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U.S. factory orders plunged in August

Washington - Factory orders, a traditional catalyst for economic growth, plunged in August to the lowest level ever recorded. The fundamental drop in factory production was led by a steep decline in orders for U.S. manufactured commercial aircraft.

In US war on IS, what would victory look like?

Washington - The United States has yet to explain exactly what victory might look like in its war against the Islamic State group, but it is becoming clear that success will depend heavily on political events in Syria and Iraq that are beyond its control, experts s...

California bans use of plastic bags by grocery stores

Sacramento - California became the first state to outlaw single-use plastic bags Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed an industry-opposed bill to phase out the ubiquitous sacks within two years.

Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder campaigning on support of Obamacare

East Lansing - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is touting the fact that 63,000 more low-income adults have signed onto the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion program than had previously been projected. Snyder is a Republican and running for reelection on Nov. 4.

Ebola virus in the U.S. and contact tracing technology

Dallas - Contact tracing allows epidemiologists and others fighting the spread of dangerous diseases like the Ebola virus.Technological tools in surveillance and molecular diagnostics, information and communications, and geoinformatics make this tough job easier.

NASA to collaborate with India's space agency on Mars exploration

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, announced Tuesday that they have signed agreements to consider areas of possible collaboration in Mars exploration and to launch a NASA-ISRO Earth-observing satellite mission.

US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

Dallas - US health officials scoured the Dallas area Wednesday for people -- including schoolchildren -- who came in contact with a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

Op-Ed: The government wants your phone's data

The science of encryption has come a long way and the government wants secret access that they know also give hackers the upper hand.

Board votes on Drug Rehab Center in Glen Rose, Texas

The City of Glen Rose, Texas has taken the next step in getting a new drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission passed a special-use permit to allow Awakenings on the River to create the rehab center,

Ancient textile art pieces returned to Peru from Sweden

Lima - Peru's National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History will display until October 12 a priceless mantle recovered from Gothenburg, Sweden. This textile piece ascribed to the Paracas culture is almost 2,000 years old and is in perfect condition.

US Secret Service chief quits over security breaches

Washington - The US Secret Service director resigned Wednesday, paying the price for a string of security lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an armed intruder ran into the White House.

US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

Dallas - US health officials scoured the Dallas area Wednesday for people -- including schoolchildren -- who came in contact with a Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

Op-Ed: Safety of First Family a national embarrassment

Regardless of your politics, the safety of our nation's president and the First Family should be, without question, the paramount duty of our Secret Service. Since 2009, the agency has been hit with a continuing escalation of breeches and mishaps.

Differences over Iran, settlements mar Netanyahu-Obama talks

Washington - US anger at new Israeli settlements and Israel's skepticism over American nuclear diplomacy with Iran stirred new discord Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they met for White House talks.

Michelle Obama calls for gender equality in education

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, spoke out about the inequalities that women and girls must face while giving the keynote speech at a global forum on education.

Op-Ed: Five questions for the NBA's Eastern Conference

With the 2014-15 NBA season set to start at the end of the month, it's time to ask five questions for the Eastern Conference.

Ben Affleck admits to counting cards

Las Vegas - Movie star and avid card player Ben Affleck has opened up about his rumored ejection from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last spring.

U.S. campaign against Islamic State to likely reach $1 billion

A recent report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, based in Washington D.C., says the campaign against the Islamic State is going likely cost the United States at least $1 billion.

Foster Farms intruder kills 920 chickens with golf club

Caruthers - On September 20, an intruder killed more than 900 birds with a golf club at a Foster Farms chicken shed in Fresno County, California.

Spying app creator arrested

Hammad Akbar, 31, the CEO of a mobile spyware maker, was arrested over the weekend. He is being accused of illegally marketing an app that monitors mobile phone activity.
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