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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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Alabama lawyer blasts Ga. county over water use

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's lawyer in the ongoing water battle involving three states says a county that includes many of Atlanta's suburbs is taking more water than it is allowed.

November 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio man pops the question with pumpkins

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man got into the Halloween spirit by crafting a clever marriage proposal for his girlfriend.

November 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prosecutor reviewing facts in Ga. gym mat death

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A federal prosecutor said Thursday that he is conducting a formal review of facts and evidence in the death of a teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court blocks ruling on NY police stop-frisk policy

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. sex offenders to face Halloween restrictions

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles say sex offenders under state supervision will be subject to curfews for Halloween and, in some cases, required to report to a certain location during trick-or-treating hours.

October 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Party in style at the Fla.-Ga. game for $250

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Looking for a tailgate party for the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville? It could cost you $250.

October 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medicare chief apologizes for 'Obamacare' woes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration's malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.

October 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Jonas Brothers announce breakup

Nick, Joe and Kevin announced Tuesday they're ending their highly successful run. The news comes after the brothers abruptly canceled their tour over creative differences earlier this month.

October 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


JC Penny sales improving

NEW YORK (AP) - The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged toward another record high close Monday as good news from J.C. Penney helped offset disappointing earnings reports from some U.S. companies.

October 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Many students left school after losing HOPE grants

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.

October 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Garth Brooks plans live broadcast of one-man show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.

October 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Food stamps, milk prices on table in farm talks

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

October 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jackson's doctor released from jail after 2 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

October 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA proposes rules to make animal food safer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.

October 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jurors wanted child abuse charges against Ramseys

DENVER (AP) - Newly released court documents reveal that a 1999 grand jury indicted John Ramsey and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime, including murder.

October 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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