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Public to comment on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A proposed first-in-the-nation ban on sales of all tobacco and nicotine products has bitterly divided this small community, and health officials are bracing for an onslaught of opinions as they consider the move.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missouri governor outlines Ferguson preparations

WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


America marks Veterans Day with parades, freebies

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks eke out small gain to close at record

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market eked out another all-time high on Tuesday, but the gains were slight as investors awaited more news to give them an indication about the strength of the economy.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama inflames divisive debate on 'net neutralit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The South: Solid once again _ for Republicans

ATLANTA (AP) - With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VA vows focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its many websites.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks, at record levels, edge higher

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks edged higher on Monday, led by gains in health care stocks, keeping the market at record levels. Home builders got a lift after Toll Brothers said that its revenue rose 29 percent in the most recent quarter.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service says it was hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service says it is victim of hacking attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama wants more regulation of Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet providers shouldn't be allowed cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by industry.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republican Ed Gillespie concedes Va. Senate race

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie on Friday conceded the Virginia Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner, and said he would not seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one.

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pledges to consider ideas from both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing the future leaders of a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to judge ideas in his final two years not by whether they come from Democrats or Republicans but by "whether or not they work."

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pledges to consider ideas from both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing the future leaders of a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to judge ideas in his final two years not by whether they come from Democrats or Republicans but by "whether or not they work."

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Federal appeals court rules for gay marriage bans

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty - once again - for millions of individuals and businesses.

December 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

December 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.

December 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gambler rewards man who returned $300K left in cab

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A poker player who left a bag with $300,000 in the back seat of a Las Vegas taxi has given $10,000 to the honest cabbie who returned the money.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

December 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reversal on ACA cancellations gets mixed response

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hand, face transplants regulated like other organs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sure your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver's license.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Americans hopeful for a better year in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.

December 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

December 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.

December 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New Mexico AG sues to stop horse slaughter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's top prosecutor filed a lawsuit Thursday in state district court in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man lured two brothers, ages 5 and 8, from their yard in south Mississippi and took them to his camper trailer, where he sexually abused them and slashed the older boy's throat, authorities said Thursday.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Target: 40M card accounts may be breached

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lucky lotto tickets sold in Atlanta, San Jose

ATLANTA (AP) - Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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