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S.C. Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

July 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oreo cookies to get skinny, 'sophisticated' new look

NEW YORK (AP) - Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

July 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Global markets fall sharply after Greek 'no' vote

LONDON (AP) - Stock markets and oil prices fell Monday after Greece's voters overwhelmingly rejected reform proposals from international creditors, a verdict that's reinforced fears the country may be heading out of the euro currency.

July 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Unconfirmed report of shots at Navy Yard in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the Washington Navy Yard campus after reports of shots fired, but a senior law enforcement official said those reports had not been confirmed.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers reflect a job market moving close to full health and raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as September.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fire at S.C. black church wasn't arson

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US, Cuba to open embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) â€" The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities, a major step in restoring ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. The latest developments (all times local):

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks fall in early trade as Greece debt woes escalate

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling in early trading in the U.S., but not as much as in Europe as Greece's debt woes deepen.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2nd inmate in prison break shot, captured

CONSTABLE, N.Y. (AP) - The latest on the manhunt following the escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

June 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nationwide right to same-sex marriage declared

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US offers help after attacks in 3 countries

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - The latest news from an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia (all times local):

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Israeli says he has found King David's citadel

ERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins.

May 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall in morning trading on mixed earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling in morning trading Tuesday following mixed earnings news from U.S. companies. Investors are waiting for testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the economy later today. A new report showed that housing prices rose in March, but at a slower pace than a month earlier.

May 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fla. jail explosion kills 2, injures 150

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, injuring as many as 150 people, and creating a chaotic scene Thursday after inmates were bused to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.

May 01, 2014 | MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP blocks Democrats' minimum wage try in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall's congressional elections.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military benefits survive defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army corporal would get a full housing allowance to rent an off-base apartment while a military family will see little change in their grocery costs at the commissary as an election-year Congress rebuffed Pentagon efforts to trim military benefits.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home price gains slow for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks move lower as tech, banks drag down market

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks turned negative Monday afternoon, dragged down by falling technology and bank companies that snuffed out investors' excitement about a potential blockbuster pharmaceutical deal.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | NATION/WORLD


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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