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PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborh…...
5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regard…...
Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "g…...
Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high
NEW YORK (AP) — The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenu…...
Aegion reports lower 2Q profit
Adjusted earnings of 34 cents a share were just under analyst expectations of 34.7 cents....

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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan visits Slackers in O'Fallon to sign autographs


WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan visits Slackers in O'Fallon today to sign autographs before his big night at the Scott Trade Center in downtown St. Louis. Monday Night Raw will be filmed live.

Immigration bill to give Dems White House grip
NEW YORK – Are centrist Republican senators supporting passage of comprehensive immigration-reform legislation playing the role of unwitting dupes in a Democratic Party plan to control the White House with a tidal wave of Hispanic immigration?

The question is being asked increasingly by conservative Republicans as S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, backed by Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio, gets ready to fol

House to try again to pass 3 emergency funding bills amid government slimdown

(Fox News) The House of Representatives will make another attempt Wednesday to pass three emergency funding bills after each failed to obtain the required two-thirds majority Tuesday.

The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to consider the three measures backed by House Republicans, which are aimed at reopening parks and monuments, continuing veterans’ benefits and allowing the municipal government of the District of Columbia to function.



Dems, GOP trade blame for shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt."

Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs, and embarked on a strategy — opposed by Democrats — of voting on bills to reopen individual agencies or programs.

Troops could still lose special pay during shutdown
(Politico) The Defense Department scrambled Tuesday to resolve a slew of unanswered questions after the government shutdown, some of them raised by the last-ditch legislation to pay the troops.

Pentagon officials did not know what they could and couldn’t do about key bottom-line issues for troops, military civilians and contractors, particularly after President Barack Obama signed a bill late Monday that authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to pay the uniformed military during the s

U.S. banks already can take your money

(WND) WASHINGTON – Banks “too big to fail,” or TBTFs, already have authority in the United States to impose an unlimited Cyprus-style “bail-in” that confiscates the savings of depositors, stockholders and shareholders in lieu of a federal taxpayer bailout.

The Cyprus-style bail-in for banks occurred last year when the Cypriot government decided to take all uninsured deposits above 100,000 euros to apply to recapitalizing the island’s failing banks. WND re


Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria

Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people.

Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside the United States, as military commanders finalise a list of potential targets. 


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How to ease your child's back-to-school anxiety

Many children really look forward to the first day of school, but some dread it. Whether your child is starting kindergarten or high school, they may be feeling anxious and overwhelmed about school. Follow these tips to help your child cope with back-to-school anxiety.


Step 1: Lead by example

Be a good model for your anxious child by reducing your own stress. Though you might be worried about your kid starting school, you shouldn't transfer additional concern to him/her. I


Realities Force President to Scale Back Vision for Obamacare

Six years ago, presidential candidate Barack Obama stood before Iowa voters and introduced a plan designed to extend healthcare to all Americans.

"We can do this," he said with confidence. "The time has come for universal, affordable healthcare in America."

Three years ago, President Obama signed into law a plan designed to extend coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.

28 Injured in California Fireworks Disaster
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — More than two dozen people were injured when a wood platform holding live fireworks tipped over, sending the pyrotechnics into a crowd at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles, authorities said Friday.

Between 8,000 and 10,000 revelers were settling into their seats for the fireworks extravaganza at a Simi Valley park Thursday night when the spectacle of lights that were supposed to be launched in the sky never took off. A bright plume of red and...

US image in world slips as conflicts deflate Obama euphoria

(NBCNews) Even with President Barack Obama fresh off a trip to Africa and headed in late summer for a trip to Russia, people outside the United States take a less favorable view of America than they did right after he became president.

Surveys from different parts of the world show the initial goodwill toward the U.S. from the international community after Obama assumed office has waned and recent headlines point to some reasons why -- Revelations of U.S. international surveillance, the man


U.S. Unemployment Rate Unchanged in June

U.S. employers added 195,000 jobs in June, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Private sector jobs increased 202,000.

The U-6 unemployment rate, considered to be a broader measure of the actual unemployment situation in the U.S., jumped from 13.8 percent to 14.3 percent.

U.S. explodes with 100 anti-NSA protests

Americans outraged by the federal government’s spying programs took to the streets on Independence Day for “Restore the Fourth” protests in an estimated 100 American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Memphis and Miami, plus international cities such as London and Munich.

The “Restore the Fourth” national protest was named after the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans against “unreasonab


Sen. John Morse recall: Petitions found valid, opponents head to court
Petitions to recall Senate President John Morse are in compliance with the state constitution, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert announced Wednesday in a significant ruling that advances an effort to oust the state lawmaker from office.

Attorneys for a supporter of Morse, an El Paso County Democrat faced with a recall for his leadership on tougher Colorado gun laws, had sought to nullify more than 10,100 petition signatures in a legal protest to the Secretary of State's office. Staier

Bolivia's Leader Threatens to Close US Embassy
Bolivia's president threatened Thursday to close the U.S. embassy as leftist Latin American leaders joined him in blasting Europe and the United States after his plane was rerouted amid suspicions U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard.

President Evo Morales, who has suggested the United States pressured European nations to deny him their airspace, warned he would "study, if necessary, closing the US embassy in Bolivia."

Islamist Gunmen Stage Multiple Attacks in Egypt's Sinai
CAIRO — Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula early on Friday, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, security sources and state television reported.

The security sources said a soldier was killed and two were wounded when a police station in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip came under rocket fire. The police post is close to the local headquarters of military intelligence.