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Chick-fil-A brings crowds, long traffic backups to liberal Seattle suburb

The 100 people camped out in the parking lot the night before the state's first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened April 9 were apparently not a tipoff to Bellevue officials that they had a crowd problem on their hands. The magnitude quickly became appare ...

Abercrombie & Fitch dumps beefcake greeters

NEW YORK (AP) -- Abercrombie & Fitch is saying goodbye to the shirtless beefcake models who greeted customers at its doors. The New Albany, Ohio-based company, which operates stores under its namesake brand and Hollister, announced Friday that store ...

Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa's egg-laying chickens. The confirmation of the highly infectious and deadly H5N2 virus means up to 5.3 milli ...

Police: Taxi driver kicked gay men out of car for kissing

A taxi driver contacted through an Uber app has been arrested for allegedly kicking two gay men out of his car last week when they kissed, according to Chicago police. Mahdi Hared, of the 6500 block of South Sacramento Avenue, was charged with one co ...

Minimum wage to increase in 21 states

More than 3.6 million workers will see increases to an average of $8 an hour when 21 states and Washington, D.C., raise the minimum wage next year. The changes, scheduled to take effect Dec. 31 in New York, Jan. 1 in 20 other states and July 1 in the ...

Black Friday strikes expected at dozens of Walmart stores

[caption id="attachment_21936" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]WASHINGTON, (UPI) -- Walmart workers across the country will be striking on Black Friday, calling for better hours and a $15 per hour wage. The group OUR Walmart, wh ...

Economy: Staples to close 170 stores

Staples Inc. is accelerating its store closings this year and making progress toward its "reinvention," but the office supply chain expects fewer holiday sales compared to last year. The Framingham company also said it is unable to "reasonably estima ...

Kellogg offers up 'gay pride' with your child's breakfast cereal

Conservative groups are taking to social media to criticize a Kellogg ad featuring Frosted Flakes character Tony the Tiger that says, "Wear your stripes with pride," and sponsorship of a gay pride march in Atlanta. But others are firing back, voicing ...

Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex union ...

Common Sense: Pay your water bill or lose service

Detroit has drawn fire from all over the world for shutting off water to customers delinquent on their bills, but the city isn't unique. Cities across metro Detroit and the country do it also. In Michigan, Hamtramck, Warren, Pontiac, Eastpointe, Romu ...


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