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Late surge in the energy sector leaves stock indexes higher

NEW YORK (AP) - A late rally led by energy companies pushed U.S. stock indexes to a higher close.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


nalysis: Obama challenges GOP again, this time with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - With higher taxes on the wealthy and billions in new spending, President Barack Obama's no-balance budget lays down an audacious challenge to Republicans who swept to full control of Congress last fall and now claim a mandate to eliminate deficits over the next decade.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What do 500 dates feel like? Ask humorist Mark Miller

NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Miller has survived 19 years of online dating since his 1995 divorce, yet he still has a smile on his face.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pennsylvania groundhog 'forecasts' 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Groundhog 'sees' 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Messages of support for Whitney Houston's daughter

ATLANTA (AP) - Messages of support were being offered Monday as people awaited word on singer Whitney Houston's daughter, who authorities say was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub over the weekend in a suburban Atlanta townhome.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rules are coming on payday loans to shield borrowers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt.

February 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is sagging at the close as investors weigh a slowdown in the U.S. economy and corporate earnings.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woods posts 82, highest score of his pro career

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

WASHINGTON (AP) -

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy slows to 2.6% growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US stocks move higher in abbreviated trading day

Stocks are moving slightly higher a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day

CHICAGO (AP) - Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with anticipated Christmas Eve snow around the Great Lakes states and heavy rain expected along the East Coast.

December 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Salvation Army: Boston jewelry gifts 'contagious'

BOSTON (AP) - What started with a widow quietly dropping her wedding rings into a Salvation Army donation kettle has spawned spontaneous acts of jewelry generosity this holiday season.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Frozen' is named top entertainer of the year by AP

NEW YORK (AP) - If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won't come as much of a shock: It's "Frozen," and in 2014, we just couldn't let it go.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

New York police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the final act in a rampage that began when he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend at her home outside Baltimore, then made threatening posts online, including a vow to put "wings on pigs" and references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men. After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.

December 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

OWSON, Md. (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police departments on alert after cop killings

NEW YORK (AP) - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are edging higher as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

December 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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