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US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

NEW YORK (AP) - If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

New York police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the final act in a rampage that began when he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore, then made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

OWSON, Md. (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police departments on alert after cop killings

NEW YORK (AP) - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are edging higher as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly higher in the U.S. as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.

December 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans, a senior administration official says.

April 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy adds 88K jobs, rate drops to 7.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market's path back to full health will be uneven.

April 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pastor files suit in traffic stop mix-up

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A pastor and his wife have filed a lawsuit after a mix-up led to police pulling them over and drawing their guns.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies

CHICAGO (AP) - Roger Ebert, the most famous and popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's budget to spare Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's budget next week will steer clear of major cuts to Medicaid, including tens of billions in reductions to the health care plan for the poor that the administration had proposed only last year.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman jailed in fatal fire granted bond

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A woman charged with murder and child cruelty after three of her four children died in house fire has been granted $75,000 bond.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Laws, rumors have ammo hard to stock

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wall street stocks edge higher; Best Buy soars

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged higher on Wall Street as investors took advantage of a slump Wednesday to get back into the market.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jimmy Fallon to take over Leno's spot

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC's recent personnel transition in morning television was a disaster. Executives hope their luck is better late at night, and they have a year to try and make it a smooth handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon at the "Tonight" show.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Young women live with men first, marry

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly half of young women say the first time they lived with a guy, they weren't married.

April 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. soldier charged with killing wife

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia soldier accused of plotting attacks as the leader of an anti-government militia group has been charged by the Army with the killing of his pregnant wife in 2011.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in light of automatic spending cuts that have led to furloughs for thousands of federal workers.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Leno to leave NBC's 'Tonight Show' next spring

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC on Wednesday announced its long-rumored switch in late night, replacing incumbent Jay Leno at "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon and moving the iconic franchise back to New York.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall after weak reports on hiring, services

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday after weak reports on hiring and growth at service companies dampened the outlook for the U.S. economy.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oldest American is 113-year-old Detroit-area woman

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - The oldest woman in the U.S. is pushing off questions about her longevity to a higher power.

April 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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