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AP-GfK Poll: Voters’ pre-election focus on economy

AP-GfK Poll: Voters’ pre-election focus on economy

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s not Obamacare or climate change. It’s not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year’s midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds […]

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Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. Gonzalez’s lawyer entered the plea on behalf of his client in a proceeding Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. A three-count federal grand jury indictment issued […]

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White House: New leadership needed at Secret Service

White House: New leadership needed at Secret Service

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign. Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama concluded that new leadership of the […]

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Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it. The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a congressional hearing focused on […]

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Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia

Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – There’s Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and now, Pepsi True, a midcalorie version of the soda made with natural sweeteners. PepsiCo Inc. says Pepsi True will have 30 percent fewer calories than the regular version and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener with no calories. The drink […]

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Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88

Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) – The first female pilot to fly solo around the world has died. Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock was 88. Mock’s grandson, Chris Flocken, said Wednesday that she died at her home in Quincy, Florida, on Tuesday after being in failing health for months. Mock flew her single-engine Cessna 180 “Spirit of Columbus” 23,000 miles […]

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GM, Chrysler see 19 percent gains

GM, Chrysler see 19 percent gains

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors and Chrysler are both reporting 19 percent gains in their U.S. sales in September. GM’s says its sales rose on big demand for its pickup trucks. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup rose 54 percent, while the GMC Sierra pickup was up 25 percent. GM’s SUV sales were also strong. […]

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US construction spending down 0.8 percent

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness. The Commerce Department says construction spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent after a 1.2 percent increase in July. The July increase followed a 1.6 percent June decline. The […]

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GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A new study found that television is increasing its depiction of gay characters. The media advocacy group GLAAD said Wednesday that 3.9 percent of the characters regularly seen on prime-time network series this season will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. There are more gay characters on cable TV as well, the […]

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Chrysler’s US sales jump 19 percent in September

Chrysler’s US sales jump 19 percent in September

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DETROIT (AP) – Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales rose 19 percent in September thanks to strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup. Cherokee sales rose to 14,639, surpassing the bigger Grand Cherokee and helping the Jeep brand increase sales by 47 percent over last September. The Cherokee went on […]

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