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Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Duke cancels plan for Muslim call to prayer from tower

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke University has canceled its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Belgium police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

NEW YORK (AP) - As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak bank results weigh on stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Disappointing results from Bank of America, Citigroup and other companies nudged the stock market lower Thursday. Target rose after the retailer announced plans to close down its stores in Canada.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Covington filmed 'Selma' up for Oscar

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while "Boyhood" remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove the stock market lower for a fourth day in a row. Investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds, sending yields plunging.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to renew push for paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for working parents.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican U.S. House voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Supreme Court rules on 'straw purchaser' law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SCOTUS: Illegal to buy gun for another

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

June 16, 2014 | BY SAM HANANEL | NATION/WORLD


Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

June 16, 2014 | BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer | NATION/WORLD


Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama on Iraq security: 'We can't do it for them'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Iraq's government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won't succeed in curbing the insurgency there.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


90-year-old ex-president to make parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students - especially poor and minority ones - by saddling them with bad teachers.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


update on shooting

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A gunman shot and killed a student Tuesday at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon shortly after classes started and was found dead himself as police arrived, authorities said.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman kills student in school shooting

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Social Security judges defended their work Tuesday amid accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash lacked sleep

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering a crash in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian had not slept for more than 24 hours, a criminal complaint said.

June 09, 2014 | DAVID PORTER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Student pepper-sprayed tackled gunman

SEATTLE (AP) - The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance.

June 06, 2014 | GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press PHUONG LE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Coke ad: it takes 23 min. to burn off

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.

June 06, 2014 | CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | NATION/WORLD


Senators reach deal on VA health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior senators have reached agreement for a bipartisan bill expanding veterans' ability to get government-paid medical care outside Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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