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Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17% by hauling 8% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Workforce layoffs are becoming rare

WASHINGTON (AP) - The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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Sanders backers divided on Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bernie Sanders tried to calm tensions among his delegates Monday at the Democratic National Convention but some weren't in a listening mood ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Mom of slain teen warned son of nightclub shootings

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - With the Orlando massacre still fresh on everyone's mind, the mother of a young man who was slain at a ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


At least 19 killed, about 20 injured in knifing near Tokyo

SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) - At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


IS attacker: Germans ‘won’t be able to sleep peacefully’

ANSBACH, Germany (AP) - A Syrian man who tried unsuccessfully to claim asylum in Germany pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and vowed the nation ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Groups seek to help veteran held as motel hostage for years

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Veterans' organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


After turmoil, Sanders, Mrs. Obama, Warren thrill convention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


All about the hack, the leak, the discord

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - First came the hack, then the leak. Now, the Clinton and Trump campaigns are fighting over Russia's role in the release of ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8B

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Seeking a wider digital audience, Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion in a deal that marks the end of an era ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Fox News ousts two more execs

NEW YORK (AP) - Four days after the ouster of Roger Ailes as Fox News chief, two more executives at the network have been axed.

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Farewell to last VCR production

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder.

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids’ clothing

NEW YORK (AP) - Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Poll shows support is growing for stricter laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Judge tosses woman’s tornado- related suit against Home Depot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


University of Florida linebacker stops sexual assault of woman

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit Philly streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


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