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Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help

- Associated Press

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Atlantic City’s Revel starts closing after 2 years

- Associated Press

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

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2013, file photo, dressed in costume, Kelva Joseph makes her way along Eastern Parkway in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the West Indian Day Parade. The annual parade is set for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Shootings reported by NYC West Indian parade route

Associated Press

Hours before the West Indian Day Parade stepped off Monday, police reported multiple shootings - one of them deadly - near the route for the political see-and-be-seen event, which has been scarred by violence in recent years.

Armed: During one of the establishment's Second Amendment Wednesdays, Naomi Leydig dines with an openly displayed firearm at The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virigina, with her two sons, Jaden and Jeremy. (photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Business is booming for gun-friendly companies

- The Washington Times

The owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country this April, which allowed firearms into the state’s bars and restaurants.

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.

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Obamacare advocates target Hispanics in enrollment push

- The Washington Times

A map in Angela Franco's office highlights the D.C. streets most likely to have Hispanic business owners, and it serves as a blueprint for foot soldiers who have been pounding the pavement to get people covered through the city's Obamacare exchange.

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.

In his Labor Day speech, President Obama tried to boost his administration's standing with the labor movement after a series of high-profile clashes. Most recently, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took aim at Mr. Obama's economic team, saying not enough progress has been made on behalf of the working class. (Associated Press)

Obama tries to bolster union support on Labor Day

- The Washington Times

After riling unions on everything from Obamacare to the Keystone XL oil pipeline to a stagnated economy, a passionate President Obama on Monday sought to rally organized labor and energize the key Democratic constituency ahead of the November congressional elections.

Thom Tillis

Hagan, Tillis ready for first debate in North Carolina Senate race

- The Washington Times

North Carolina voters already have seen plenty of Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis on TV, mostly in grainy video clips or freeze-frame photos that make them look either angry or foolish, as a barrage of attack ads muddy the airways in the state's hard-fought U.S. Senate contest.

UNION SHOP: Volkswagen wants to implement labor policies, which have made Germany an economic powerhouse, at U.S. plants. (associated press)

Volkswagen tries to bring Germany's worker-friendly policies to U.S.

- The Washington Times

German manufacturers are trying to bring worker-friendly policies, which have helped make Germany into an export powerhouse and could help the U.S. solve its youth joblessness problem, to their U.S. operations, but so far few American businesses have seized on the tips they are offering.

FILE - This July 28, 2014, file photo shows California Governor Jerry Brown as he speaks during a joint press conference with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade in Mexico City. Becoming a governor can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle. Once it’s gotten, keeping the power tends to be easier. Incumbents are tough to beat, particularly when the economy is on the upswing. That’s the case this year when 36 states pick governors. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

California Gov. Jerry Brown appeals teacher tenure ruling

- Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or raise the standards for obtaining them.