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AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka praised the National Labor Relations Board's sweeping new rules approved Wednesday that make it easier for unions to gain members at companies that have long rebuffed them. (Associated Press)

Unions distance themselves from Obama economic record

- The Washington Times

The country’s largest labor union won’t endorse any Democrat who has the same economic team as President Obama and won’t be getting behind Hillary Rodham Clinton early in the 2016 presidential race, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday.

President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, but more financial pain lies ahead. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fore: Federal deficit to drop this year, but financial pain to skyrocket in future

- The Washington Times

President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, reflecting slow but steady progress he and Congress have made on cutting annual spending. But the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the long-term problems remain with entitlements such as Social Security and the major health care programs, which will send deficits soaring back toward $1 trillion within a decade.

Canada's iconic coffee chain, Tim Hortons, and Miami-based Burger King say they will join forces but will operate as independent brands to form the world's third-largest quick-service restaurant company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

For Democrats, Burger King now public enemy No. 1

- The Washington Times

Burger King’s $11 billion acquisition of a Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts chain has fired up Senate Democrats and led to calls for a boycott, but the iconic fast-food joint hit back Tuesday as it finalized the deal.

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College students urged to protect identity

Associated Press

Wisconsin consumer protection officials are advising college students to be especially vigilant about protecting their private identity information.

Indiana county makes progress repairing roads

Associated Press

A southwestern Indiana county commissioner says road crews have made good progress this summer repairing roads damaged by last winter's brutal cold and snow.

FILE -This Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. The Giant African Snail eats buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Department of Agriculture is trying to stop them. Since June, USDA has seized more than 1,200 of the large snails, also known as Giant African Land Snails, all of them traced back to one person in Georgia who was illegally selling them. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

- Associated Press

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

- Associated Press

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives.

Indiana seeks input for specialty foods survey

Associated Press

State officials have launched an online survey that's part of a push to find ways to meet growing consumer demand for specialty crops like locally grown fruit and nuts.

Judge to hear health advocacy groups' lawsuit

Associated Press

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law.

China military shows off newest helicopters, tanks

Associated Press

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north.

McComb seeks to annex 109 acres

Associated Press

The city of McComb is moving to annex 109 acres east of Interstate 55 at the soon-to-be location of an oil worker housing facility and a new industrial park.

In this photo from Aug. 14, 2014, John Wirtz, Chief Product Officer of Hudl, speaks of his company's product in Lincoln, Neb. Hudl is a software company that has developed a way to immediately get game film to coaches after games and break down and separate different plays by type. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

- Associated Press

Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone.

Bell's Upper Hand Brewery to start production

- Associated Press

The new Upper Hand Brewery, recently constructed in Escanaba, is looking to start making beer next month, according to the president of Bell's Brewery Inc.

Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, pauses for photos after an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling negotiated a landmark deal for $2 billion to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

- Associated Press

When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced NBA team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in before long she wound up convincing him that the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.