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Burke headed to Washington to speak at DNC event

Burke headed to Washington to speak at DNC event

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is headed to Washington, D.C., to speak at a Democratic National Committee event alongside Michelle Obama. Burke is scheduled to speak Thursday at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. The event is private and not open to press. The only other speakers at Thursday’s welcome reception are […]

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FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – FedEx plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle another record year for holiday-season package deliveries. That’s up from last year, when FedEx announced it would hire 20,000 seasonal workers. FedEx announced its hiring plans Wednesday on a conference call with investors. Rival UPS says it will hire up […]

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Bankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. A U.S. District Court judge’s approval is also needed. The proposal relies […]

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Pacific storm starts pushing rain into Arizona

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHOENIX (AP) – Rain is falling in much of Arizona as the remnants of Tropical Storm Odile move across the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Carlaw in Tucson says overnight accumulations in southern Arizona range from a third of an inch to 2 inches. Carlaw says some normally dry washes had flows late Tuesday […]

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Crews battle California fire’s explosive growth

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WEED, Calif. (AP) – Hundreds of additional firefighters have been dispatched to a fast-growing wildfire in Northern California as crews continue to mop up another blaze that tore through a small town. More than 2,500 firefighters were battling the blaze near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, on Wednesday, up […]

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US homebuilder confidence soars in September

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

UNDATED (AP) – U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years. The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will rise over the next six months, spurring growth in home construction. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose […]

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US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control. The Labor Department says consumer prices edged down 0.2 percent last month following a tiny 0.1 percent […]

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Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate investigators are blaming China for nearly two dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors. A yearlong investigation announced Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 50 intrusions since 2012 against unspecified contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom. It said at least […]

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Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP […]

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No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and strategists is outlining a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. The group called No Labels says it intends to deliver its ambitious plan in October 2015, right as the next presidential campaign starts to rev up. More than […]

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