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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2011 file photo, an American flag flies from the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The federal government ran a lower budget deficit in August 2014 than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

It’s not for frugal: Half of the U.S. Senate gets an F in ‘fiscal performance’

- The Washington Times

Alas, almost half of the U.S. Senate has earned an F grade in “fiscal performance” according to the National Taxpayers Union’s 35th annual rating of Congress. Indeed, 45 senators received the rock bottom grade on the scorecard, which analyzes their responses to every single roll call vote affecting federal taxes, spending, debt and significant regulations.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The meeting is to discuss a final rulemaking to implement a quantitative liquidity requirement in the United States as well as a proposed rule on margin requirements for non-cleared swaps of prudentially regulated swap entities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fed cuts back bond-buying again as economy strengthens

- The Washington Times

The Federal Reserve moved another step toward more normal policies on interest rates Wednesday, noting a gradual improvement in the outlook for the economy and cutting back again on its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy.

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Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

- Associated Press

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pct

- Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

DTE Energy dedicates Echo Wind Park

Associated Press

DTE Energy Co. has held a formal opening ceremony for a Michigan wind park after problems with turbine blades delayed its launch.

Navy Secretary: Submarine to be named USS Vermont

Associated Press

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says construction of the nuclear submarine USS Vermont should begin in about a year and construction should be completed before the end of the decade.

Effort saves Gold Mountain Mine mill frame

- Associated Press

In 2007, as the Gold Mountain mill frame four miles northwest of Hill City was decaying, the U.S. Forest Service wanted to tear it down, even though it was the last standing structure of its kind in the Black Hills.

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, participates in a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Nooyi made a double-edged statement Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, on the NFL's problems handing domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is "a man of integrity."  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

PepsiCo boss decries NFL problems, backs Goodell

- Associated Press

PepsiCo Inc.'s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is "a man of integrity."

Former Hastings hospital eyed for prison facility

Associated Press

Renovating a building or construction a new one at the former state psychiatric hospital in Hastings could help Nebraska house and treat up to 240 prison inmates who have issues with mental health or addiction, a state senator said.

US economic rebound slow to reach Philadelphia

- Associated Press

The nation's economic recovery has been slow to reach the Philadelphia metropolitan area and income inequality has widened, hurt in part by an exodus of residents and a continued collapse in mid-wage jobs.

Phoenix police officers escort Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer,  to the 4th Avenue Jail following his arrest, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in Phoenix. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

- Associated Press

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

FILE - In this combination of 2014 file photos are Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, left, and his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, at campaign events in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/AP, Scott Bauer and The Journal Times, Scott Anderson)

Wisconsin job growth ranks 33rd in nation

- Associated Press

Wisconsin ranked 33rd in private-sector job creation for the 12-month period ending in March, based on federal data released Thursday, the last update of its kind before the November election.

Census: 2013 poverty rate falls in New Hampshire

- Associated Press

There were about 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire in 2013 compared to the year before, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Christie nominates Democrat for key cabinet job

- Associated Press

Republican Gov. Chris Christie nominated a Democratic insider to take control of New Jersey's transportation department at a key moment for the future of funding road work.

Bloomberg, Buffett at Detroit small business event

- Associated Press

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire investor Warren Buffett joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday at the graduation of 64 local business owners from Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program.

New formula for funding higher ed discussed

Associated Press

University presidents are meeting with Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education to try to come up with a new formula for funding higher education.

Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures

- Associated Press

The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of "temporary employment disruptions" in the retail sector.

Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials

- Associated Press

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