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Report: Food labels need Energy Star-like ratings

Washington ? Just as that Energy Star tag helps you choose your appliances, a new report says a rating symbol on the front of every soup can, cereal box and yogurt container could help hurried shoppers go home with the healthiest foods.Thursday’s report urges the Food and Drug Administration ...

Family grieves after Brazilian boy’s remains found in Missouri River

Omaha, Neb. ? When a Brazilian missionary family who came to work in the United States first vanished, family members thought they had gone on a spiritual retreat. But as months passed and no one heard from Vanderlei and Jacqueline Szczepanik and their 7-year-old son, they began to fear the ...

Occupy Wall Street becomes tourist stop

New York ? Some women from Kansas were taking in as much of New York City as they could Wednesday. They hopped on a subway, watched the construction at the World Trade Center site and visited lower Manhattan’s newest tourist destination: the park where Occupy Wall Street protesters have ...

Desperate retailers offer deals to snag shoppers

New York ? Retailers are so desperate this holiday season that they’re willing to lose money to get you to spend yours.Take online jeweler Stauer. It’s offering a $249 amethyst necklace for free — provided customers pay the $24.95 it costs to ship it. Stauer will lose money on the deal, ...

Lions, tigers shot in Ohio after being set loose

Zanesville, Ohio ? Sheriff’s deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals — including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions — in a big-game hunt across the state’s countryside Wednesday after the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what may have been one ...

Indicted Kansas City bishop plans to continue leading diocese

Kansas City, Mo. ? Calls for Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn to resign started even before last week, when he became the highest-ranking church leader in the sex abuse scandal criminally charged with sheltering an accused priest.The bishop of Kansas City, Mo., had acknowledged in May that he ...

Republican primary contest is getting nasty, personal

Las Vegas ? Talk about nasty.The bitter, face-to-face sniping at this week’s Republican debate was just a prelude to the coming weeks as Mitt Romney’s rivals seek to tear him down before the leadoff Iowa caucuses.Increasingly on the defensive, Romney is being hammered on old issues — like ...

Poll: Public unsettled on Obama challenger

Washington ? Americans have yet to find a Republican they’d clearly prefer over President Barack Obama, although half say the president does not deserve re-election.Among Republicans, the desire to oust Obama is clear, according to a new AP-GfK poll. But it has not resolved divisions over the ...

Police find four disabled people in Philadelphia basement; investigation of theft scheme begins

Philadelphia ? The landlord of the apartment building at first thought a circuit breaker had tripped when he went to the basement Saturday and found all the lights were out. Then he realized all six bulbs had been removed, and he heard dogs barking inside a boiler room, its door chained shut.He ...

Citigroup earnings rise 74 percent, to $3.8 billion

New York ? Citigroup Inc.’s earnings rose 74 percent in the third quarter as more of its customers paid their bills on time, leading to lower losses from loans. An accounting gain also boosted income.It was the seventh straight quarter of income growth for Citi, the nation’s third-largest ...

Mo. National Guard to help in search for missing baby

Kansas City, Mo. ? Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sending members of the National Guard to Kansas City to help search for a missing baby.Nixon said Saturday that 25 members of a guard police company will help look for Lisa Irwin, who was 10 months old when she was reported missing Oct. 4. Her ...

Can protests last without leaders?

New York ? They were out to change the world, overthrow the establishment and liberate the poor. But first somebody would have to do something about those bongo drums.At the Occupy Wall Street protest camp in Manhattan, protesters agonized over what to do about drum players who had turned part ...

Mexico’s newest export to U.S. might be water

San Diego, Calif. ? Mexico ships televisions, cars, sugar and medical equipment to the United States. Soon, it might be sending water north.Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill drinking glasses, flush toilets and sprinkle lawns, as four major U.S. water districts ...

Mitt Romney’s rise challenges tea party’s clout in GOP

Washington, D.C ? Mitt Romney’s early success in the Republican presidential race is challenging the tea party’s clout. Will it continue to pull the GOP sharply right? Will it slowly fade? Or merge with mainstream Republican elements in a nod to pragmatism, something it’s hardly known ...

Bishop accused of not telling police about child porn

Kansas City, Mo. ? Kansas City’s Catholic bishop has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest’s ...

Cain’s surge has campaign struggling to organize

Atlanta ? Reveling in the national spotlight, Herman Cain is pledging to bolster his fledgling White House campaign.He’ll need to — and quickly — if he has any hope of winning the Republican nomination. The unlikely presidential contender has little campaign organization in Iowa, New ...

Hedge fund exec gets 11 years for insider trading

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund billionaire at the center of the biggest insider-trading case in U.S. history, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years behind bars — the stiffest punishment ever handed out for the crime.“His crimes and the scope of his crimes reflect a virus in our business ...

Experts offer advice to those worried about vitamin safety

Two studies this week raised gnawing worries about the safety of vitamin supplements and a host of questions. Should anyone be taking them? Which ones are most risky? And if you do take them, how can you pick the safest ones?Vitamins have long had a “health halo.” Many people think ...

Hispanics skip work to protest immigration law

Albertville, Ala. ? Along Main Street in this small Alabama town, the Mexican restaurant was closed, lights were out at a Hispanic-owned grocery store and even a bank catering to Spanish speakers was dark. Nearby, the usual hum of a chicken processing plant was silent.Businesses dependent on ...