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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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Nevada to do fresh analysis on rooftop solar costs, benefits

LAS VEGAS (AP) - State officials plan to do a fresh study on whether rooftop solar is a net benefit or burden for Nevada's electric ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Chronic absenteeism: 6.5M students

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class - and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Iowa senator suspends party membership to protest Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A senior member of the Iowa Senate says he has dropped his Republican Party affiliation in protest of what he calls ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Father gets life for selling his daughters to child pornographer

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man who sold his three daughters to a man who raped them and used them in child pornography has been ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Rehearsal for mega-quake ‘catastrophe’ starts in Northwest

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) - The Pacific Northwest kicked off a massive earthquake and tsunami drill Tuesday as part of a multiday event to rehearse scenarios ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline to 15.3M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015- the ninth straight year of decline for the nation's ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Boy recovering after clinical decapitation in Idaho crash

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 4-year-old boy who doctors say suffered what's known as an internal decapitation in a car crash in southwestern Idaho is ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Woman accused of burning son’s hands on stove

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An Orlando woman is facing charges after being accused of burning her teenage son's hands on a hot stove as punishment ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Anger as UP trains resume

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) - Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


TV’s John Oliver buys and forgives $15 million in debt

NEW YORK (AP) - Some 9,000 people stuck with delinquent medical bills had their debts forgiven courtesy of HBO host John Oliver.

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


Democratic congressman calls Trump a racist over judge remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's criticism of a Latino judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University shows that the presumptive Republican nominee for president is ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


No men allowed: Women-only pool hours draw complaints in NY City

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City municipal pool that maintains female-only hours so that Hasidic Jewish women can swim with no men present has ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


Owner of loose bull in fatal crash is charged with manslaughter

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A man whose loose bull wandered onto a road and was hit by a car, killing the driver, is facing an involuntary ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


Jury returns death sentence for ‘LA’s Grim Sleeper’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


New Miss USA from DC to take break from Army reserves

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of ...

June 05, 2016 | | Nation


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