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Labor Dept. tosses Florida scheme to curb jobless benefits

A Florida civil rights group's legal complaint has led the U.S. Labor Department to toss yet another GOP scheme to deny workers jobless benefits, by imposing a qualification test so tough that many workers can't pass it.

Will Ellen DeGeneres make it on American Idol?

Before every American Idol fan and entertainment writer goes nuts buzzing online about how it's a bad idea that Ellen DeGeneres has joined the show's judging table, let's all just take a deep breath and give the lady a chance.

American Idol boots off Joanna Pacitti

Controversial 'American Idol' contestant and former child star Joanna Pacitti has been booted off the talent show, apparently due to her past in the music business.