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Private Sector Adds Surprisingly Strong 281,000 Jobs In June, ADP Says

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Private employers added a surprisingly strong 281,000 net new jobs in June, the most since late 2012, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday. The figure was up sharply from 179,000 in May and is a positive sign heading into Thursday’s official jobs report from the Labor Department. Analysts had expected […]

Target Asks Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Stores

MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) — Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores. “This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, […]

Pain, Opioid Use Surprisingly High In Soldiers Returning From War

Pain, Opioid Use Surprisingly High In Soldiers Returning From War

U.S. Army researchers have found that soldiers coming home from war suffer from chronic pain and use prescription opioids at far higher rates than civilians. Experts said the study suggested that, despite the military’s efforts to improve pain management, more needs to be done.

With Highway Fund Running Dry, DOT And Congress Look For Revenue

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to States for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the Federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance. Usually, the department reimburses states for transportation projects upon request. But beginning Aug. 1, the States […]

Border Patrol Agent Who Killed Mexican Teen Can Be Sued, Court Rules

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent can be sued for firing across the border and killing a 15-year-old Mexican boy, a Federal appeals court ruled Monday, a decision with potentially broad consequences for the highly charged issue of law enforcement’s use of deadly force along the border. The decision by a three-judge panel […]

Kentucky’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down, But Weddings Delayed

But don’t expect a rush of weddings in the Bluegrass State. The judge immediately put his decision on hold until the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue, a delay similar to what other judges have done in rulings across the country. “This Court bases its ruling primarily upon the utter lack […]

Ruling On Contraceptives Unlikely To Play Big Role In November Elections

Ruling On Contraceptives Unlikely To Play Big Role In November Elections

Democrats and Republicans eagerly painted Monday’s Supreme Court birth control ruling as a big electoral momentum-builder, but it’s doubtful the decision will have much impact on November’s Congressional races.

GM Compensation Fund Will Pay Millions To Switch-Defect Victims

(MCT) — A special victims-compensation consultant hired by General Motors Co. announced the details of a sweeping program to pay for the deaths and injuries caused by faulty ignition switches in millions of the automaker’s small cars. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he will begin evaluating victims’ claims starting Aug. 1 and will start […]

Pending Home Sales Soar Nationwide In May

(MCT) — Pending home sales surged more than expected in May, the latest sign a sluggish housing recovery is picking up steam. A gauge of signed contracts for previously owned homes jumped 6.1 percent from April, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. It was the largest pop since April 2010. Then, buyers rushed to […]

Supreme Court Says Home Health Workers Cannot Be Force To Pay Union Dues

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the union movement Monday, ruling personal home care employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a union. In a 5-4 ruling written Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the court said these employees, some of whom care for their disabled children at home, have a […]

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