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More fall out as U.S. middle class shrinks further

The middle class that President Barack Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home.

Royals

Billy Butler says he would be ‘more than happy to come back’ to Royals someday

Billy Butler says he doesn’t believe his time with the Royals organization is finished despite signing with the Oakland A’s as a free agent this offseason. “It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms,” the designated hitter said Sunday in Springfield as he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. “I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me.”

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