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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.

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.

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)

Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

- Associated Press

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

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.

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South Dakota ranchers awarded for conservation

- Associated Press

Both the Butte and Lawrence County Conservation Districts recognized two local ranch owners for their dedication to preserving farmland in the Northern Black Hills through installing up-to-date infrastructure and modifying management practices to conserve natural resources for future generations.

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND OF AUG. 30-31 AND THEREAFTER - In this photo taken on Aug. 20, 2014, Philippe Bourciquot waits in court in Miami. Bourciquot is accused of running a Ponzi scheme targeting his listeners on Haitian radio. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot)  MAGS OUT

Radio Ponzi scheme targeted Haitian Americans

- Associated Press

In the world of Florida's Creole-language talk radio, where hard-working Haitian Americans tune in by the thousands, Philippe Bourciquot pitched the lure of easy money.

New water supply for North Dakota hatchery

- Associated Press

A reliable and secure water supply is vital to the successful operation of the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, but temporary pumps and waterlines have been in use at the federal facility since 2011.

Church lawsuit is latest spat over Lilly bequests

- Associated Press

Back in the early 1950s, as suburban migration was putting many downtown Indianapolis churches in peril, Eli Lilly Jr., grandson of the pharmaceutical firm's founder, made a $1 million gift aimed at securing Christ Church Cathedral's future on Monument Circle.

Big Daddy Kane performs on day one of the Budweiser Made in America Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles

- Associated Press

A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage. Kendrick Lamar shared the spotlight with label-mate Schoolboy Q during his set. Afrojack got the crowd jumping, and Imagine Dragons closed out the evening.

EXCHANGE: group promotes eco-friendly shopping

- Associated Press

Marilyn Carlson came to Angelo's Fresh Market in McHenry to pick up a couple of bell peppers, which she planned to use for dinner later in the evening.

Mail carries rescues choking child in Greer

- Associated Press

Chris Brown had always heard the adage, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ..." but he never thought it would also include saving a choking child.

5 things to know about the 2014 Nebraska elections

Associated Press

With so many open races on the Nebraska ballot, voters have a lot to absorb. Here are five questions to consider about contests for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices:

Adjunct St. Louis faculty exploring unionization

- Associated Press

Nine months out of the year, Andrew Nelson works about 50 hours a week, driving his 1995 Mazda on either 50- or 100-mile round trips every weekday to his college teaching gigs at Lindenwood University in St. Charles and East Central College in Union.

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.  (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

- Associated Press

Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

5 issues to watch in the Iowa's US Senate race

- Associated Press

As election day draws close, where do Iowa's Senate candidates stand on some key policy issues? Here are five things to watch in the close race between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst:

Beyond governor race, big stakes in Illinois vote

- Associated Press

Anyone in Illinois who's turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there's plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot.

Tax forms could pose challenge for

- Associated Press

If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.