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  • US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from...

  • In just 6 months, 37,477 illegal immigrant kids released, only 280 deported

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The Washington Examiner reports the Obama administration has released a huge majority of illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year into dozens of tony counties without notifying the public, while deporting just 280, according to new reports. The Health...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak.

  • Republican Governor Agrees To Expand Medicaid In His State

    Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia, the Huffington Post reports. Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income...

  • Environmental group calls Inhofe a top 'dirty denier'

    By RANDY KREHBIEL - Tulsa World | Updated: 22 hr ago

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has been labeled a “top-ranking ‘Dirty Denier’ ” by one of the world’s most influential environmental groups. The Natural Resources Defense Council was to announce Friday that it considers Inhofe the most egregious of the 20 “Dirty Deniers” named by the organization this...

  • OK, so we have germs. But they're our unique germs

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too....

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...

  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama's long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it...

  • Oklahoma loses ability to use federal funding as state sees fit

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    U.S. government denies Oklahoma’s flexibility waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act — a move that came after Oklahoma’s repeal of Common Core.

  • Obama taps veteran diplomat to be Afghan envoy

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping a veteran diplomat with experience in Kabul to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. The White House says Michael McKinley is Obama's pick to replace Ambassador James Cunningham, who has served since 2012. McKinley is currently...

  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before...

  • Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a...

  • Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A single funeral caused many. Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that the Ebola outbreak was coming under control or at least plateauing in late May. Then came the funeral of a healer in Guinea. More than a dozen of the mourners...

  • Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow...

  • A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia. The sanctions imposed so far have not deterred Russia, but uncertainty over their long-term impact has caused economic growth...

  • Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday. "There are reasons to feel good about the direction we are heading," the president told reporters at the White House....

  • Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine. Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian...

  • US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove...

  • Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says US will not take military action

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with new Russian threats in Ukraine, Obama says US will not take military action.

  • Fed Chair Yellen's assets up 8 percent during 2013

    Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's assets rose in value by at least 8 percent during 2013, raising their total to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million, according to her latest financial disclosure released Thursday. Yellen's biggest asset is a trust fund she set up in 1992...



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