American consumers are holding up the global economy. Some worry it might not last.

As a number of signs point to a possible downturn in the United States, economists grow more skeptical that consumers will continue to open up their wallets as freely.

Islamic State claims suicide attack on Kabul wedding that killed 63

The attack goes to the heart of the Afghan capital’s entertainment scene, which revolves around massive weddings.
Wenzle Hufford, 76, uses a rope to tow his wife, Lucynda, with his motorized wheelchair in Kennett, Mo. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Wenzle Hufford, 76, uses a rope to tow his wife, Lucynda, with his motorized wheelchair in Kennett, Mo. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center has filed more than 1,100 lawsuits for unpaid bills this year. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center has filed more than 1,100 lawsuits for unpaid bills this year. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
The lawsuits keep the “Debt and Collections” courtroom in Poplar Bluff busy. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
The lawsuits keep the “Debt and Collections” courtroom in Poplar Bluff busy. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Income for Poplar Bluff residents averages $18,105 a year, well below the U.S. mark. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Income for Poplar Bluff residents averages $18,105 a year, well below the U.S. mark. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Envelopes litter the floor of the Southeast Health Center of Reynolds County, which closed in 2016. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)
Envelopes litter the floor of the Southeast Health Center of Reynolds County, which closed in 2016. (Michael S. Williamson/The Post)

The ‘follow up appointment’: When a trip to the hospital leads to a date in court

Unpaid medical bills are among the leading causes of personal debt and bankruptcy in the United States, and what’s happening in rural areas such as Butler County, Mo., is a main reason why.
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With unswerving loyalty, the 33-year-old senior adviser has singular control of an issue central to Donald Trump's presidency and is writing the main plot.
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Even frequent defenders of Israel have criticized the decision to ban a visit by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
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