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Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

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PAHOKEE, Fla. (AP) — For residents of the Glades, a string of poor, predominantly African American rural towns dotting the southern shore of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, the beginning of the annual sugar cane harvest in October means the arrival of "black snow."
"You'd hate to come down here when it's snowing, ... (full story)

Ballroom dancers say immigration clampdown hurting business

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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry.
Sabourin had to eventually give up after a year and ... (full story)

It's time to let go of shame over your debt

Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn't.
Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes.
But many people still report being embarrassed about owing money. In one study, nearly everyone with debt b ... (full story)

French luxury group LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16.2 billion

PARIS (AP) — French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy New York jeweler Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, adding a famed star to its portfolio that already boasts Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari.
LVMH said in a statement recently it will take over the 182-year old Tiffany and its 300 boutiques worldwide at $1 ... (full story)


Justices reject call for new trial in 'Serial' podcast case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court recently rejected a Maryland man's bid for a new trial based on information uncovered by the hit podcast "Serial."
The justices did not comment in leaving in place a 4-3 ruling by Maryland's highest court that denied a new trial to Adnan Syed, who was convicted of strangling a ... (full story)

5-year instead of 3-year prison sentence applies to certain illegal drug makers

The Ohio Supreme Court recently resolved a conflict between two statutes regarding sentencing for repeat offenders who manufacture methamphetamine. One statute imposes a mandatory five-year prison term for the third-degree felony and another caps sentences for all but certain specified third-degree felonies at three years. The Cour ... (full story)