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Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Orange County, California say the person who left porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of several families wanted to spread cheer, not to creep them out. The sheriff’s department says the dolls were dressed in nightgowns and lace dresses and were left at about eight homes in a San […]

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Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – Fast food workers from around the country will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss how to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation. About 1,300 workers are expected at a convention in suburban Chicago today and Saturday. They say they can’t provide for their family on minimum wage and […]

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House advances lawsuit bill

House advances lawsuit bill

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law. The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. Republicans say the lawsuit […]

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Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressman Paul Ryan is out with a new plan to merge anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he says would give more flexibility to distribute federal help for the poor. Eleven programs would be merged, including food stamps, cash welfare, housing subsidies and heating aid for the poor, […]

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US new-home sales plummet in June

US new-home sales plummet in June

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. The Commerce Department says new home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000. The report also revised down the May sales rate to […]

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US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That’s the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, […]

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Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’s worried there’s a perception of the United States “disengaging” from global affairs. Gates, who also once headed the CIA, says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has been carrying out in the Mideast and Eastern Europe and other world hot spots like Africa. […]

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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – The Manhattan district attorney says six people have been indicted in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game, the U.S. Open and Broadway […]

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Poll shows majority support for gay marriage

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. The poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. It […]

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Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is moving toward passage of an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs. The chamber reached agreement Wednesday that sets up a vote next week on several alternatives. But senators will likely end up simply adopting a measure that passed the GOP-controlled […]

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