WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in households that rely on food stamps.
That's a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
Some of the change is due to demographics, like the trend toward people having fewer children. But the slow economic recovery is also playing a role, with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs.
Government data shows that food stamp participation has grown fastest among workers with some college training. It's a sign the safety net has stretched to cover what used to be the middle class.
The program now covers 1 in 7 Americans.
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say three people are dead in a shooting at a mall in suburban Baltimore.
Police say they believe the shooter is among the dead.
Howard County police said via Twitter that the scene is now "believed to be secure."
The shooting happened at the Mall in Columbia, a suburb between Baltimore and Washington.
Authorities received a call to 911 at around 11:15 a.m. from someone reporting that shots had been fired. Police responded to the scene and found three people dead, including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Church officials say plans for a major Catholic gathering in Philadelphia next year are proceeding with the assumption Pope Francis will attend, though that hasn't been officially confirmed.
The eighth World Meeting of Families will take place in September 2015. It's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Philadelphia Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that "our planning all along has assumed the presence of the Holy Father."
Pope Benedict XVI announced in 2012 that Philadelphia would host the triennial event. At the time, he said he looked forward to meeting the region's Catholics. He attended the seventh convocation of families in Milan.
Benedict has since retired. Pope Francis' schedule remains unclear.
Traditionally, papal trips abroad are confirmed a few months before the journey.