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  • First lady introduces new class of student poets

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has introduced the newest class of National Student Poets. The five 15- to 18-year-olds will promote the reading, writing and appreciation of poetry during a year of service as literary ambassadors, particularly among young people. Each student read...

  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up 7 points, or 0.4 percent, to...

  • Rite Aid beats Street 2Q forecasts

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Rite Aid Corp. topped analyst expectations for its second quarter, but the drugstore chain's stock tumbled Thursday after it also dropped its fiscal 2015 earnings forecast for the second straight quarter due in part to an expected decrease in pharmacy...

  • Ex-Gov. Milliken backs Democrat Totten for AG

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. William Milliken is backing Democrat Mark Totten for state attorney general, saying the Michigan State University associate law professor's experience makes him "highly qualified" for the office. Milliken says in a Thursday statement...

  • Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pct

    Updated: 4 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year. The world's largest retailer also emphasized that current workers who want more hours during the holidays will...

  • Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

    Updated: 18 min ago

    SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband,...

  • Missouri officer smelled pot before Taser incident

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer who used a stun gun on a 17-year-old during a traffic stop says he smelled marijuana in the vehicle and saw him recording the incident on an iPhone. Bryce Masters has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at a hospital where...

  • Walker not getting involved in suit over ballots

    Updated: 16 min ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he's not getting involved with the lawsuit that two Republican lawmakers filed this week over newly redesigned ballots. Walker told reporters Thursday he'll "leave that up to others." He says his goal is just to make sure as many people vote as...

  • Marijuana ballot dispute before federal court

    Updated: 16 min ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal court is to consider whether it will referee a legal fight over New Mexico's largest county trying to place nonbinding questions over marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen has scheduled a...

  • Final primary results reflect low turnout

    Updated: 16 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Final official results from the Massachusetts primary election show fewer than 20 percent of eligible voters participated. Secretary of State William Galvin said Thursday that about 726,000 voters went to the polls on Sept. 9, with about 566,092 casting ballots in the...

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