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Politicians punting again on Social Security reform

As I write this, the president and Congress are once again playing games with Social Security. In the ongoing negotiations over the federal budget, Social Security is being used as a political football, with each side blaming the other for lack of progress in getting near the end zone of any kind of meaningful reform of the retirement program.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Winter doesn’t chill employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


MasterCard, Visa plan group focused on data security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Visa and MasterCard want banks and retailers to work together on securing customer data and stop blaming each other after a massive data breach during the holiday season.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Man can be tried in childhood crime

CONROE, Texas (AP) - In the years that followed the 1998 attack that horribly burned her then-8-year-old son, Colleen Middleton felt fear and frustration over the possibility that the person she believed was responsible would never be taken to trial.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Mummified body found in SUV at home

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The body of a woman whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago was found in a sport utility vehicle parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Splitsvillle for Girl Scouts, Barbie?

NEW YORK (AP) - America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: ‘I’ve got (Latinos) back’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


State analysts doubt CHP aircraft need

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's fleet of airplanes and helicopters may be getting old, but state lawmakers should not fund the purchase of replacements until the state police force justifies why it needs 26 new aircraft, according to the independent Legislative Analyst's Office.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Costs growing concern in college picks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Judge’s online comments investigated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


El Nino brewing? Is so, good news for California

SAN FRANCISO (AP) - Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Albertsons parent to buy Safeway

PLESANTON (AP) - Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner several supermarket chains.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Staples to close 225 stores nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) - Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Man denies he’s Bitcoin founder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin denied he had anything to do with the digital currency.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Police: Teen girl locked in basement

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Racist chant learned during cruise

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


22-day-old baby girl starved to death

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer says kidnapping wasn’t a hoax

VALLEJO (AP) - The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine - Arnold Schwarzenegger - are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own - the publicity kind.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) - A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Councilman’s petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions - and thus ended his last re-election bid - in grand style.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


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