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Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as little as $7.25 per hour....

On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward
CHICAGO (AP) -- A lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue....

US: One American released from North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held....

Kansas independent Orman campaigns under the radar
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Greg Orman has had barely a month to introduce himself to Kansas voters since unusual events thrust him into a neck-and-neck competition with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Yet the independent candidate's schedule of public campaign appearances has usually ranged from slim to none....

Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday....

Georgia partisans feud over voter registration
ATLANTA (AP) -- Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms....

New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms....

Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement
Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help....

Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies....

In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- An old political standby - the future of Medicare - is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections....

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