Criminal charges could be filed against the owners of a California nursing home. On the day the state shut down the facility, most of the staff walked off the job. They left 14 elderly patients behind, and no arrangements were made to move them elsewhere. Three employees stayed behind to help the abandoned patients. Stephanie Elam has been digging into this story.
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Mason is a student at Sparks Middle School. He was there Monday morning, waiting for the first bell, when he heard gunfire. Then he saw his friend, a classmate, coming toward him carrying a nine-millimeter pistol. Seconds later, Mason was shot in his stomache. Today, as he heals, he is telling his story to Stephanie Elam.
A community is struggling to come to terms with the deadly shooting at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada, where a student shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life. Now, newly-released 911 recordings are shedding new light on those chaotic moments, and a hero emerges. Stephanie Elam reports.
Police say James DiMaggio kidnapped Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and and younger brother Ethan. Now DiMaggio's family wants DNA samples from Hannah, saying they believe James DiMaggio fathered both Hannah and Ethan. This comes as we learn DiMaggio named the kids' grandmother as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy. CNN's Stephanie Elam has the latest on all of this.
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When I set out to do a story on the effect recessions have on black Americans, I was prepared for some dire statistics. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised. Here’s my biggest takeaway: as the unemployment rate increases for the population overall in a recession, the increase among blacks is roughly double. And when a recession hits, blacks take longer to regain employment after the economy recovers.
As if that isn’t bad enough, it was what I learned about younger black Americans that really left an impact. According to John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the unemployment rate for black teens is about twice that of white teens. In the recession that lasted from 1980 into 1982 – the black teen unemployment rate skyrocketed to 50 percent. FULL POST
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