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Fed drops 'patient' in describing timing for first rate hike

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it's edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows in light of a strengthening job market. The Fed no longer says it will be "patient" in starting to raise its benchmark rate.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trump launching presidential exploratory committee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower ahead of Federal Reserve statement

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks opened lower Wednesday ahead of the conclusion of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Investors are waiting to see whether policymakers signal that they are considering raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade later this year. Oil continued to slide, weighing on energy stocks.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense, cuts elsewhere

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget plan for next year that effectively breaks tight budget limits on military spending while promising big cuts to social programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed rate hike expectations shake up stocks, bonds and dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - Interest rates could soon rise in the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade, and that's shaking up financial markets.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

DUBLIN (AP) - Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick's Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday.

March 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks break a 3-week slump and end higher; oil price sinks

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing higher after three straight weeks of losses.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flawed Social Security data say 6.5M in US reach age 112

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Man walks into trooper's car, gets charged with DWI

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. (AP) - It may have been the easiest driving while intoxicated arrest ever made by the New York State Police.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open higher following declines last week

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are rising in early trading after getting hit hard last week.

March 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks decline for third week; interest rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market was hit hard Friday, capping a third week of declines, as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oklahoma fraternity chapter hires high-profile attorney

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma shut down after members were caught engaging in a racist chant have hired a high-profile Oklahoma attorney to represent them and have severed communications with its national headquarters.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Capitol Hill Buzz: Who has time to read these bills we pass?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don't always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign - or so it seemed this week, anyway.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks drop as oil prices decline, rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were solidly lower Friday, caused by a drop in oil prices and worries about higher interest rates. Energy companies and utilities had the biggest declines.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Some AirAsia victims found belted in seats

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US pending home climb in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5 things to know: Obama health law again in play

WASHINGTON (AP) - New episodes in the nation's long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Markets slip as uncertainty over Greece returns

Stocks are closing lower in the U.S. and elsewhere as a new flare-up of political uncertainty in Greece has investors worrying about the stability of the euro again.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New York gets ready for New Year's Eve celebration

NEW YORK (AP) - The Waterford crystal ball is ready for its New Year's close-up.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More Monarchs return to Mexico, but now face cold

PIEDRA HERRADA, Mexico (AP) - More Monarch butterflies appear to have made the long flight from the U.S. and Canada to their winter nesting ground in western Mexico, raising hopes after their number dropped to a record low last year. But experts still fear that unusual cold temperatures will threaten the orange and black insects.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How wealth gap complicates sibling relationships

NEW YORK (AP) - When Jayson Seaver thinks about why he makes so much money while some Americans can't catch a break, he thinks of the sacrifices he's made, the jobs he worked to pay for college, the 12-hour days he spends at the office now.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: Gun deaths of officers jump 56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama golf game forces Army couple to move wedding

HONOLULU (AP) - A couple getting married near President Barack Obama's vacation spot in Hawaii learned the hard way that the big day rarely goes exactly as planned.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

December 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sex trafficking shelter filled with survivor tales

BALTIMORE (AP) - Squatting in the grass and squinting in the sun, 25-year-old Song takes in the scene: a greenhouse, a farm, rows of heirloom tomatoes, clusters of herbs and flowering zucchini, squash and cucumber plants.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chrysler recalls 67,000 pickup trucks

NEW YORK (AP) - Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could allow the trucks to be started without the clutch being depressed. Chrysler said one death is associated with the problem.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bears fire GM Phil Emery, coach Marc Trestman

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman on Monday, making sweeping changes after missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Being uninsured in America will cost you more

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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