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...]

GOP senator says he won’t block Dempsey nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain is dropping his threat to block Gen. Martin Dempsey's nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.But the Arizona Republican delivered a harsh critique Tuesday of Dempsey's assessment of potential American military action in Syria.McCain called … [Read more...]

Rubio reconnects with tea party activists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is renewing his outreach to tea party supporters and his advocacy for Republican causes as he struggles to repair his image as a conservative standard-bearer. The shift comes after the potential 2016 presidential candidate pushed the Senate to approve an immigration … [Read more...]

NYC airport fully reopens after jet’s hard landing

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City airport is fully operating again following the hard landing of a Southwest Airlines jet a day earlier.A spokesman for the agency that runs LaGuardia Airport says the airport's second runway reopened Tuesday morning. The other runway had reopened Monday.The nose gear on a … [Read more...]

Ex-partner accuses Bulger of pedophilia in trial

BOSTON (AP) — The former partner of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is accusing Bulger of being a pedophile.Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi is testifying Tuesday at Bulger's racketeering trial.Bulger's lawyer was pressing Flemmi about his own admission that he engaged in oral sex with his teenage … [Read more...]