AMERICANS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/AMERICANS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp">Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. The optimism suggests that Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy. Consumer spending dri...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583383902014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338390@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:13:48 MDT U.S. beats Puerto Rico in hoops exhibition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58327191-77/team-final-krzyzewski-saturday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58327191-77/team-final-krzyzewski-saturday.html.csp">U.S. beats Puerto Rico in hoops exhibition</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-23T16:49:19.82-06:00">Updated Aug 23, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Mike Krzyzewski is ready to decide who is going with him to Spain. The U.S. national team coach said the Americans expect to trim their roster to 12 on Saturday before leaving for Europe, after team officials had previously said they might carry extra players. Final rosters for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball aren’t due until next Friday, but the Americans won’t need that much time. “We feel that it’s better to go with 12 because that’s really difficult on anybody if they’re not goin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583271912014-08-23T16:49:19.82-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-23T16:49:19.82-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58327191@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:49:19 MDT Letter: Upright and uptight Americans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319184-82/upright-uptight-aclu-american.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58319184-82/upright-uptight-aclu-american.html.csp">Letter: Upright and uptight Americans</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T16:20:02.173-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 04:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re “ACLU opposes more time for appeal,” Tribune, Aug. 20. It’s baffling! Why do so many upright, uptight American citizens spend so much time and public money obsessing over what other American citizens are doing in the privacy of their own homes? Carol Ogden Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58319184@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:20:02 MDT Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58323358-79/net-worth-median-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58323358-79/net-worth-median-percent.html.csp">Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T17:33:02.195-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 05:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • A Census Bureau report is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer. The study released Thursday divided the U.S. into five groups, from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households rose 11 percent between 2000 and 2011, to $630,754. The next-wealthiest group’s net worth also rose. But because wealth dropped for the majority of Americans, the median household net worth for the country overall declined about 7 percent to $68...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583233582014-08-21T17:33:02.195-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T17:33:02.195-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58323358@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:33:02 MDT Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317807-82/percent-americans-whites-african.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317807-82/percent-americans-whites-african.html.csp">Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T01:01:05.349-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to now is how racially polarized the country is in its reaction to the shootin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317807@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Will: Fed up with cupcake cops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317717-82/government-schools-cupcake-designed.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317717-82/government-schools-cupcake-designed.html.csp">Will: Fed up with cupcake cops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George F. Will</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T01:01:05.157-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity. Washington’s response to the menace of school bake sales illustrates progressivism’s ratchet: The federal government subsidizes school lunches, so it mu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317717@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT Washington seeks to overturn ruling on team’s name http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58298419-77/team-trademark-group-ruling.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58298419-77/team-trademark-group-ruling.html.csp">Washington seeks to overturn ruling on team’s name</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-14T22:50:02.611-06:00">Updated Aug 14, 2014 10:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ashburn, Va. • The Washington Redskins on Thursday formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise’s attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur. The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and that it “points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Boar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582984192014-08-14T22:50:02.611-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-14T22:50:02.611-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298419@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:50:02 MDT Milbank: America: Home of the free and the gloomy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292672-82/percent-optimism-less-pessimistic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292672-82/percent-optimism-less-pessimistic.html.csp">Milbank: America: Home of the free and the gloomy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T11:08:01.559-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 11:08AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do. And now it is gone. It has been slipping for some time, really, but a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll this month put an exclamation point on Americans’ lost optimism. When asked if “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us,” fully 76 percent said they do not have such confidence. Only 21 percent did. That was the w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292672@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:08:01 MDT Lieberman: U.S. has a chance to stop the Islamic State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292616-82/islamic-state-iraq-president.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292616-82/islamic-state-iraq-president.html.csp">Lieberman: U.S. has a chance to stop the Islamic State</a></h4>