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** FILE ** President Obama as he speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Aug. 18, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama uses Labor Day holiday to push for higher minimum wage

- The Washington Times

Democrats’ push to raise the nation’s minimum wage has taken a backseat recently to crises in the Middle East and elsewhere, but President Obama on Saturday resumed the effort and accused Republicans of not caring about the standard of living of average Americans.

Burger King employee Brittany Buckhannon, 24, right, demonstrates during a protest for higher wages and worker's unions outside a McDonald's restaurant, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food chain workers protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the U.S. and 33 additional countries on six continents. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Franchises could be next union battleground

- The Washington Times

Business groups say they’re gearing up to defend against what they believe to be the next front in the battle with organized labor: the franchise model used by McDonald’s and other iconic brands.

FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union. So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.  (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

German-style apprenticeships could supply US economy with bevy of skilled workers

- The Washington Times

If adopted widely by U.S. manufacturers and other businesses, apprenticeships have the potential to help solve a critical U.S. problem with high unemployment among youth and workers who got laid off during the recession, backers say. Despite five years of recovery from the Great Recession, many of these hard-to-employ people still can’t find jobs.

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US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

- Associated Press

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was arrested early Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says McDonald was taken into custody after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood.  (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department)

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

Play is suspended as storm clouds roll over the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center because of imminent lighting during the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

- Associated Press

Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

- Associated Press

The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

McAlester couple learns son's fate

- Associated Press

It took an international connection for McAlester residents Kay and Grant Grumbine to learn the fate of their son, who had been missing for 10 years.

Michigan students aid in Lake Superior Initiative

- Associated Press

Students across the Copper Country are headed back to school in the next couple of weeks, and many of them will be just as quickly headed right back outside, where they'll be giving back to their communities and getting some real-world education working on projects sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

- Associated Press

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

Rapid City's new designated driving service a hit

- Associated Press

Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub was starting to empty out late one rainy night as Dion Deutscher and his two friends were wondering how they were going to make it home.

$50M plan aims to revitalize El Dorado

- Associated Press

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy.

Illinois to spend another $102M on high-speed rail

Associated Press

The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.