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US stocks end little changed as Greek debt meeting begins

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks closed effectively flat in quiet trading Wednesday as investors waited to see what the outcome would be of an emergency meeting between Greece and the rest of the eurozone to discuss the country's finances.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Celebrated Little League team stripped of championship title

CHICAGO (AP) - A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

BEIJING (AP) - The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

DALLAS (AP) - Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Shots fired at Ky. school, 1 hurt

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville police say they have arrested a juvenile in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder, hours after the woman's body was discovered in a shallow grave.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


PayPal goes mobile, to split from eBay in 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) - When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


ATM fees keep climbing, survey says

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks head lower, following drops overseas

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market slid lower to start the week, following declines in European markets.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

WASHINGTON (AP) - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

September 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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