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Families Of U.S. Journalists Missing In Syria Filled With Dread

(MCT) — Friends and relatives of Austin Tice, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria two years ago, were preparing to hold a candlelight church vigil for him in Houston on Tuesday when they received shattering news: James Foley, an American journalist whose family had befriended the Tice family, had been killed in Syria by […]

Lobbyists Work To Kill California Bill That Would Outlaw Flimsy Plastic Grocery Bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — Lobbyists have launched a frenzied eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. Last week, the bill seemed in the bag after it cleared […]

Bank Of America To Pay Record $16.65 Billion To Settle Mortgage Claims

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $16.65 billion to end federal and state investigations into the sale of toxic mortgage securities during the subprime housing boom, the largest settlement by a single company in U.S. history, the Justice Department said Thursday. The settlement includes $9.65 billion in fines and $7 […]

Obama Says U.S. Will Be ‘Relentless’ In Pursuing Islamic State

Obama Says U.S. Will Be ‘Relentless’ In Pursuing Islamic State

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — (MCT) A clearly furious President Barack Obama condemned the Islamic militants who claimed responsibility for beheading an American journalist, vowing Wednesday to beat back “this cancer” and showing no sign of constraining the U.S. military intervention in Iraq. As 14 new U.S. airstrikes pounded Islamic State positions, the grisly video and photos […]

Fed Minutes Signal Growing Pressure To Raise Interest Rates Sooner

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Federal Reserve officials at their last policy meeting debated an earlier-than-expected move in raising interest rates, suggesting the central bank may be shifting to a more aggressive stance in light of the recent pick-up in job growth and inflation. Although Fed officials remain divided in their assessment of the labor market, the […]

LA Settles Police Shooting Case For $5 Million

LA Settles Police Shooting Case For $5 Million

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guard veteran killed on live television in a barrage of gunfire at the end of a wild pursuit last year in downtown L.A. The proposed payout is the largest settlement the city […]

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

National Education Poll Shows Opposition To Standards, Support For Charters

(MCT) — Results of a national poll released Wednesday show that many Americans are opposed to the newly implemented Common Core standards. Similarly, the 46th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues, showed strong support for charter schools, even though many people surveyed had misconceptions about how […]

Fired Nuclear Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement Order

(MCT) — The U.S. Labor Department ordered the reinstatement of an environmental specialist at the former nuclear weapons complex at Hanford, Wash., saying she had been wrongfully fired. Shelly Doss, an employee of Washington River Protection Solutions, was fired in October 2011 after she had reported federal and state environmental violations at a cleanup site […]

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

Wasserman Schultz Visits Hobby Lobby Store — To Urge A Boycott

DAVIE, Fla. (MCT) — Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped at a Hobby Lobby store in her district on Wednesday — not to pick up some craft supplies for one of her kids’ school projects, but to alert people to the store’s existence and urge people not […]

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

Contraception, Abstinence Push U.S. Teen Birthrates To Historic Lows

(MCT) — The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex. Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 277,749 […]

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