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IRS apologizes for seizing bank accounts of small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama sends Congress request for military force against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers to "show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat."

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Florida lawyer sparks debate about rights at DUI checkpoints

MIAMI (AP) - Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain as investors assess corporate news

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday as investors assessed the latest corporate news.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In captivity, hostage said 'even in prison, one can be free'

The family of Kayla Jean Mueller said Tuesday it had received confirmation that she died while being held by Islamic State militants. The Mueller family released a letter it said she had written last year. Here is the text, as provided by the family, which also redacted some portions:

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White house asking authorization to fight IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House circulated a proposal Tuesday authorizing the Pentagon to fight Islamic State terrorists without an "enduring offensive combat" role, hoping to satisfy lawmakers with widely varying views on the need for U.S. ground operations.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Water manager faces discipline for urinating in reservoir

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A water manager is facing discipline after he was caught urinating in an empty reservoir that supplies drinking water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drew Peterson charged with plotting to kill prosecutor

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance his fourth, has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in state prison, authorities announced Monday.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks head lower as concerns mount over China, Greece

NEW YORK (AP) - Concerns about the world economy helped tug U.S. stocks to slight losses on Monday. Major indexes followed European markets lower as worries mount over Greece's standoff with its creditors.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Foodie first lady says 'cheese dust is not food'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says she dropped boxed macaroni and cheese from her family's diet after her daughter couldn't turn a block of cheese into cheese powder.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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House plans to vote down Obama immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senator: Obama picks Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Republican senator says President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee for defense secretary.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP senator: Obama picks Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower following more signs of weakness in China and disappointing retail sales over the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

EW YORK (AP) - Signs of weakness in China's economy and a weak start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl Scouts cookie sales go digital

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republicans push to update education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes hold at record levels

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ferguson mayor: National Guard deployment delayed

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's mayor is criticizing what he says was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

NEW YORK (AP) - It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown's family and others.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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