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Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy and many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end mostly lower; European markets sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower, avoiding the sharp declines that occurred in Europe and China.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Policy snags hold up $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiators inched closer to agreement on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill on Tuesday, as House Republicans indicated they would advance several controversial policy provisions on a separate track.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A stain on Dianne Fienstein

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogations Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting suffering on prisoners beyond its legal limits and peddling unsubstantiated stories that the harsh questioning saved American lives.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama riffs on his presidency with Stephen Colbert

WASHINGTON (AP) - His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor and sitting behind Stephen Colbert's desk, he said, gives him a greater sense of power.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Federal autopsy released in Ferguson shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal autopsy in the Ferguson police shooting reached similar conclusions to those performed by local officials and a private examiner hired by 18-year-old Michael Brown's family, documents show.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Honda adds 2.6M vehicles to air bag repair list

DETROIT (AP) - Honda plans to replace the replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S.

December 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Male military sex assault victims slow to complain

WASHINGTON (AP) - Greg Nelson had just turned 21 when he went out partying with friends in Southern California and got really drunk. So, when a man he didn't know offered to let him crash in a nearby apartment, his friends urged him to accept.

December 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

December 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Scott, Bale defend 'Exodus' casting

NEW YORK (AP) - The biblical film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has come under fire for white actors being cast in the main roles as Egyptians.

December 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Wis., Ind. to defend gay marriage bans

CHICAGO (AP) - The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier.

August 26, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.

August 26, 2014 | ELLEN KICKMEYER, Associated Press SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Soldier dies after shooting in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


Pentagon cites Chinese jet intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

August 22, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obama's vacation in line with average

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is criticized whenever he goes on vacation but travel industry data show he's taken about as much vacation this year as most Americans do.

August 22, 2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

August 22, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ice challenge may change nonprofits

NEW YORK (AP) - The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

August 22, 2014 | ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US workers with Ebola out of hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US existing home sales rise again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.

August 21, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | NATION/WORLD


Emmys: Billy Crystal to tribute Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military mulling more troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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