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Social Security turns 80: Changes needed to save program

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER (WASHINGTON, AP) — As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history. Relatively modest…

Q&A: A look at the science on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea

By CALEB JONES (HONOLULU, AP) — Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, where some Native Hawaiians have been peacefully protesting the construction of what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes,…

Plans announced for 50th anniversary of Gateway Arch

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — October marks the 50th anniversary of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and organizers have announced plans to celebrate the occasion, including a fireworks display and a chance…

Obama hosts first Demo Day to promote entrepreneurship

By STACY A. ANDERSON (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama spent his 54th birthday talking to a robotic teddy bear that teaches children how to manage their diabetes and watching…

Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes national library

By VIVIAN SALAMA (BAGHDAD, AP) — The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of…

From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have…

More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle

By SETH BORENSTEIN (WASHINGTON, AP) — The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet…

Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border

By FELICIA FONSECA (FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., AP) — A geological gem awaits hikers in the wilderness along the Arizona-Utah border. Swirls of searing reds, oranges and yellow fold into a bowl…

Nixon calls for ethics law changes after 2 lawmakers resign

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that state ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the…

Wing fans camp out for restaurant opening

Wing fans camp out for restaurant opening

  Editor’s Note: This version corrects the spelling of Jordan McDaniel in a photo caption. By BRANDON BOWMAN Photo Editor (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Campers started to show up around 1:45…