Later, after the wreckage was discovered, all three Guardsmen were declared dead, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz confirmed Thursday evening.
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Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.
The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a bribe in exchange for a "fraudulent identification document" for someone identified only as "Jane Doe" on Aug. 30, 1994.
A day later, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah in a secret ceremony he arranged at a hotel in Chicago. The marriage was annulled months later because of her age. Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.
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Video of the U.S. Border Patrol cell where a 16-year-old from Guatemala died of the flu shows the teen writhing and collapsing on the floor for hours before he was found dead. The footage published Thursday by ProPublica calls into question the Border Patrol's treatment of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, who was found dead May 20. According to ProPublica, Hernandez staggered to the toilet in his cell in the middle of the night at the Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas, and collapsed nearby. He remained still for more than four hours until his cellmate awakened at 6:05 a.m. and discovered him on the floor.
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More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report.
That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders.
In 2017, the company said 2,936 sexual assaults were reported. Uber bases its numbers on reports from riders and drivers — meaning the actual numbers could be much higher. Sexual assaults commonly go unreported.
House Democrats are advancing aggressively toward impeaching President Donald Trump, announcing they will swiftly draft formal charges to oust him from the White House before next year's election. Trump "leaves us no choice," Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared, because he's likely to corrupt the system again to keep power. Bring it on, was Trump's reaction. Though he has repeatedly tried to stymie the House investigation, he says that if Democrats "are going to impeach me, do it now, fast." That would send the issue to the Republican-controlled Senate, where he says he'd get a fairer shake.
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Airbnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and nuisance guests in the wake of a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental in a San Francisco suburb where five people were killed.
The company said Thursday it's banning "open invite" parties at all of its accommodations. Those are parties open to anyone and advertised on social media, for example.
Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis.
University officials announced the decision Thursday, ending a relationship that has spanned nearly four decades and brought $15 million to the school's science and medical programs. Tufts leaders said they considered the issue for more than a year before concluding it is inconsistent with the school's values to display the family's name.
A driver suspected of being under the influence crashed into a highway work zone in Arlington and struck six construction workers, Virginia State Police say.
Kevin L. Blyther, 44, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended or revoked license and hit-and-run in the crash, police say.
At her request, former local sports reporter Kelli Tennant's lawsuit accusing ex-Lakers head coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her at a Santa Monica hotel was dismissed this week.
Tennant's attorney filed paperwork Tuesday asking that the lawsuit be dismissed, and the case was officially dropped Wednesday, according to court records.
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The Justice Department has unsealed charges against two Russian men in what authorities say is one of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade.
In a related move, the Treasury Department has ordered all assets of the two and 15 other individuals frozen. The actions relate to malware that authorities say was used to empty bank accounts. At least $100 million was stolen in more than 40 countries. The two Russian men are alleged to be top figures in a group called Evil Corp.