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  • NYC bans big sugary drinks at eateries, theaters

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas …


  • Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program’s financial problems as it …


  • House to pass 6-month spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As its last major act before leaving Washington for the fall campaign, the House is voting to put the government on autopilot for six months. The temporary …


  • Mo. lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers enacted new religious exemptions from insurance coverage of birth control Wednesday, overriding a gubernatorial veto and delivering a political rebuke to an Obama …


  • Gas prices hit $8 in NJ, Pa. in Lukoil protest

    SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania jacked up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they …


  • US poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at a record level last year, while household income dropped and the number of people who don’t have health insurance declined. …


  • McDonald’s new menu item: Calorie counts

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries. The world’s biggest hamburger …


  • Prosecutor: CEO in Iowa fraud case admits to fraud

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa brokerage has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in which he admits to carrying out a $200 million fraud …


  • Judge: US civil trials at risk without budget deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal civil jury trials in the United States probably would grind to a halt if Congress fails to reach a budget deal and $600 billion in automatic …


  • Senate Ag leader urges House action on farm bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Debbie Stabenow is opposing House proposals to extend the current farm policy act and urging House Republican leaders to take up legislation to …


  • IRS pays whistleblower $104 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part …


  • Boehner expresses no confidence on budget deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he’s not confident Congress can reach a budget deal and avoid a downgrading of the U.S. debt rating. Moody’s Investors …


  • US watchdog questions spending for Afghan army

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan says lax accountability in a $1.1 billion program supplying fuel to the Afghan National Army needs “immediate attention” before control …


  • Obama called steaming mad over failed budget deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging he was angry with House Republicans last year when a supposed “grand bargain” budget agreement with House Speaker John Boehner collapsed. Obama …


  • Congress returns for short pre-election session

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returned to Washington on Monday for an abbreviated pre-election session in which it appears likely to do the bare minimum: making sure that the government doesn’t …


  • US watchdog questions spending for Afghan army

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan says lax accountability in a $1.1 billion program supplying fuel to the Afghan National Army needs “immediate attention” before control …


  • Congress returns for short pre-election session

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt …


  • Wary US looks to calm rising tensions in Asia

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Alarmed by a rise in nationalist sentiment around the Asia-Pacific, the Obama administration is looking for Russia to play a greater role in the region as …


  • Obama, Romney plunge into 60-day race to election

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sixty days to the election, President Barack Obama is charging onto the campaign trail pleading for patience from hard-pressed Americans toying with the notion of change, …


  • Schumer: Senate should vote soon on Ryan budget

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the Senate to vote soon on the Ryan budget to put Republicans, including presidential running mates Mitt Romney and Paul …


  • Olive Garden, LongHorn workers sue company

    MIAMI (AP) — Darden Restaurants violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a …


  • NY court weighs if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the …


  • Romney says America worse off now than in 2009

    WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is pointing the country’s $16 trillion debt and the millions of people who rely on food stamps as proof that …


  • NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the …


  • Smooth path seen to renewal of disaster aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some sniping on the presidential campaign trail, negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane …


  • NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will consider legal arguments by a strip club on whether nude dancing is an art and deserves a state tax exemption as …


  • Clinton’s China visit produces no breakthrough

    BEIJING (AP) — Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how …


  • National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of …


  • Peru villagers allege neglect after toxic spill

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than a month after toxic slurry from a major copper mine sickened scores of people in one of Peru’s highland communities, villagers complain that the …


  • Clinton seeks Chinese accord on South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao to press Beijing to agree to peacefully resolve territorial disputes with its …

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