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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 …

Trustees: Medicare Finances Improve

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected …

House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some Families

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — 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 …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disability Claim System Faulty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baltimore — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn’t working after six years, according to a newly released report. An independent analysis commissioned by the agency found that the project …

Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

Monday, July 28, 2014

Xixi, Taiwan — Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors …

Ukraine, Russia Trade Accusations

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine —Russia and Ukraine on Friday traded accusations of cross-border shelling amid rising tensions that threaten to escalate the conflict even further just as Ukrainian forces are making significant advances and forcing separatists to retreat. The situation at the border is growing increasingly volatile, with what U.S. …

Obama Meets With Central American Leaders

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — President Obama pushed the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Friday to find ways to keep their country’s children from fleeing here illegally and creating a crisis on the southern border. Obama invited the presidents of the three Central American nations to the White …

Gaza Conflict To ‘Pause’ For 12 Hours

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jerusalem —Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank on Friday, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered while Gaza residents awaited a possible lull in fighting. In Cairo, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that his efforts …

Experts: U.S. Policy Set Stage

Monday, July 28, 2014

Violence, poverty, unemployment and Obama’s immigration policy have all been blamed for the massive arrival of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S. southern border. Some immigration experts and advocates suggest another factor: U.S. policies of the …

Report Finds Huge Increase In Border Kids

Monday, July 28, 2014

Houston — Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year’s total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117 percent increase in apprehensions among …