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GOP makes final push for school lunch waiver

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama taps Carter to lead DOD

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dawn of Orion: NASA launches new era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bull's-eye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith of 3,604 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US adds 321,000 jobs, jobless rate stays 5.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Winfred Brown was celebrating his 89th birthday in February. At the same time, Ch

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes recovered most of their losses after news outlets reported that Europe's central bank is considering unveiling a stimulus package next month.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House passes $585 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted for a $585 billion defense bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military mission against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Horse trots into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

CHICAGO (AP) - Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House nears passage of $585B defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday headed toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White SC cop charged after shooting of black man

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 has been charged with murder, and his lawyer says prosecutors took advantage of national outrage toward police to get the indictment.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NASA scrubs Orion launch; another try Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine may be less effective

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Protests erupt after decision in chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) - The cellphone video of the last moments of Eric Garner's life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, "I can't breathe."

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks extend record run ahead of jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) - A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New drug, study method show breast cancer promise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Holiday shopping spree not for everyone

NEW YORK (AP) - Many Americans are watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


India's Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Some cancer treatments can be skipped

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer - which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation - without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Female libido drug remains in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The multi-decade search for a pill that boosts sexual desire in women has hit another roadblock, raising questions about the future of efforts to develop a female equivalent to Viagra.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How Volcker Rule would limit banks' risky bets

WASHINGTON (AP) - The rule that U.S. regulators approved Tuesday, after years of wrestling over its language, is designed to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Exec guilty over faulty French implants

MARSEILLE, France (AP) - A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will have to wait longer to discover if they will receive damages.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

HAVANA (AP) - It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Europe: Diet sweetener aspartame is safe in cola

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The European Food Safety Authority has found that the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe for people to consume at the levels currently used in diet soft drinks.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - Where does Santa Claus learn to chortle "Ho, ho, ho!" and listen to the wishes of children all over the world?

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The New Rich

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attorney confirms Wis. snuggle business has closed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - So much for snuggling in Wisconsin.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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