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Obama’s vacations in line with US average

Obama’s vacations in line with US average

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – Criticized whenever he goes on vacation, President Barack Obama is on par with most Americans, who average four leisure trips a year, travel industry data shows. But his decision to forge ahead with a two-week break on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard and spend hours on the golf course amid […]

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Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs. The government is also extending an existing accommodation to some for-profit […]

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Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. WABC-TV reports beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli’s ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager. Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks […]

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Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

TWISP, Wash. (AP) – Highway crews are trying to clear mud and debris that washed onto roadways when heavy rain fell on land scarred by wildfires in north central Washington. The Washington Transportation Department says sections of Highway 20 and Highway 153 near Twisp that were hit Thursday night remain closed Friday morning. Spokesman Jeff […]

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Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Fitbit, a company that makes wearable devices that monitor fitness activity, says it’s changing its practice of selling users’ personal data to advertisers after concerns were raised about consumer privacy. The San Francisco-based company’s move comes after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate […]

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Dentist at center of health scare cedes license

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis has surrendered his professional license. Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his license Friday to the State Board of Dentistry. Harrington’s two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials […]

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2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open. A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl […]

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Yellen: Job-market shifts complicate rate decision

Yellen: Job-market shifts complicate rate decision

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Great Recession complicated the Fed’s ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates. Yellen’s remarks to an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offer no signal that she’s altered her view that the economy […]

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Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) – Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than […]

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Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with Islamic militants. Foley’s Islamic State captors had demanded $132.5 million from his parents and political concessions from Washington. Authorities say neither obliged. The militants […]

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