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More women, minorities in new Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new 114th Congress counts more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay marriage ban ends in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bess Myerson, the 1st Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

OS ANGELES (AP) - The first Jewish Miss America, who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, has died. Bess Myerson was 90.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

Another plunge in the price of oil pushed stocks sharply lower on Monday. Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday. Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as oil slides, hurting energy stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower Monday, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil plunged again. The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies

Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bad barley crop won't affect beer prices

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews.

January 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st black elected US senator dies

BOSTON (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

January 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt to punish North Korea for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the U.S.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New diet guidelines might pull back from meat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where's the beef?

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 men see snout, free moose buried in avalanche

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 officers, suspect shot in W.Va. highway shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes open 2015 on a strong note

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening the year on a strong note, but energy stocks slipped as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Obama is firm but vague on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he plans to help immigrants living illegally in the United States "get legal" without any action from Congress. And he promises to curb a system that he describes as deporting immigrants improperly. But the White House is vague about the changes the president is expected to announce soon.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


S&P 500 ekes out record; DreamWorks sinks

Despite a day of mostly listless trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to notch another all-time high.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cosby clarifies statement on rape accusations

NEW YORK (AP) - A blanket denial from Bill Cosby's lawyer dismissing allegations of sexual abuse by the comedian against several women has been clarified with a subsequent statement.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

CHICAGO (AP) - Drugmaker Merck & Co. says its cholesterol-lowering medicine ezetimibe met its main goal in a study testing whether adding it to an older type of cholesterol medicine could reduce heart risks. The drug is sold as Zetia and in combination with the statin drug Zocor as Vytorin.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court to consider when second mortgage can be void

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether homeowners who declare bankruptcy can void a second mortgage if the home's market value has dropped below the amount they owe on the first mortgage.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New report: Child homelessness on the rise in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes move little in afternoon trading

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are mostly edging lower in late afternoon trading Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 30 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone X

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are mostly edging lower in late afternoon trading Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 30 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana's Senate seat.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge to Obamacare that would have enabled non-profit religious organizations to avoid government-approved contraception programs.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Civil rights figure: US divided by race again

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks flit between gains and losses in afternoon

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Thursday amid generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. Energy stocks tumbled as the price of oil fell to a four-year low.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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