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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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Fed won’t have big impact on your loans anytime soon

NEW YORK (AP) - Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


LEARNING IN INTERNET AGE

NEW YORK (AP) - For the organizations that give standardized tests, it's a common - and common-sense - security measure.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


101 MINUTES OF CPR

DANVILLE, Penn. (AP) - In a survival story his doctors call extraordinary, a 22-month-old Pennsylvania boy whose lifeless body was pulled from an icy creek was revived after an hour and 41 minutes of CPR and has suffered virtually no lingering effects.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


Flap: Pledge recited in Arabic

PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) - A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents who lost family members in the Afghanistan war.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


40 years in fatal abuse of 2-year-old

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for what the judge called the "mind-boggling," fatal abuse of a 2-year-old boy who was whipped with a belt, kicked, shaken, slammed against kitchen cabinets and forced to brush his teeth with a steel barbecue brush.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


Sanctions possible in Obama court case

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


House had 85 live dogs, dozens of dead pets

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - A woman is being held in Wisconsin who authorities in Illinois say had 85 live dogs and at least 65 dead dogs and cats at a rural rental house.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


Rat raised to feed family’s snakes fatally bit baby

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


Man held for 2 years as witness takes stand, released

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A man who was jailed for 2½ years so he couldn't avoid taking the witness stand in his son's murder trial was freed Thursday after providing two hours of often-combative testimony.

March 19, 2015 | | Nation


Microsoft readies new web browser

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


Prison for beating, chaining boy up

MONROE, N.C. (AP) - For an 11-year-old boy, it was a house of horrors.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


Streaming TV services: The options

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


US destroying chemical weapons

DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Army began destroying the nation's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons Wednesday, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralize it.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


Concealed guns on college campuses?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas would allow people to carry concealed handguns on college campuses under a measure given preliminary approval by the state Senate, just a day after it passed a proposal allowing open carry of guns almost anywhere in the state.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


Law lets judges appoint lawyers for fetuses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.

March 18, 2015 | | Nation


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