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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Law Requiring Photo ID to VoteLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County [...]
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Immigration Activists to Obama: Time for Unilateral ActionWASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the [...]
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Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other BorderCLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: They are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that deportations are focused on criminals or recent border crossers without ties to the United States, that [...]
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A Marriage, a Wedding Cake, Religion and a U.S. DebateLAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage. Phillips replied he couldn’t, but that he’d [...]
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Elections 2014: Obama, GOP Vie for Support From WomenWASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health care law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.  No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, White House advisers say, than unmarried women, who [...]
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Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer DemandNEW YORK (AP) — Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said April 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic [...]
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A New America: More Higher- and Lower-Paying JobsWASHINGTON (AP) — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they’re no longer part of [...]
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Obama: ID Requirements Put Voting Rights in JeopardyNEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of Black Americans and other minorities. “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to [...]
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Minnesota Minimum Wage to Increase to $9.50 by 2016  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota workers earning the minimum wage will see yearly raises under a bill given final approval Thursday that pushes the hourly rate to $9.50 by 2016 and enables automatic increases in the future.  The bill gives Minnesota one of the nation’s most generous pay floors after years of being [...]
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