Wild weather is causing problems in several states. Hurricane Arthur lashed the Carolina coast Thursday night as a Category 2 hurricane. In Arizona, a huge dust storm Thursday grounded flights and knocked out power to thousands. California is dealing with wildfires. And in New York, thunderstorms brought hail and flash floods knocking out service to subway lines.
Hurricane Arthur is moving away from North Carolina’s coast after making landfall overnight with winds of up to 100 mph. The Category 2 storm knocked out power to nearly 22-thousand customers. more
The annual list of who makes what at the White House has been released. The White House has been required to release the list since 1995. The White House employs 457 people with annual salaries ranging from $42,400 to $172,200. 22 of President Obama’s closest assistants make the top salary.
A central Massachusetts highway worker was fired after helping rescue a kitty stuck in a tree in Westminster. Library Director Jackie Prime said he had no idea his buddy Jim Mackie would be fired for it. Prime tells CBS Boston he reached out to Mackie after nobody else could get his daughter’s kitty Kabootle out of a tree. Mackie called a Phillipston highway worker who showed up with a town owned bucket truck. Mackie was able to rescue the cat, but the highway employee filed an ethics complaint against Mackie. He was fired last week by the Phillipston Board of Selectmen. more
The Labor Department says the U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, dropping the unemplyment rate from 6.3 percent to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent. Bloomberg reports the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 215,000 advance. The number of long-term unemployed Americans fell to 3.1 million, showing they’re having greater success finding work. more