Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has become much less common in recent decades as more parents choose non-physical approaches like "time-outs" instead, a U.S. study suggests. Since 1988, the proportion of middle-income mothers who think physical punishment is appropriate has dropped from 46 percent to 21 percent, the study found. Over that same time, the share of mothers endorsing time-outs surged from 41 percent to 81 percent.
WASHINGTON—The election of Donald Trump as president has done nothing to change the Federal Reserve's plans for a rate increase "relatively soon," Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Congressional testimony that included a pledge to serve out her term.
WASHINGTON—The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a 43-year low last week, pointing to a rapidly tightening labor market that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 235,000 for the week ended Nov. 12, the lowest level since November 1973, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were unrevised.
HOUSTON—Demonstrators across U.S. cities will gather outside offices of the Army Corps of Engineers, banks and energy companies on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the largest protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline since the U.S. government halted the project in September.
MEXICO CITY—Mexico was pitched into deep uncertainty by Donald Trump's U.S. election victory on Tuesday, Nov. 8, after a bitterly divisive campaign, raising the prospect of major clashes over trade, immigration and security. The peso currency suffered its biggest fall in 22 years on fears Trump will stick to a campaign pledge to rewrite or dump a free trade treaty he says is loaded in Mexico's favor. Investors worry a trade fight could tip Mexico's economy into recession.
TORONTO—Maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Republican presidential candidate became successful in his often polarizing campaign for the White House. Canada's main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the U.S. presidency turned markedly higher. Some users in the United States, Canada and Asia saw an internal serve error message when trying to access the
LOS ANGELES—"Star Trek" premiered 50 years ago this week. The original series—created by Gene Roddenberry—ran from 1966 to 1969 before finding a second life in syndication and then on the big screen. "Star Trek" brought some of the most memorable characters on TV: the brash Captain Kirk, the logical Commander Spock, and Lieutenant Uhura, one of the first non-menial African American television roles.
CHICAGO—U.S. grain trader Cargill Inc. has agreed to sell its ag-retail business in the United States to farming input seller and distributor Agrium Inc., the companies said on Wednesday. Calgary,...
LOS ANGELES - Country legend Merle Haggard, often called "the Poet of the Common Man," whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that...
A man employed as the Easter Bunny at a New Jersey mall brawled with a father whose his child slipped to the floor while having a picture taken with the...