Bad Credit and Credit Cards: What Options are Available?

  Your credit score can plummet quickly due to a poor budgeting strategy or by simply spending more money than you have. If your credit score has been reduced to a number that is less than stellar, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to qualify for a credit card. In fact, there are a variety of … [Read more...]

Face of Defense: Soldier Racks Up Miles in Afghanistan

By Army Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick122nd Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentTARIN KOT, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2013 – Growing up on a farm in Weston, Ohio, Army Spc. Michelle Renay Metzger enjoyed getting dirty and working with farm machinery. “I joined the National Guard to better myself in general and have a … [Read more...]

47 rescued from Gulf rig; natural gas leaking

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig.No injuries have been reported.The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site Tuesday … [Read more...]

House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to … [Read more...]

Dallas suburb’s renting ordinance blocked

DALLAS (AP) — The city of Farmers Branch will soon decide whether to continue its long, expensive court battle to ban immigrants without legal permission from renting apartments within the town after a court again ruled against the controversial ordinance.Council members of the suburb just a few miles north … [Read more...]

Hiker dies on trek to ‘Wave’ in Ariz-Utah desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The brutal summer heat proved too much on Tuesday for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month.Elisabeth Ann Bervel, 27, of Mesa, Ariz., died of cardiac arrest when a … [Read more...]

Prince Charles visits royal baby at hospital

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has paid a visit to his newborn grandson for the first time.Crowds of onlookers gathered outside the St. Mary Hospital cheered as Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived Tuesday at central London's St. Mary's Hospital.The baby was born there Monday to Prince Charles' son, William, … [Read more...]

Pope’s Brazil security questioned after mob scene

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There was widespread finger pointing on Tuesday over the security scheme meant to protect Pope Francis during his seven days in Brazil after a frantic crowd of faithful Catholics repeatedly surrounded and halted the vehicles he was riding in as he paraded down main avenues.But one of … [Read more...]

Syria opposition: Hezbollah must stand trial

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian opposition said Tuesday that Hezbollah leaders should be put on trial for their role in the Syrian civil war, reflecting the growing hostility between the two sides over the Lebanese militant group supporting President Bashar Assad's forces.Meanwhile, a United Nations delegation … [Read more...]

Al-Qaida claims deadly prison raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers.The statement issued in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and … [Read more...]