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Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Take off your clothes to make it in TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas rockets end 12-hour truce

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman shot, killed by police south of Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Henry County police officer shot and killed a woman in Hampton, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man run over by own truck during road rage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French minister: Missing plane 'probably crashed'

PARIS (AP) - France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed."

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry - the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds - at least for some money funds used by big investors.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Democrats to unveil $2.7B bill on alien children

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gaza rocket lands near Israel airport

JERUSALEM (AP) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Apple: more 5 million iPhone 5s sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. said Monday that it sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in the three days since its launch, fewer than analysts had expected.

September 24, 2012 | PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | NATION/WORLD


10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

September 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney releases 2011 tax docs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney is releasing his 2011 tax returns.

September 21, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 6 million Americans - significantly more than first estimated- will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.

September 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Who are Mitt Romney's 47 percent?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just which 47 percent of Americans was Mitt Romney talking about? It's hard to say. He lumped together three different ways of sorting people in what he's called less-than-elegant remarks.

September 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney responds to 'victims' comment

Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to help from the government that permeates their lives.

September 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio inmate says too obese for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."

September 17, 2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | NATION/WORLD


Older drivers face confusing license laws

Publishable Editors Notes: The latest installment in the joint AP-APME series examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami is having on society.

September 17, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


LSU evacuates following bomb threat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of students, professors and workers were evacuated from Louisiana State University's main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said.

The evacuation was prompted by a threat phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. Calongne said the caller didn't direct the threat to any specific area of the campus.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 year later, Occupy in disarray

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why are stocks soaring in bad economy?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic growth is pitiful. Unemployment has topped 8 percent for an exhausting 43 months. The nation is careering toward a so-called fiscal cliff, and maybe a recession.

September 14, 2012 | CHRISTINA REXRODE and DANIEL WAGNER, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Univ. of Texas evacuated after threats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas has issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus."

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks open higher day after Fed move

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street a day after the Federal Reserve promised more help for the economy.

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Whopping cough vaccine loses punch

NEW YORK (AP) - As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

September 13, 2012 | MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


Brand new laptop infected from the get go

WASHINGTON (AP) - A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for another computer.

September 13, 2012 | RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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