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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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Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home price gains slow for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks move lower as tech, banks drag down market

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks turned negative Monday afternoon, dragged down by falling technology and bank companies that snuffed out investors' excitement about a potential blockbuster pharmaceutical deal.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | NATION/WORLD


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

PARIS (AP) - Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A year after background check defeat, modest goals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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