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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 …

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 …

U.S. Says Satellite Photos Show Russia Shelling Into Ukraine

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Satellite photos show that Russia has shelled across the border into Ukraine, the Obama administration said, as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said signs of heavy fighting prevented investigators from reaching the crash site of Malaysian Air Flight 17. “Russian forces have fired across the …

Beware of ‘ObamaCare’ Auto Renewal

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by …

Iraq’s Maliki Could Be Forced Out Soon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baghdad — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s days at the helm of his country appear to be numbered after his own party seemed resigned to finding another candidate for the post, releasing a statement urging politicians not to “cling” to their positions. Shiite politicians were meeting Sunday night …

Trial in Salmonella Deaths to Start in Georgia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlanta — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia. A federal indictment unsealed in February …

NASA: Solar Storm Barely Missed Earth

Monday, July 28, 2014

Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report. “I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” physicist Daniel Baker …

Casinos Not Gold For Atlantic City

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlantic City, N.J. — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn’t look pretty. …

Effectiveness of Whooping Cough Vaccine is Studied in Vt.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Montpelier — Scientists and public health officials are studying a Vermont whooping cough epidemic to determine if the current vaccine is less effective against a new strain sweeping the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Health Department are examining the records of 854 …

Lawmakers Have Tentative Deal on VA Fixes

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal today. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who lead the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs …

Ebola Kills Liberian Doctor, Two Americans Also Infected

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak …