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White House: Higher wages needed to make up for stagnation

White House: Higher wages needed to make up for stagnation

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick-start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class workers. The White House, in its annual report to Congress, also warns that despite the U.S. relative […]

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Toyota asks court to reduce $11M jury award in fatal crash

Toyota asks court to reduce $11M jury award in fatal crash

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Toyota Motor Corp. is asking a federal court to reduce the award it was ordered to pay plaintiffs who successfully sued in a fatal crash in St. Paul. A jury determined Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the 2006 crash and that the victims should be paid about $11 million. In […]

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Recently discovered Dr. Seuss book coming out in July

Recently discovered Dr. Seuss book coming out in July

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss. Random House Children’s Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials […]

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Home construction slips in January

Home construction slips in January

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders slowed the pace of construction in January, breaking ground on fewer single-family houses ahead of the spring buying season. The Commerce Department says housing starts fell 2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million last month, down from 1.09 million in December. Leading that decline was a […]

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US wholesale prices drop 0.8 percent in January

US wholesale prices drop 0.8 percent in January

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years. The Labor Department says that its producer price index declined 0.8 percent last month, the biggest drop in a data series that goes back to November 2009 when the government changed […]

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GOP’s Bush noting difference with former president brother

GOP’s Bush noting difference with former president brother

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to note he is different from his former president brother George W. Bush in a Chicago speech about U.S. foreign policy. In excerpts released ahead of the midday speech, Bush answers a question he faces repeatedly in closed-door fundraisers as he marches toward an increasingly likely […]

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Construction firm offers to demolish shooter’s home for free

Construction firm offers to demolish shooter’s home for free

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – Newtown’s first selectwoman says a construction company with ties to the town has offered to demolish at no cost the home of Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza. The News-Times reports that First Selectwoman Pat Llodra said Tuesday that representatives of Manafort Brothers are expected to meet with town officials this […]

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US labor secretary’s message to sides in West Coast seaport dispute: Reach a deal, fast

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The nation’s top labor official is bringing a clear message to dockworkers and their employers at West Coast’s seaports: Reach a deal, and fast. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez held what his office is characterizing as “positive and productive meetings” Tuesday with both the dockworkers’ union and the maritime association representing companies […]

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W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) – A fiery West Virginia train derailment this week is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires. President Barack Obama and other federal officials are now urging even tougher standards for the tanks as an ever-increasing […]

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At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is focusing Wednesday on the need to combat the underlying ideologies that entice otherwise modern individuals – including many disaffected youth – to join violent extremist movements. Obama is convening a White House summit on the threat of violent extremism. It is not the summit he envisioned. Planned for […]

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