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Nation Oct 23U.S. census takers fall short of target goal
The Census Bureau says it did reach 99.9 percent of the nation's households — but the missing 0.1 percent still represents hundreds of thousands of uncounted residents.
Politics Oct 13Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count
A coalition of local governments and civil rights groups had sued the Trump administration, arguing that minorities and others in hard-to-count communities would be missed if the count ended early.
Nation Sep 29Judge says ending 2020 census on October 5 violates her order
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh suggested Tuesday that she would be open to issuing a contempt finding against the federal government or making a ruling that her order had been violated. A Trump administration attorney says the suggestion that the…
Arts Sep 29Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida
Disney's parks closed last spring as the pandemic started spreading in the U.S. The Florida parks reopened this summer, but the California parks have yet to reopen as the company awaits guidance from the state of California.
Politics Sep 28Commerce secretary: 2020 census to end Oct. 5 despite court order
A federal judge ruled last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October.
Economy Sep 15Income in the U.S. rose in 2019. So did the number of uninsured
In 2019, median household income in the U.S. was the highest ever on record. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Nation Sep 10Despite judge’s order, plans being made for census layoffs
In response to the judge's temporary restraining order, the Census Bureau said Tuesday it would refrain from laying off census takers who were in phases two or three of the three-phase door knocking operation.
Nation Sep 03Attorneys argue Trump’s exclusion order for count is illegal
The attorneys' comments this week came in response to a lawsuit from cities and civil rights groups who want to keep the previous deadline of Oct. 31.
Nation Aug 21Watchdog says the U.S. Census lacks door knockers needed for 2020 count
The Office of Inspector General this week issued an alert saying it was concerned about the bureau's ability to hire and retain workers, with six weeks left in the head count of every U.S. resident. The census helps determine the…
Nation Aug 05Judge issues tight schedule in district redrawing case
A federal judge is setting a compressed schedule for legal arguments challenging President Donald Trump's order seeking to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of redrawing congressional districts.