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White House: Obama supports spending bill

Posted: 12/11/2014 - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a $1.1 trillion spending bill that has drawn widespread opposition from Democrats over its inclusion of banking and campaign money provisions they dislike.

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Average US 30-year loan rate rises to 3.93 percent

Updated: 12/11/2014 - Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged higher this week after four weeks of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.

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US retail sales climb on holiday shopping

Updated: 12/11/2014 - U.S. retail sales perked up in November with the start of the holiday shopping season, led by online buying and purchases of autos, clothing and electronics.

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McDonald's to trim menu, examine ingredients

Updated: 12/10/2014 - McDonald's is planning to simplify its menu and maybe even the number of ingredients it uses in its food as it fights to hold onto customers.

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Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year

Posted: 12/09/2014 - The Energy Department has again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon.

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Food service firms admit cheating U.S. military

Updated: 12/09/2014 - Two foreign companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan.

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Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

Posted: 12/09/2014 - The Supreme Court says warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

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Protected whooping cranes showing up in Kentucky

Updated: 12/09/2014 - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the federally protected whooping crane has been showing up in Kentucky and warns hunters the species is off-limits.

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Military seeks to help male sex assault victims

Updated: 12/08/2014 - A newly released Pentagon survey says nearly 1 percent of the men in the military have experienced some type of unwanted sexual contact, yet men are less likely to report assaults or seek help than women are.

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High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

Posted: 12/08/2014 - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Marchers at US Capitol protest police killings

Posted: 12/08/2014 - Protesters carrying signs bearing names of black Americans killed by police have marched outside the U.S. Capitol to demand a human rights investigation.

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US unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban

Updated: 12/08/2014 - The Obama administration is issuing guidelines that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics.

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