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Obama to reduce FHA mortgage premium rate to spur buying

WASHINGTON (AP) - First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise, breaking a string of losses, as oil steadies

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is closing higher, ending a five-day losing streak, as investors cheered a slight upturn in the price of oil and hoped for more stimulus for Europe's struggling economy.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tobacco companies on Wednesday accused a federal judge of forcing them to inaccurately describe themselves as unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the public.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP tries to regroup after divisive speaker vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans began the new Congress with old divisions on display Wednesday, bitter fallout from a failed rebellion against Speaker John Boehner.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay advocates assail new TV show 'My Husband's Not Gay'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Preston "Pret" Dahlgren has led what might seem like a picture-perfect Mormon life: He met his high school sweetheart in Sunday school as a teenager, completed his mission and married her. He is active in the church and the proud father of two young daughters.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


McConnell blasts veto threat, asks Obama to work with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House rule sets up election-year battle over Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Buried in new rules that will govern the House for the next two years is a provision that could force an explosive battle over Social Security's finances on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tail of crashed AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the jet's all-important black boxes are located in that part of the aircraft.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI to question 100s of patients after Texas clinic shooting

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The FBI plans to question hundreds of patients who may have witnessed a shooting at a West Texas veterans' clinic that left two people dead, including the suspected gunman, the agency said.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tail of crashed AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the jet's all-important black boxes are located in that part of the aircraft.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Charlie Hebdo shootings Europe's latest deadly terror attack

A gun assault on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday was the deadliest terrorist attack in France's recent history. Some other terror attacks in Western Europe:

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CDC: Alcohol poisoning kills 6 a day, mostly middle-aged men

NEW YORK (AP) - To the surprise of even health officials, it turns out that most deaths from drinking too much involve middle-aged adults - not teens or college kids.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gets 2 years for corruption

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking money and gifts in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement while he was in office.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


S&P 500 falls below 2,000; oil extends decline, bonds rally

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, bonds rallied and the price of oil continued to fall.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House re-elects Boehner as speaker over tea party opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US to investigate Ferguson police

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department plans a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said.

September 04, 2014 | ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lea Thompson, Chong named to 'Dancing

NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Lea Thompson, "Duck Dynasty" diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip are making tracks for the new season of "Dancing With the Stars."

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Milennials less trusting than Gen X

CHICAGO (AP) - They're often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they're still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today's youth are often more skeptical of the country's institutions than the young generations that preceded them.

September 04, 2014 | MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer | NATION/WORLD


Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings

BERLIN (AP) - Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Miranda Lambert earns record-tying 9 CMA noms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.

September 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay group to march in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade have agreed to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time, making an exception for a group of employees from NBC, the network televising the event.

September 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5 things to know about driving on marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) - The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


22 trapped gold miners rescued

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) - Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.

August 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Daughter: Joan Rivers is in 'serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stewart says Ward's death will affect him forever

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

NEW YORK (AP) - Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 tank column from Russia enter Ukraine

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) - Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country Thursday as Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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