Obama to open middle-class jobs, opportunity tour Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning a series of quick trips around the country to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union address that became overshadowed by the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts. More
Retailers report modest gains for April Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery. Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans’ shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions. More
US home building is surging, but job growth isn't The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help - if he could hire enough qualified people. "There is a shortage of manpower," says Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall in Littleton, Colo. More
US casino revenue up nearly 5 percent in 2012 Things are looking up for most of the nation’s commercial casinos, as gambling revenue increased by nearly 5 percent last year and jobs held roughly steady. According to the annual survey of casinos by the American Gaming Association, America’s nontribal casinos took in $37.3 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 4.8 percent over 2011. More
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Social Security heading for insolvency even faster WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians' reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds that support ... 04/23/2012 - 5:03 pm | View Link
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A Florida man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he was run over by his own pickup Tuesday during a road rage incident.
Police said Joseph Carl, of Gainesville, apparently became enraged after he crashed into the rear end of another vehicle stopped at a traffic light during a downpour.
The 48-year-old Carl jumped out of his truck and began banging on the other driver’s window and yelling at the woman inside, reported The Gainesville Sun.
Carl neglected to put the pickup into park, police said, and the truck started rolling after the other driver became frightened and drove away.
Police said Carl tried to stop the truck with his arms, but it ran him over.
Officers said Carl was stumbling and smelled strongly of alcohol when they arrived, and they said he admitted to drinking three beers.
But police said they found numerous empty beer cans inside the pickup, along with an open 16-ounce Miller High Life that was still cool.
Carl claimed he did not drink and drive, but he amended his claim after police found the beer and said he was only drinking during his drive home from Live Oak, about 50 miles away.
Officers arrested Carl on drunken driving and property damage charges and took him to a nearby hospital for treatment for a broken foot and hand.
A blood test at the hospital revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit for Florida.
Businesses in a small Kentucky town are crying “socialism” after the mayor got tired of constant price gouging and opened a city-owned gas station.
According to The Associated Press, the Somerset Fuel Center was a hit with consumers when it opened on Saturday. It served 75 customers in the first three hours, and has been averaging about 300 fill-ups per day ever since.
Mayor Eddie Girdler said that residents of Somerset, which is a tourist destination, had complained for years about high gas prices, which the town estimated were 20 to 30 cents higher per gallon than surrounding cities.
So for less the $75,000, the city was able to open the fueling center, with 10 pumps and no frills.
The past two years have introduced a cottage industry to Washington, D. C.: polling that shows how very unlikable things -- root canals and Darth Vader, for example -- are more popular than politicians. You can also compare fictional characters' approval ratings to potential presidential candidates. If you want to do something truly novel, you could make up approval ratings for the founding fathers, and then compare them to made-up movie characters from the 19th century (which would probably have awful approval ratings because they'd be based on James Fenimore Cooper novels).