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Meaning of 4 words at center of high court health law fight

By MARK SHERMAN (MIAMI, AP) — The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black…

GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

By ERICA WERNER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within…

Half-million of Wal-Mart’s US workers to get pay raises

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO (BENTONVILLE, Ark., AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer…

Columbia OKs ride-booking regulations, taxi changes

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The Columbia City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft. An Uber representative says the new rules show the city…

Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant in Independence burns to the ground

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — A Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City has burned to the ground. Battalion Chief Mike Ditamore said an employee called firefighters…

Medical examiner to look into death of NY Times’ David Carr

(NEW YORK, AP) — The city medical examiner’s office said Friday that it plans to look into the death of New York Times media columnist David Carr, who collapsed just…

Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER (WASHINGTON, AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America’s 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job…

Michigan automaker to add 900 jobs at Missouri plant

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup. Gov. Jay Nixon says Ford’s decision…

Ford to transition up to 500 workers to higher pay

By DEE-ANN DURBIN (DETROIT, AP) — Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage…

Obama sends record $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget Monday that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans and corporations and eliminate tight federal…