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5 things to watch in Obama's immigration speech 


(AP) — After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone.

Corinthian Colleges to shed most of its schools

(AP) — Corinthian Colleges will sell most of its campuses in the midst of several investigations and lawsuits by federal and state regulators.

Nike nixes tribute shoe plan after Iverson protest

(AP) — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok.

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion 


(AP) — The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday.

Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism 


(AP) — A rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the U.S. multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could be $85 billion by 2021.

US stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

(AP) — Stocks closed lower for the first time this week as the market edged below the record high it set the day before.

Union, NFL at odds over personal conduct policy 


(AP) — The NFL players' union wants the league and its owners to take disciplining players out of the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Obama signs bill to revamp federal child care aid 


(AP) — Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Immigrants baffled by HealthCare.gov lapse 


(AP) — HealthCare.gov is working better, but immigrants are running into what looks like an obvious slip-up.

Health system reveals hospital gown to cover rears 


The "Model G" gown was developed by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.(AP) — A Detroit-based health system has unveiled a new hospital gown that aims to put the wraps on a big source of patients' grumbles — a lack of rear coverage.