Obama, at Walmart, touts efficiency; angers labor

President Barack Obama is showcasing Wal-Mart, often a target of labor groups and other Democratic constituencies, to promote advances in energy efficiency in his broader campaign to confront climate change.

Baby names: Noah ends Jacob’s 14-year run at top

Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob’s 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year.

Nationwide audit ordered for Veterans Affairs facilities

A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena records relating to a waiting list at the Phoenix veterans hospital, and officials said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had ordered a nationwide audit of access to care that the agency provides.

Study: Most elderly drivers are on prescription drugs

The report titled Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors, revealed that 90 percent of older drivers also use prescription drugs with two-thirds taking multiple medications.

Burger King offers burgers for breakfast

The Miami-based chain says its “Burgers at Breakfast” menu includes its Whoppers, Cheeseburgers and Big King sandwiches, as well as its Original Chicken Sandwich, french fries and apple pie.

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Muslim world scholars condemn Nigeria kidnapping

Top religious scholars working under the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said Thursday they strongly condemn the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls, calling for their immediate release.

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Elections not stopping Obama pollution rules

Within weeks, President Barack Obama’s administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states.

House set to approve new Benghazi investigation

House Republicans are set to begin a special investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, raising the stakes in a political battle with the Obama administration as the midterm election season heats up.

Poll: US split on legal pot, against online bets

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll finds that 50 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana use, while 27 percent support legalizing Internet gambling in the 47 states that don’t allow it.

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HHS nominee wins GOP praise

Sylvia Mathews Burwell was to testify Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination.


Colorado lawmakers approve plan for pot banking

Colorado lawmakers approved the world’s first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services.

Marathon suspect: Statements should be thrown out

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argue that statements he made to authorities after his arrest should be thrown out because he was questioned for 36 hours in a hospital room.

GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

Any recall can present challenges for automakers and customers. But unlike GM’s situation, most recalls include less than 50,000 vehicles and are typically completed in two or three months.