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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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House to take up bill blocking money for ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Indiana agency: No action is planned over card game prizes

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana senior center has stopped offering prizes like cookies and toilet paper in euchre card games in which residents paid a ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Diner owner defends yelling at toddler to stop crying

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The owner of a Maine diner says she's not sorry for yelling at a 21-month-old child for crying in her restaurant ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Worked as woman, collected disability as man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Families face tough calls as cost of elder care soars

"Within the first year most people are tapped out. Middle-class families just aren't prepared for these costs." - Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Nixon’s library museum gets makeover

YORBA LINDA (AP) - A museum dedicated to Richard Nixon's presidency is getting a makeover that will include interactive exhibits appealing to younger, tech-savvy visitors ...

July 19, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla adds power to already-fast Model S

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


MGM Resorts saves 2 billion gallons

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say ...

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


Google shareholders revel in record 1-day windfall of $65.1B

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors ...

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


FITNESS TRACKERS

NEW YORK (AP) - Deepak Jayasimha's fitness tracker is now with his father-in-law in India, where it sits unused. Annabel Kelly foisted hers off on ...

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


MTV causes stir with film on white people

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary "White People" was getting folks to talk about race when they didn ...

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


Death business expands weddings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danessa Molinder entered the courtyard wearing a white dress and matching veil. Her groom waited at the other end, in front of decorative ...

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


Adult coloring books selling like crazy

NEW YORK (AP) - Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer.

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


Answers to Emmy’ questions

NEW YORK (AP) - Nominations for the annual Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday. Here are the answers to some questions about television's biggest honor.

July 16, 2015 | | Nation


Broadcast’s best on sidelines for Emmys

NEW YORK (AP) - A broadcast network is still the best place for a television event to get notice. That holds no sway with Emmy voters ...

July 16, 2015 | | Nation


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