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Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift as company earnings news comes in mixed

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were wavering between small gains and losses in early trading Tuesday as investors looked over the latest company earnings reports. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell after the company said a shortage of pork meat was affecting its results, while KFC and Taco Bell owner Yum Brands rose after reporting higher global sales. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dr. Oz: We will not be silenced

NEW YORK (AP) - Vowing that "we will not be silenced," television's Dr. Oz is fighting back against critics who are trying to get him removed from a faculty position at Columbia University.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandra Bullock named People's 'Most Beautiful Woman'

NEW YORK (AP) - People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" for 2015.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes slip as company earnings roll in

NEW YORK (AP) - Major U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower Tuesday as big companies turned in a mixed batch of earnings results.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open broadly higher as company earnings impress

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as more companies turn in healthy earnings reports.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A plan to make the Bible the official state book in Tennessee derailed Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate sent the measure back to a committee, effectively killing it this year.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks struggle higher in afternoon; Netflix, Etsy soar

NEW YORK (AP) - Major stock indexes flipped from losses to gains Thursday afternoon following a rebound in crude oil prices. Major markets in Europe finished with losses amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Congress passes bill to repeal estate tax

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill that would repeal the federal tax on estates.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower in early trading; Netflix soars

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower as more companies report earnings.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday

Rising corporate profits and a jump in oil prices helped push the stock market to a modest gain on Wednesday. Delta and Intel led the way up after turning in results that beat Wall Street's forecasts.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chimp Tushi turns drone-buster in Dutch Burgers' Zoo

ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) - Beware! Chimp Tushi at the Dutch Burgers' Zoo is a real drone-buster.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rising oil and energy stocks push market higher at midday

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising oil prices and stronger earnings from big U.S. companies are pushing the stock market higher at midday.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Wal-Mart takes aim at $2B used video game market

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


States looking at $0 community college tuition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign, independent'

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine.

March 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE (AP) - The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado - a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missing jet's pilots had firm community ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - One was passionate enough about flying to build his own flight simulator in his home. The other was a 27-year-old contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


College offers to pay students to take year off

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Methodists end minister's NY same-sex wedding case

NEW YORK (AP) - A United Methodist bishop on Monday dropped the case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding - a dramatic decision that came just months after another minister was defrocked for the same reason.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's warnings brushed aside by Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) - One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin speaks tough on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev Tuesday to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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