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Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

BELL, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man with an extensive criminal record - he spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son - killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage Thursday at a home in a small Florida town outside of Gainesville.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Scotland votes to remain part of United Kingdom

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Isakson-backed sunscreen bill advances

A Senate committee today unanimously passed legislation by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., that seeks to address a regulatory backlog that is blocking U.S. consumers from access to innovative sunscreens widely available in the rest of the world.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Food stamp cuts to only hit 4 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US military to send 3,000 to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hagel, Dempsey defend US plan to target extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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1 debate left for pres. candidates

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Two alphas in the fight of their lives, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Social Security benefits to go up 1.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

October 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VP debate tees up closing issues

In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

October 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Yemen security chief killed at US Embassy

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

October 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya military team: security weak

The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Taliban shoot 14-year-old girl activist

Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was admired across a battle-scarred region of Pakistan for exposing the Taliban's atrocities and advocating for girls' education in the face of religious extremists. On Tuesday, the Taliban nearly killed her to quiet her message.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandusky sentenced to 30 - 60 years

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison - effectively a life sentence - in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New Alzheimer drug shows some promise

BOSTON (AP) - Combined results from two studies of an experimental Alzheimer's drug suggest it might modestly slow mental decline, especially in patients with mild disease.

October 08, 2012 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


Freeze, drought take bite out of fall tourism

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Devastating spring freezes and a historic drought have stripped some charm from rustic fall destinations, leaving some corn too short to create mazes, orchards virtually devoid of apples and fall colors muted.

October 08, 2012 | RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medicine Nobel prize for stem cell work

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Two scientists from different generations won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for the groundbreaking discovery that cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become completely different kinds, potentially opening the door to growing customized tissues for treatments.

October 08, 2012 | KARL RITTER and LOUISE NORDSTROM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandusky at risk of sex assault in prison

Because of who he is and what he's done, Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week.

October 08, 2012 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court looks at race in college admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

October 08, 2012 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

October 05, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney barrels out of first debate

DENVER (AP) - Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning Americans that his GOP rival's policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.

October 04, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to combine their struggling cellphone businesses in a deal aimed at letting them compete better with their three larger rivals.

The combined company will use the T-Mobile brand and have 42.5 million subscribers.

October 03, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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