The Brief

New York City's Homeless Population Shows Sharp Rise In Last Five Years

Report: Poverty Rate Declines

A Census Bureau report released Tuesday finds the percentage of Americans living in poverty in 2013 declined year-over-year for the first time since 2006

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Teens Do Less Drugs

According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 8.8 % of young people surveyed were current illicit drug users, down 13% from 2009

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Grand Jury to Weigh Case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

A grand jury will decide whether the racing star will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. The district attorney on the case made the decision after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators

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General May 'Recommend' Troops

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel he would recommend ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria should the current strategy fail to unlock the militants' grip of strategic assets in Iraq

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The Scottish Independence Debate Gets Nasty

Tensions are rising and some on either side of the independence debate are resorting to dark tactics, as Scots prepare to head to the polls on Sept. 18 in order to answer the question, "should Scotland be an independent country?"

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Cable Reacts To HBO Go Streaming-Only

HBO Go may soon be available to non-cable-TV subscribers as an online-only streaming product, just like Netflix, marking a major sea change for the TV industry and igniting a debate among industry insiders. Is this the end of the traditional pay-TV model?

California Scenics

United Will Offer Big Buyouts

The airline will offer thousands of flight attendants an early and voluntary buyout option, a lump-sum payout worth up to $100,000, in a bid to downsize. The company was the only major one to announce a quarterly loss this year

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Survey Finds Fewer Americans Without Health Insurance

The first government survey conducted since the Affordable Care Act's major insurance expansion programs went into effect finds that the number of uninsured Americans dropped 8% — or 3.8 million people — in 2014's first quarter compared with the same period last year

APTOPIX California Wildfires

This week has seen wildfires spread throughout the state, from Yosemite National Park to the central region near San Francisco, and now to the small town of Weed on the border with Oregon; on Monday night, 100 homes burned down as 1,500 residents were evacuated