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Jindal: Obama hasn’t done enough to harness energy

Jindal: Obama hasn’t done enough to harness energy

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to do enough to harness the nation’s energy potential. The possible Republican presidential candidate says Obama’s policies have limited oil and natural gas production on federal lands, stalled approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and pushed regulations on power plants. Jindal […]

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Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire. The agency stopped mailing the statements to most workers two years ago to save money. Instead, Social Security directed workers to track their future benefits online using a secure website. […]

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Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006. This comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its annual study on Tuesday. The 2013 poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. There were 45.3 million people living in poverty, a statistically […]

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UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season. The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Since last year’s holiday season, UPS has implemented several measures to help prepare for this year’s […]

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House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee has determined that the government’s auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors’ faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem. The report issued Tuesday by Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raises serious questions about the agency’s ability […]

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Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WEED, Calif. (AP) – A fire driven by fierce winds raced through the small Northern California town of Weed on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people. CalFire spokeswoman Allison Giannini said the fire was 15 percent contained by dusk. She […]

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FBI investigates Missouri officer’s stun gun use

FBI investigates Missouri officer’s stun gun use

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition. Independence police say an officer used a stun gun on Bryce Masters of Independence Sunday afternoon during a car stop. […]

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US producer prices unchanged in August

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check. The Labor Department says that wholesale gas prices fell 1.4 percent last month and food costs dropped 0.5 percent. Those declines offset higher prices for transportation and shipping […]

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More children live to age 5, work still to be done

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – More of the world’s children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but a new report finds 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes. The U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday that while death rates have dropped by half since 1990, the world still is short of meeting a goal of […]

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GOP set to again block Senate Dems on women’s pay

GOP set to again block Senate Dems on women’s pay

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats are forcing an election-season vote on their drive to pressure companies to pay women the same as men for comparable jobs. Republicans are ready to block the measure in a predictable roll call that Democrats hope will persuade women to vote for their candidates in November. GOP senators blockaded the […]

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