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Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Covington filmed 'Selma' up for Oscar

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while "Boyhood" remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove the stock market lower for a fourth day in a row. Investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds, sending yields plunging.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to renew push for paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for working parents.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican U.S. House voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


We burn 2.7 million gallons a minute, so why's oil so cheap?

NEW YORK (AP) - The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher - and is rising.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key interest rate falls as investors seek safety

NEW YORK (AP) - A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak growth forecast, sales slump send US stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling and bond prices are rising following some discouraging news on the U.S. economy and a weaker forecast of global growth.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Conservatives cheer on Romney as establishment field grows

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mitt Romney's unexpected step into the 2016 presidential contest is drawing enthusiasm from the GOP's most passionate conservatives.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pitching more access to fast Internet

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks end up-and-down day with small losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending a see-saw day with small losses, as energy shares slip lower with the price of oil.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Defiant Charlie Hebdo fronts Muhammad, drawing more threats

PARIS (AP) - Charlie Hebdo released a new version of its irreverent and often offensive newspaper Tuesday, defiantly putting a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover that drew immediate criticism and threats of more violence.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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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


Wal-Mart sales perk up before holiday

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement in the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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