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Texas raids fund for poor to keep taxes low

Texas utility customers pay a little extra on their bills that is supposed to go into a fund to help the poor cover their own utility payments. But in a year of record heat, less than half the fund is being paid out, forcing people to do without air conditioning…

Texas raids fund for poor to keep taxes low

Texas utility customers pay a little extra on their bills that is supposed to go into a fund to help the poor cover their own utility payments. But in a year of record heat, less than half the fund is being paid out, forcing people to do without air conditioning…

Retail sales gain while consumer confidence plunges

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment worsened sharply in early August, falling to the lowest level in more than three decades, after retail sales posted the biggest gain in four months in July. High unemployment, stagnant wages, gridlock in Congress, and a stock market slump all contributed to a…

Man arrested for indecency with doll near elementary school

A man in Spring Hill, Tennessee was arrested this week after officers say they found him under a bridge near Allendale Elementary School, committing a lewd act on a two-foot-tall baby doll he’d cut holes into. They were called out to the area after people driving to the school spotted…

Bull escapes slaughterhouse, runs through New York streets

Someone turned the bull loose, but this time it’s not on Wall Street. In one of the stranger tales this week, a bull apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, New York and sent workers on a mad scramble through the city’s streets, finally being caught nearly an hour later…

Appeals court rules part of Obama’s health care law unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House. The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring…

Conservative policy group discovered violating Minnesota lobbying law

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a state legislative group based in D.C., rebuked a recommendation that they should register as lobbyists in Minnesota, The Minnesota Independent reported. “We’re not lobbyists because we don’t lobby, none of our staff are registered lobbyists,” ALEC spokesman Raegan Weber told the Indpendent. “We take…

Top Obama aide fires preemptive broadside at Perry

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s top reelection strategist charged Friday that Republican White House hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry had “very little to do” with his state’s economic success. “There’s a specific reason that Texas has done so well, and that’s because the oil industry has done so…

Bachmann tries to explain comments about being ‘submissive’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) faced a tough question Thursday night during the first Republican presidential debates: Why did she say she’s a “submissive” wife? And would she “submit” to her husband, even as President of the United States? “It means respect,” she said. “I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful,…

U.S. serial killer gets death penalty

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A serial killer who kept the decomposing bodies of 11 women in his Ohio home and yard for more than two years was sentenced to the death penalty Friday. Judge Dick Ambrose accepted the jury’s recommendation and ruled that Anthony Sowell’s troubled childhood and mental health issues…

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