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Deaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world

NEW YORK (AP) - For comedians, there was very little to laugh about in 2014.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


: 3 killed as car hits people leaving church

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A driver hit a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people - including two women in their 80s - and leaving up to nine others injured, police said.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sony cancels 'The Interview' opening

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed promises 'patient' approach to a rate increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Travel industry carefully eyeing Cuban tourism

NEW YORK (AP) - Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US changing approach to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) - For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings committed suicide

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted knife wounds Tuesday in the woods, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed suburban Philadelphia schools and left people on edge.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Robin Williams tops 2014 most Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ruble slides to new low, Wall St. looking down

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Market participants were transfixed Tuesday by a stunning slide in the Russian ruble that presented President Vladimir Putin with one of the biggest challenges of his 15-year rule.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

December 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less - by drone.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bad Weather

An icy storm that started in the West and is blamed in at least 10 fatal accidents was bringing a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas on Monday as it trudged eastward in the run-up to Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reverent memorials mark JFK 50th anniversary

DALLAS (AP) - A half dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin as the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff in one of several solemn ceremonies planned Friday to mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

November 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-AP writer recalls serving as Oswald pallbearer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - On a gloomy November afternoon, I helped carry the inexpensive wooden casket of Lee Harvey Oswald to a grave on a slight rise dotted with dying grass.

November 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Too fat to fly: Stranded Frenchman's ordeal ending

LONDON (AP) - He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missouri executes serial killer Franklin

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Revenge porn' victims press for new laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - Annmarie Chiarini's long-distance boyfriend was goading her to pose nude. The pictures would be for his eyes only, Chiarini recalls him saying, because she was so beautiful and because he missed her so much. He promised, she said, they would be stored on a compact disc and hidden in his drawer.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger sentenced to life

BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at 84 for his murderous reign over the city's underworld in the 1970s and '80s, accepting his punishment with stone-faced silence even as a judge castigated him for his "almost unfathomable" depravity.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio delays inmate's execution over organ donation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor delayed the execution of a condemned child killer to consider the inmate's unprecedented organ donation request, acknowledging that it's "uncharted territory" but expressing hope that the man might help save a life before losing his own.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


N. Georgia wakes up to below-freezing temperatures

ATLANTA (AP) - It's a cold morning in North Georgia.

November 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Area codes 404, 678 maxed out for metro Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - New phones issued in metro Atlanta will no longer come with the 404 and 678 area codes.

November 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving?

NEW YORK (AP) - Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via's mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall.

November 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Most of central, north Ga. under freeze warning

ATLANTA (AP) - A freeze warning has been issued for most of central and northern Georgia as arctic air approaches the region.

November 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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