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Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

Posted: 09/01/2014 - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

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Police: Utah suspect swallows stolen ring

Posted: 08/31/2014 - Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it.

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Payday lenders to face stronger scrutiny

Posted: 08/31/2014 - Payday lenders in Kentucky are coming under increasing restrictions because of a pair of laws passed by the state and federal governments at the start of the decade.

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Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

Posted: 08/30/2014 - Authorities say the owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts.

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St. Louis officer retires amid inquiry into video

Posted: 08/30/2014 - Police say a suspended St. Louis County officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has retired amid a review of 2012 video in which the officer calls himself "a killer" and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.

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Mother of boy who brought gun to school sentenced

Posted: 08/30/2014 - The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars.

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Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise

Posted: 08/30/2014 - On this Labor Day weekend, ponder the latest federal data: About 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year — and only 2.6 percent were women.

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Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

Updated: 08/30/2014 - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

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Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Posted: 08/29/2014 - A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.

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Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

Updated: 08/29/2014 - The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday.

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Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates

Updated: 08/29/2014 - A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing to the country the first confirmed case of the dreaded disease that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

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Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

Posted: 08/28/2014 - The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

Posted: 08/28/2014 - An Oklahoma death row inmate who died following a problematic execution succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.

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Russian columns enter Ukraine; leader urges calm

Posted: 08/28/2014 - Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

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