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Mexican Congressman Kidnapped, Killed

Authorities in western Mexico say forensics tests have confirmed that a charred body found in a car is that of a kidnapped federal congressman.


Middle-Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care

There's little doubt that middle-class families are feeling the strain of higher costs from day care to health care.


Group Aims to Legalize Marijuana Use in California

The nation's largest marijuana policy advocacy group said it will begin raising funds for a ballot measure in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana use in California.


Fed in No Rush to Raise Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve met last week in Washington. For the peace of mind of many, the central bank said it will continue doing the same thing it's been doing for some time.


Limits on Overseas Mergers Spark Renewed Debate

The White House's decision to slow attempts by U.S. corporations to dodge taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code.


Federal Prison Population Drops by Nearly 5,000

The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department.


U.N. Asks Leaders to Set Course on Climate Change

Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.


Would You Trade Privacy for Job Security?

Technology is the biggest factor transforming the workplace, as it drives the continued evolution of connectivity and productivity of workers. But to whose benefit?


AvidXchange Plans 394 Jobs for Charlotte

The Charlotte, N.C., City Council approved a tax break Monday night for AvidXchange, a software company that plans to expand and add 394 new jobs in the city over three years.


Israel Shoots Down Syrian Jet Over Golan Heights

The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning the first such downing in decades.


SpaceX Dragon Delivers 3-D Printer

The International Space Station accepted another SpaceX shipment Tuesday, this one containing the first 3-D printer ever launched into orbit.


Prosecutor to Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year.


HCL America Adding 1,200 IT Jobs

Information technology services company HCL America plans to create 1,237 new jobs in Cary, N.C., over the next five years.


Medical Mfg. Jobs Coming to Dayton

Norwood Medical plans to build a 75,000-square-foot facility in north Dayton and create at least 50 middle-class jobs within about two years.


Longtime Unemployed to Get Help in Las Vegas

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said people who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more will be eligible for a five-week program to assess their skills and get help in finding work.


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