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Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) – Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than […]

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Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with Islamic militants. Foley’s Islamic State captors had demanded $132.5 million from his parents and political concessions from Washington. Authorities say neither obliged. The militants […]

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The ice bucket stops with Obama

The ice bucket stops with Obama

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) – The bucket stops with President Barack Obama. Instead of pouring cold water over his head, Obama has poured it on the idea of becoming the highest-profile participant of the ice bucket challenge. The dare is sweeping the country and has raised more than $40 million for the ALS Association and raised […]

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Wildfire burning northeast of Bakersfield nearly half contained after scorching 6 square miles

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire burning in steep terrain northeast of Bakersfield, California. Kern County fire officials say the blaze near Lake Isabella is 48 percent contained after scorching more than six square miles of dry brush. Eight single-family homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed since […]

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Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the […]

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Missionary doctor ‘thrilled to be alive’ after recovering from Ebola

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA (AP) – A missionary doctor who’s been released from the hospital after recovering from Ebola says he’s “thrilled to be alive.” Kent Brantly choked up as he spoke at a news conference today at Emory University Hospital, calling it “a miraculous day.” Brantly is one of two American aid workers who were treated at […]

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US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for any more U.S. diplomats getting in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to […]

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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine […]

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Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.9 percent last month, the sixth straight increase and the […]

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Holder pledge thorough probe of Ferguson shooting

Holder pledge thorough probe of Ferguson shooting

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s been trying to reassure residents of Ferguson, Missouri, that the federal government will conduct a fair, thorough and independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Holder says the unrest that has followed the Aug. 9 shooting has highlighted the mistrust the community […]

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