News archive from 29 January 2013

Social Security commissioner to leave in February

WASHINGTON -- Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says he will step down in February after completing his six-year term. Astrue's departure gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to name a new head to the federal government's largest...

 

In a job hunt, who you know often is crucial

Riju Parakh wasn't even looking for a new job. But when a friend at Ernst & Young recommended her, Parakh's resume quickly was separated from the thousands the firm receives every week because she was referred by a current employee. Within three...

 
Police: Man robs Roseville Rite Aid using can of Mace

Police: Man robs Roseville Rite Aid using can of Mace

A man robbed a Roseville Rite Aid store today after brandishing what was believed to be a canister of Mace, police said. Roseville police said the man is suspected to be the same person involved in a similar incident Sunday in Warren. Rite Aid is...

 

U.S. effort to undercut Islamist rebels in Syria appears to have failed

BEIRUT -- A U.S.-supported push to form military councils across Syria to unite the hundreds of groups fighting to topple President Bashar Assad and coordinate the provision of aid to secular rebel groups appears largely to have failed. Rebels said...

 

Police will visit Utica Community Schools twice a day

Kids in Utica Community Schools should get used to seeing police officers on campus. As part of a partnership announced today, Sterling Heights Police will visit each elementary and junior high school in the city twice a day. The patrols, which begin...

 

Russian skywalkers look upward for escape

MOSCOW - They have discovered a world where no rules or laws apply, where they can be heroes, if only for a few terrifying minutes. They are skywalkers, or roofers, as they proudly call themselves. The craze, which is believed to have started a few...

 

Study: Majority of consumers watch TV and surf Web simultaneously

For millions of U.S. consumers, one screen in the living room is not enough. A new study from KPMG finds that 60% of American television viewers are devoted multitaskers, watching TV and accessing the Internet at the same time. "We continue to...

 

U.S. effort to undercut Islamist rebels in Syria appears to have failed

BEIRUT A U.S.-supported push to form military councils across Syria to unite the hundreds of groups fighting to topple President Bashar Assad and coordinate the provision of aid to secular rebel groups appears largely to have failed. Rebels said U.S....

 

Libertyville wine-tasting targets slow shopping season

Pam Hume understands how people feel come mid-February, when many have had their fill of freezing weather and need a break from winter's monotony. That's why as executive director of MainStreet Libertyville, Hume helped organize "Let's Wine about...

 

Bit by bit, Obama already nicking away at barriers for illegal immigrants

FORT WORTH, Texas -- President Barack Obama will unveil his sweeping plan on immigration Tuesday in the midst of a rapidly shifting political environment. It's his most ambitious move yet on the emotionally divisive issue after making a series of...

 

Maker of Little Debbie snacks to bid for Hostess' Drake's line

McKee Foods Corp., best known for its Little Debbie snack cakes, has emerged as the lead bidder for the Drake’s snack cakes formerly made by bankrupt Hostess Brands. The privately held, family-run company, based in Collegedale, Tenn., emerged with an...

 

Sterling Heights police to start patrolling at some Utica schools

Sterling Heights - Sterling Heights police officers will begin visiting some elementary and junior high schools in the Utica Public School District twice a day beginning Tuesday as part of a new focus on enhancing security.In the wake of the Newtown,...

 

News Summary: US durable goods orders up

ORDERS UP: U.S. demand for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 4.6 percent in December on strong gains for volatile aircraft orders. BUSINESS INVESTMENT SLOWS: Orders that signal business investment plans edged up just 0.2 percent. That followed 3...

 

News Summary: US stocks drift sideways

FLYING SIDEWAYS: U.S. stocks meandered between small gains and losses Monday, cooling after the Standard & Poor's 500 index rallied above 1,500 for the first time since Dec. 2007. SPLIT DECISION: Encouraging news about manufacturing provided an...

 

Fla. Park Service recognizes prescribed fire week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's fire awareness week in Florida. State officials say Florida is the nation's leader in prescribed fires, burning more than two million acres of agricultural and natural lands each year. According to a statement from the...

 

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