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New Congress convenes with GOP in charge

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Congress has convened with Republicans ready to take charge of the House and Senate.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge higher at open; oil extends decline

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Tuesday, after a big slump on Monday. The price of oil continued to slide and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell below 2 percent.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republican Jeb Bush forms 'Right to Rise' PAC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Jeb Bush is forming a political action committee as he moves closer to a prospective White House bid.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More women, minorities in new Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new 114th Congress counts more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white and male in the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay marriage ban ends in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bess Myerson, the 1st Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

OS ANGELES (AP) - The first Jewish Miss America, who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, has died. Bess Myerson was 90.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

Another plunge in the price of oil pushed stocks sharply lower on Monday. Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday. Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as oil slides, hurting energy stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower Monday, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil plunged again. The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies

Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bad barley crop won't affect beer prices

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews.

January 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st black elected US senator dies

BOSTON (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

January 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.

March 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training

WASHINGTON (AP) - As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.

March 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Universe ages 80M years; Big Bang gets clearer

PARIS (AP) - New results from a look into the split second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought but the core concepts of the cosmos - how it began, what it's made of and where it's going - seem to be on the right track.

March 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. jobless rate hits lowest level since early '09

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped 8.6 percent, its lowest level in the past four years.

March 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge strikes down section of GA immigration law

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has permanently struck down a section of Georgia's 2011 law targeting illegal immigration that makes it illegal for someone to knowingly harbor or transport an illegal immigrant.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chairman: Ga. Senate will back $100 lobbying cap

ATLANTA (AP) - The Senate will propose a $100 cap on lobbyist expenditures, not an outright ban, creating a conflict with House lawmakers in the waning days of the General Assembly's annual session, a leading Senate Republican said Wednesday.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart expands test of mobile checkout program

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding a test of a new checkout program that allows shoppers to scan items with their smartphones and then pay at self-checkout terminals.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate set to approve huge 2013 spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a shutdown later this month.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House OKs lower alcohol limits for boat operators

ATLANTA (AP) - Reacting to high-profile deaths on Lake Lanier, the Georgia House of Representatives has approved a proposal to lower the allowable blood-alcohol limits for hunters and anyone driving a water vessel in the state.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pa. school asks students to cut back on body spray

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school wants its students to cut back on the body spray.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

U.S. stocks rose strongly Wednesday ahead of a decision by the Federal Reserve about whether to push ahead with aggressive measures to boost the economy.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. House drops guns in bars, churches

ATLANTA (AP) - Guns would not be allowed by default in bars and churches, though they could be carried on college campuses under a bill backed by House lawmakers.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Commander: Contingency plans under way for Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad's regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Assault weapons ban won't be in Dems' gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sponsor of a proposed assault weapons ban says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told her that the ban will not be part of the initial gun control measure the Senate will debate next month.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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