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FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Rep. Dave Camp , R-Mich., at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday, July 25 in the House. "It is time we make some simple improvements to the child tax credit, so it keeps up with the cost of raising children," said Camp. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House votes to boost child tax credit for wealthy but poor will lose

Friday, July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire. The bill would … 0

Grocery workers revolt in favor of ousted CEO

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. A workers’ revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry … 0

US: Russia is firing across border

Friday, July 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border … 0

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care … 0

Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that “an isolated mishap” during an execution does not violate the … 0

Was inmate in pain?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor’s office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. They discussed … 0

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont. — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master’s degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him … 0

School in Gaza hit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the … 0

Plumbing ancient depths

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet … 0

Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit. The lawsuit, filed in state court on Tuesday, says Johnny … 0

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the … 0

Refugees or not?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The … 0

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, … 0