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American held in Syria freed after 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Invasive insect threatens Fla. citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

August 25, 2014 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Activist girl's dad vows she'll return

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman vowed Thursday that she would return home after finishing medical treatment abroad despite new insurgent threats against her.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


U.S. sues Bank of America

NEW YORK (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Countrywide Financial, which was later bought by Bank of America, churned out mortgage loans from 2007 to 2009 without making sure that borrowers could afford them.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Not yet released films get awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven't been released yet.

October 23, 2012 | SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer | NATION/WORLD


AP Analysis: Romney acts like front-runner

An AP News Analysis; WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election Day, two weeks from now.

October 23, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama, Romney dash to the finish line

Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish.

October 23, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Candidates to talk foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and final debate with each man eager to project an aura of personal strength and leadership while raising doubts about the steadiness and foreign policy credentials of the other guy.

Each is aiming for a commanding performance Monday to settle the seesaw dynamics of the first two debates: Romney gave Obama an old-fashioned shellacking in the first round, and the chastened president rebounded in their second encounter.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Salon attack suspect had abuse history

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A man suspected of opening fire at a Wisconsin salon where his wife worked, killing three women and wounding four others, had a history of domestic abuse and had been arrested for slashing his wife's tires a few weeks earlier, police said.

It wasn't clear if Radcliffe Franklin Haughton's wife was among the victims in Sunday's shooting at the spa in Brookfield, a middle-to-upper class suburb west of Milwaukee. Haughton, 45, shot himself to death at the salon, police said.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NYC terror suspect picked hard target

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting a high-ranking government official and the New York Stock Exchange before authorities say he raised the bar by picking one New York City's most fortified sites: The Federal Reserve.

October 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FACT CHECK: Stumbles in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style presidential debate, the facts took something of a beating Tuesday night.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Zumba prostitution case names released

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 debate left for pres. candidates

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Two alphas in the fight of their lives, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Social Security benefits to go up 1.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

October 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VP debate tees up closing issues

In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

October 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Yemen security chief killed at US Embassy

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

October 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya military team: security weak

The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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