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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


Mayor: Fire chief's termination based on judgment, not faith

ATLANTA (AP) - Religious groups have rallied to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, however Mayor Kasim Reed says his termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in his self-published religious book.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Virginians vote on jailed lawmaker's bid to keep his seat

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The writers of TV's "Scandal" would be hard-pressed to invent a client more difficult than "Fighting Joe" Morrissey, who campaigned from jail for Tuesday's special election to fill the same seat he's resigning from in disgrace.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republicans press attacks on Obama agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defiant congressional Republicans attacked President Barack Obama's agenda from all sides Tuesday, ignoring his veto threats and pushing bills to uproot his policies on immigration and Wall Street, force approval of a long energy pipeline he opposes and make him justify any new federal rules before he makes them.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites back online

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Twitter and YouTube sites for the U.S. military's Central Command are back online after being taken over by hackers claiming to support the Islamic State militant group, and Pentagon officials are reviewing some security protocols in the wake of the breach.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oil dips below $45 as OPEC signals no cuts

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has dipped below $45 a barrel following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn't plan to cut production.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio State claims title in playoff's debut

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ohio State was done when Braxton Miller got hurt in August.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Divers retrieve 2nd black box from AirAsia crash

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - Divers retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea on Tuesday, giving experts essential tools to piece together what brought Flight 8501 down.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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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


Shots fired on Los Angeles police car; no one hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car, but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics.

December 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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