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2,000 firefighters battling blazes in Washington state

2,000 firefighters battling blazes in Washington state

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) – A fire racing through rural north-central Washington has destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble and burned-out automobiles. The Okanagan County town of Pateros was hit especially hard. Most of the 650 residents evacuated in advance of the flames, and some returned Friday to see if anything was left of […]

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Central American leaders to meet with Obama

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras will come to Washington next week to discuss the surge of unaccompanied minors from their countries across the U.S border. The White House says Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and El Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren will meet with […]

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Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The flow of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents is slowing down. Two senior Obama administration officials say Border Patrol agents this week have found fewer than 500 young people at the border in South Texas. Last month, agents arrested as many as 2,000 child immigrants a week. […]

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Gauge of US economy rises 0.3 percent in June

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A gauge designed to predict the economy’s future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate in the second half of this year. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.3 percent last month. That was slightly lower than forecast […]

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Unemployment rates fell in 22 US states in June

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 14 states. Meanwhile, employers added jobs in 33 states and cut back in 17. The biggest […]

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Sheriff: Up to 100 homes lost in Washington fire

Sheriff: Up to 100 homes lost in Washington fire

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning that between 80 and 100 homes have burned. Rogers said no injuries have been reported. Rogers said his team counted 30 homes and trailers […]

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Town evacuated ahead of wildfire

Town evacuated ahead of wildfire

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The tiny town of Pateros in north-central Washington state is practically emptied out after the sheriff in Okanogan County told residents to evacuate last night ahead of a wildfire. Officials say at least 35 homes have burned in Pateros and the Twisp-Winthrop area, both located in the county. A hospital in […]

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Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. soldier convicted of leaking secrets will begin treatments to change gender. The former Bradley Manning, who now calls herself Chelsea Manning, will get her initial treatment from the military. The Bureau of Prisons had rejected the Army’s request to accept Manning’s transfer from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to a civilian facility. […]

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Christie aide: I didn’t alert bosses about jams

Christie aide: I didn’t alert bosses about jams

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – An aide to Gov. Chris Christie says she did not alert any of her bosses when she learned about the closure of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge last year. Regina Egea testified Thursday before a legislative panel that is investigating the closures, which appear to have been carried […]

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House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a package of tax breaks designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators. One provision provides tax breaks to people over 70 who make donations from their individual retirement accounts. Another reduces excise taxes on private charitable foundations. Procrastinators would be able to claim tax […]

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