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Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

NEW YORK (AP) - Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US to appeal ruling blocking Obama immigration plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After lobbying push, drugmaker resubmits women's sex pill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost female libido are resubmitting their drug to federal health regulators, following a recent lobbying blitz by politicians, women's groups and consumer advocates aimed at pushing it onto the market.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst "It's My Party" and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me" has died. Lesley Gore was 68.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'SNL' celebrates its big 4-0

NEW YORK (AP) - With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation's bicentennial, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3½-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.

February 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 dead in 'likely' terror attack in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - At least one gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cafe, killing one man in what authorities called a likely terror attack during a free speech event organized by an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

February 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks at record as oil rebound lifts energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks traded at record levels on Friday as the price of oil jumped again, giving a lift to energy stocks.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to make expired business tax breaks permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US indexes open slightly higher, hold near record highs

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are inching higher in early trading as traders pore over the latest batch of company earnings reports.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The key players in the Bobbi Kristina Brown saga

ATLANTA (AP) - Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and the only child between Houston and ex-husband Bobby Brown, has been hospitalized since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home on Jan. 31.

February 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks approach record as technology, energy stocks gain

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks rose Thursday, climbing close to an all-time high, as technology, materials and energy companies notched big gains.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Whitney Houston's daughter was in traffic wreck

ATLANTA (AP) - Whitney Houston's daughter was involved in a traffic accident that injured two people days before she was hospitalized, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Expedia buying rival Orbitz for about $1.33 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama war power plan in search of its first supporter

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, he's still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure.

February 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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An early stock market rally fizzles as oil sinks

NEW YORK (AP) - A rally on the stock market fizzled toward the end of trading as the price of oil sank.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CIA chief defends agency's Bush-era record

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency Thursday from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspects with no security benefits to the U.S.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's another political victory for the popular potato.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers with credit records - 42.9 million people - have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks slump as oil price drop sinks energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing sharply slower as another plunge in the price of oil dragged down the energy sector.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Harvard professor fights Chinese restaurant over $4

BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard Business School instructor is battling a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him $4 on a takeout order.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman will host his final "Late Show" next May 20.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FAA issues commercial drone permits

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

December 10, 2014 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy and many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end mostly lower; European markets sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower, avoiding the sharp declines that occurred in Europe and China.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Policy snags hold up $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiators inched closer to agreement on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill on Tuesday, as House Republicans indicated they would advance several controversial policy provisions on a separate track.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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