November 14, 2012

News to note

Associated Press

Pelosi is hanging in there; we may be poorer than we think; suspect indicted in 1979 death

Pelosi decides to run again for House leader post

WASHINGTON — Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that kept the party in the minority there even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and a second term for President Barack Obama.
“My colleagues made it very clear: ‘Don’t even think of leaving,’ “ she recalled at a news conference, surrounded by women lawmakers. “I have made a decision to submit my name to my colleagues to once again serve as the House Democratic leader.”
Republicans reacted with derision.
“There is no better person to preside over the most liberal House Democratic caucus in history than the woman who is solely responsible for relegating it to a prolonged minority status,” said Paul Lindsay, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee.
“This decision signals that House Democrats have absolutely no interest in regaining the trust and confidence of the American people who took the speaker’s gavel away from Nancy Pelosi in the first place,” he said.
 

Fuller picture of poverty: 49.7M poor people in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A different way of calculating America’s poor by taking into account medical costs and work-related expenses finds a higher total than the government’s official count.
This measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. It found there are 49.7 million poor people in the country — or 16.1 percent of the population. That compares with the 46.2 million, or 15 percent, as reported in September in the Census Bureau’s official count.
According to the newly developed measure, those more likely to live in poverty are people 65 or older, urbanites and Hispanics — the result of medical expenses and higher living costs in cities.
California had the highest share of poor people, followed by Arizona and Florida. In the official tally, it’s Mississippi, New Mexico and Arizona.

Lawyer: Suspect indicted in 1979 death of NYC boy

NEW YORK — The lawyer for the suspect in the infamous 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old New York City boy says his client has been indicted on charges of murder and kidnapping.
Attorney Harvey Fishbein says 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez is being charged in the disappearance of Etan Patz (AY’-tahn PAYTS’). Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., was arrested this year and investigators say he confessed.
Etan’s disappearance led to an intensive search and spawned a movement to publicize cases of missing children. His photo was among the first put on milk cartons, and his case turned May 25 into National Missing Children’s Day.
Fishbein has said Hernandez is mentally ill and has a history of hallucinations.
 

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