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Job Growth Eases, But Economy Grows

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Washington — The labor market cooled in July, with the economy adding 209,000 net new jobs and the unemployment rate ticking up to 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the economy had another solid month of job growth, topping 200,000 for the sixth straight month. That hasn’t happened since the dot-com boom in 1997. The Labor Department also revised up slightly the job growth figures from May and …

AP Poll: U.S. Citizens Are Ready to Close Book on Two Wars

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Washington — Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the two countries. Americans surveyed in last month’s poll were not optimistic about the chance that a stable democratic government will be established in …

Rep. Eric Cantor to Resign From House Seat

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Richmond, Va. — After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to …

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 …

Video of OKC Bombing Sought

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oklahoma City — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy …