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Julie Wilkins helps her grandson Griffin Brady, 3, put a box of crayons in a shopping cart while shopping for school supplies with their family at a Target store in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday on school supplies is from August 1-3.  (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brandon Dill)

Shop Smart for Back-to-School Supplies

Friday, August 1, 2014

Anyone who has been to their local Target or Wal-Mart lately knows that back-to-school shopping season has begun. Just as with the holiday shopping season, the $75 billion industry that is back-to-school and college has crept up on the calendar. Promotions from some retailers were announced before Independence Day. According to a National Retail Federation survey, 23 percent of consumers …

Giraffe Dies After Head Hits Bridge transport, dies

Friday, August 1, 2014

A giraffe in South Africa has died after cracking its head on a bridge as it was being transported in an open vehicle down a freeway. As anger spread on Twitter, local media quoted the owner as saying the animal had craned its neck. Witness Thinus Botha, of Pretoria, talked to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday morning. The engineer, 32, had been …

U.S. Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July’s Gains

Friday, August 1, 2014

New York — For investors, there were few havens on Thursday. The stock market had its worst one-day drop since February, driven down by a confluence of worries, from weak company earnings to the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve. But it wasn’t just stocks that suffered; oil fell to its lowest level since March, gold dropped and even Treasury notes …

Poll: Immigration Concerns Rise

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mcallen, Texas — For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most …

As Fighting Intensifies, Israelis Embrace Gaza War

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jerusalem — The airwaves are filled with images of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip. President Obama is pressing for an immediate cease-fire. More than 50 Israeli soldiers have been killed. But at home, Prime Minister Benjamin …

EU, U.S. Levy New Sanctions With ‘Even Bigger Bite’ On Russia

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

London — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings to impose a wave of tough new economic sanctions on Russia, including an arms embargo and limits on access to European capital markets for Russian state-owned banks. …

West Bank Palestinians, Israeli Arabs Coalescing

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ramallah, West Bank — Three weeks into Israel’s bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs are beginning to display the kind of fury and cohesion that Israel hasn’t seen since the so-called second …

Judge Rules Against D.C. Ban on Guns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law …

Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been increasingly targeting lower-income customers. The deal makes Dollar Tree the …

‘What Is Coming Will Be Worse’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of …

New Fears Rise Over Spread of Ebola

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived …

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NYC Shootout Leaves Suspect Dead, 3 Officers Wounded New York (ap) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke …

Negotiators Unveil Deal To Fix VA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem. The deal ends weeks …