US stocks drop; Wal-Mart slumps on weak guidance
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US stocks drop; Wal-Mart slumps on weak guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors assessed the latest earnings reports. Wal-Mart fell sharply after the company said that sales would be “relatively flat” this year because of currency fluctuations. JPMorgan Chase led financial stocks lower as its earnings fell short of analysts’ expectations. Industrial stocks fell as … Continue reading

Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased
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Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders said his campaign raised more than $1.3 million in the hours after the first Democratic debate of the 2016 race, and social media metrics showed he was the most-searched candidate on Google and most-discussed on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s backers celebrated the day after what some said … Continue reading

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open
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No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won’t be yet another shutdown showdown in December. Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders pass the measure by 277-151 — a lopsided vote shrouding … Continue reading

Long-term budget talks ahead for Obama, Republican lawmakers
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Long-term budget talks ahead for Obama, Republican lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Barack Obama on a long-term budget pact. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he and House Speaker John Boehner spoke with Obama recently and that he expects talks to get … Continue reading

House Republicans advance bill to undo health law
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House Republicans advance bill to undo health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law that could actually reach the president’s desk. The House GOP has voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of the health law. Almost all the bills died in the Senate. But this time, Republicans are using a … Continue reading

Senate set to act on stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown
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Senate set to act on stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to advance legislation to prevent the government from shutting down after a midnight Wednesday deadline, but a wrinkle remains. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to strip the measure of a provision that would cancel federal funding of Planned Parenthood. McConnell’s move has rankled conservatives such as … Continue reading

New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers
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New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration formally approved the proposal Thursday, and the Democratic governor announced the decision at a labor rally with Vice President … Continue reading

Obama observes Labor Day, extends contractors’ paid leave
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Obama observes Labor Day, extends contractors’ paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing solidarity with workers on Labor Day, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Monday requiring paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors, including 300,000 who currently receive none. The White House wouldn’t specify the cost to federal contractors to implement the executive order, which Obama was to address at … Continue reading

Clinton, aides stressed protecting State Dept. info in email
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Clinton, aides stressed protecting State Dept. info in email

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides at the State Department were acutely aware of — and occasionally frustrated by — the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other correspondence. One example came in a February 2010 message, when an aide noted a draft of innocuous remarks … Continue reading

State Dept. to release 7,000 pages of emails, 150 censored
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State Dept. to release 7,000 pages of emails, 150 censored

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department will release roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified. Department officials said the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and not identified as … Continue reading

Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case
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Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group that challenged a key birth control provision of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul. March for Life sued the Obama administration last year over a requirement that health insurers cover the cost of contraceptive services. The organization said the requirement violated its … Continue reading