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US consumer confidence jumps to 7  1/2-year high in January

US consumer confidence jumps to 7 1/2-year high in January

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer confidence shot up in January to the highest level since August 2007. The Conference Board reports that its consumer confidence index climbed to 102.9 this month from a revised 93.1 in December. Americans are feeling better about current economic conditions, including the job market. They are also more optimistic about […]

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Obamas arrive in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects

Obamas arrive in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s new king has welcomed President Barack Obama and his wife to Riyadh. They’re making a four-hour stop there, to pay their respects following the death of King Abdullah. The president cut short the final day of his trip to India to make the visit. He was joined by […]

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Maine, Massachusetts take snow pounding

Maine, Massachusetts take snow pounding

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

UNDATED (AP) – Maine’s governor has declared a state of emergency as a major winter storm pounds the state this morning. The storm, packing blizzard conditions, spun up the East Coast early today, but Maine and Massachusetts were expected to get the worst of it, with 1 to 3 feet of snow. The National Weather […]

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Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. With five days before the deadline to file claims, Feinberg has received 338 death claims and 2,730 for injuries. So far […]

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Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the right to resume executions […]

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Full jury seated to hear murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

Full jury seated to hear murder trial of Aaron Hernandez

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh on Monday seated a jury of 13 women and five men after more than two weeks of jury selection. They were chosen from a pool of […]

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Blizzard postpones jury selection in Boston Marathon trial

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

BOSTON (AP) – The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has postponed jury selection because of an impending blizzard. Judge George O’Toole Jr. resumed his individual questioning of prospective jurors Monday. O’Toole told prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers that no jurors will be called in Tuesday for questioning. […]

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New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking the first step toward a presidential run in 2016. The Wall Street Journal reports that he’s launching a political action committee to raise money for a potential campaign. Christie’s move was widely expected. It comes after months of preparation for a White House campaign, […]

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Lawsuit against Boy Scouts could reveal sex abuse claims

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – Opening statements begin today in Santa Barbara, California court in a negligence lawsuit a 20-year-old man has filed against the Boy Scouts. The man says he was molested by a Boy Scout volunteer in 2007, and he says the Scouts were negligent in failing to warn parents and volunteers about […]

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Doctors’ group warns against kids and medical marijuana

Doctors’ group warns against kids and medical marijuana

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – The nation’s most influential group of pediatricians says medical marijuana for children should only be used if there’s no other treatment option. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids’ troublesome seizures or led to other improvements. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says there’s virtually no hard proof that […]

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