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At least 24 hurt as deck collapses in North Carolina during family photo

At least 24 people were hurt when a deck at a beach house in North Carolina collapsed as a vacationing family gathered for a Fourth of July family photo, officials said Sunday.

Five people remained hospitalized Sunday evening, two in critical ...Read More

Business

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'Terminator Genisys' debuts at No. 3, 'Magic Mike: XXL' at No. 4

LOS ANGELES -- Male strippers and the return of the Terminator were not enough to excite moviegoers, who instead flocked to leftovers such as "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" during the Fourth of July weekend.

Warner Bros.' "Magic Mike XXL" and ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Obamacare cash drives health care merger mania

LOS ANGELES--A gusher of Obamacare money is fueling a merger frenzy in U.S. healthcare.

The latest jolt came Thursday when Woodland Hills insurer Health Net Inc. agreed to be bought by Medicaid insurer Centene Corp. for $6.8 billion.

And more ...Read More

Religion

Pope begins trip to South America

QUITO, Ecuador -- Pope Francis began the first of two summertime trips to the Americas on Sunday, a mission to reach and energize some of the hemisphere's poorest, most marginalized--and most Catholic--populations.

Francis, the first pope from ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: How to check status of retirement benefits ...

Q: How can I check the status of a pending application for retirement benefits?

A: If you applied for retirement or disability benefits online, you can check the status of your application at www.socialsecurity.gov by selecting "Benefits" and "...Read More

Women

Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris strikingly similar

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks boosted and complicated by the veneer of ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

Ford to recall 433,000 cars for software update

Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.

The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the ...Read More

Consumer

Mortgage rates hit high for 2015

The average interest rate for a conventional 30-year mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week, its high point for the year.

Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders started the year at 3.87 percent and sank to 3.59 percent in early February. This ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Fennel puts on quite a show in the ground or in food

If there was ever a trap crop for the garden, it has to be fennel. If you are not familiar with the term "trap crop," it is normally one that catches or entices insects, diverting them from the one crop that is making the money. Calling fennel a ...Read More

Parents

Boise couple create app for diagnosing autism

BOISE, Idaho -- Robby Oberleitner was 18 months old when his parents noticed changes in his personality. By age 2, the boy wasn't talking. He would cry and hurt himself.

What happened over the next year would inspire his parents, Ron and Sharon ...Read More

Pets

Talking dogs: Use measures, even medication, to calm dogs during fireworks

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many of us dog owners must begin to prepare for the inevitable: fireworks. The fact that our county and state are even allowing the sale of fireworks to the public during a severe drought is ...Read More

Politics

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Why isn't US tougher on Turkey's hesitance to fight Islamic State?

WASHINGTON -- Last fall, when faced with questions about why NATO partner and regional ally Turkey wasn't pulling its weight in the fight against the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that there was "no discrepancy" between U.S...Read More