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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Welfare Reform

Many Floridians miss out on tens of thousands of dollars by claiming Social Security benefits early, according to new data. Courtesy: Social Security Administration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - They are among the most important decisions older Americans, face when to stop working and sign up for Social Security and experts say the majority of Floridians leave money on the table by not considering all the options. Most people think of reaching retirement age and colle ...Read More

A new study finds almost three-quarters of Illinois public housing authorities have closed waiting lists for housing vouchers.

CHICAGO – Many Illinois families that need access to affordable housing are finding it more difficult this year to get on a waiting list for housing vouchers. A new report from the advocacy group Housing Action Illinois and the anti-poverty organization Heartland Alliance shows 72 percent of ...Read More

More than half the Syrian refugees heading to the United States are children. Credit: UK-DFID/Wikimedia Commons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The U.S will admit 10,000 refugees from Syria over the next year, more than five times the number admitted in the past 12 months, but those who help resettle displaced immigrants say more could be done. About four million Syrians have fled their war-torn country and hundreds of ...Read More

A new proposed rule would restore the rights of consumers in Nevada and the nation to file class-action legal actions if corporations such as telecom companies engage in activities that rip off consumers just a little bit at a time. Credit: Mike Clifford

LAS VEGAS - A measure is pending that should mean better protection for Nevadans when they sign up for monthly contracts on necessities such as mobile phones. Matthew Sharp, a Reno trial lawyer with the Nevada Justice Association, says the good news in the proposed change from the Consumer Financi ...Read More

The spending bill working its way through Congress could erase modest gains in the fight against poverty, according to a new analysis. Credit: Bodnarchuk/iStockphoto.

DENVER – Poverty in Colorado dropped last year by a single percentage point, but nearly one in six children in the state still lives below the poverty line, according to a new analysis of U.S. census data by the equal pay women's advocacy group 9 to 5 Colorado. Bridget Kaminetsky, the group' ...Read More

Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c ...Read More

People who receive SNAP benefits get an average of $1.40 per meal. Credit: Eric/

NEW YORK - Anti-hunger advocates have been quick to respond to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that jobs go unfilled because people in the federal food-stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, are "doing too good." The remark was qu ...Read More

One in six Texas households struggled to avoid hunger in 2014 despite a fully recovered economy, according to new report. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

AUSTIN, Texas - One-point-seven million Texas households experienced hunger or engaged in coping mechanisms to avoid it at some point last year. That's more than any other state except California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Celia Cole, CEO with Feeding Tex ...Read More

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