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Stocks Hang on in Face of Disappointing Retail Data

Stock futures have held on to most of their gains despite disappointing retail sales data.


Debt: A Major Threat to a Happy Retirement

Debt is emerging as a serious threat to a successful retirement for many Americans.


Hand Sanitizers Don't Cut School Absences: Study

Putting hand sanitizers in classrooms in the hopes of reducing school absences because of illness may not be worth the expense.


Feds Seek Sentencing Changes for Business Crimes

Defense lawyers hope white-collar criminals could be next in line to benefit from eased penalties for nonviolent crimes, but public sentiment seems set against it.


Siri, I Need to Hide a Body

A man killed his roommate and then asked Siri where to hide the body, a Florida police detective testified.


Study Drops Hints That Dogs Could Get Jealous

Do dogs get jealous? A study by a psychology professor seems to suggest yes.


How to Appeal a Rejected Health Insurance Claim

By staying calm, taking notes and being persistent, you can greatly improve your odds of successfully fighting a health insurer's rejection.


High-speed Trans-Pacific Cable to Link U.S., Asia

Google and five other companies announced plans to lay the world's fastest undersea cable between the U.S. and Japan by the end of 2016.


Police Won't Name Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

A black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to witnesses.


Puerto Rican Migrations to U.S. at Highest Since WWII

The percentage of people born in Puerto Rico now residing in the U.S. stands at 34 percent, with more emigres heading to Florida and elsewhere in the South.


Kurds Carve Out Safe Passage for Stranded Iraqis

While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from the air, the Syrian Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them.


Creditor Wants to Scrap Detroit Debt Plan

A major Detroit creditor on Tuesday objected to the bankrupt city's plan to wipe out or reduce billions of dollars in debt, saying it should be scrapped before a trial scheduled to start next week.


U.S. Budget Deficit Running Well Below 2013

The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years.


Human Rights Watch: Egypt Deaths Were Crimes Against Humanity

A new report by Human Rights Watch alleges that the Egyptian security forces' killings of at least 1,000 protesters at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square sit-in last year in Cairo "most likely amount to crimes against humanity."


Flooding Slows Production at Detroit Automakers

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday.


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