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Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices - for the oil industry and for the economy.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama and the Midterms: What's at stake?

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Poll: Many insured struggle with medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured U.S. adults say they don't have much confidence in their ability to pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola

ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former 'SNL' cast member Jan Hooks dies at age 57

NEW YORK (AP) - Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jan Hooks has died.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Global stocks sink after Wall Street plunge

BANGKOK (AP) - Global stock markets sank Friday after Wall Street suffered its worst day of the year and worries grew that a decline in German growth could push Europe toward another recession.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Modiano wins Nobel for works about Nazi occupation

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Patrick Modiano of France, who has made a lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effects on his country, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for what one academic called "crystal clear and resonant" prose.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US wholesale stockpiles climbed to .7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks solidly higher after Fed minutes release

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market moved sharply higher Wednesday as investors reacted to the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, which showed that the Fed is reluctant to raise interest rates any time soon.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st U.S. Ebola patient has died

DALLAS (AP) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US agents to observe travelers for Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. They did not provide immediate details or say what specific measures would be taken.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NY court to hear arguments that chimps have rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York appeals court is hearing a novel legal effort to have chimpanzees declared "persons" rather than "things" so the animals can be freed from what critics say are inhumane conditions.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Global economic growth worries send stocks lower

TOKYO (AP) - Global stocks dipped Wednesday as pessimism about global growth spread following a decline on Wall Street overnight and a strengthening yen, which dampened prospects for export-oriented Japan.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Larger iPhones and smartwatch unveiled

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones aren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch called the Apple Watch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Man broke into bar, took nap in kitchen

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police say a man broke into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Respiratory illness hits 100s of kids

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


William, Kate expecting second child

LONDON (AP) - Prince George is not going to be an only child for long - the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace.

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Young is new leader of Nat. Baptist Convention

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Jackson, Mississippi, pastor has been elected the new president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the largest group of black Christians in the United States.

September 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Plane with unresponsive pilot crashes

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A private U.S. plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed into the ocean north of the Caribbean island Friday after a journey of more than 1,400 miles.

September 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clinton: 2016 decision likely by early next year

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she will likely make a decision on whether to run for president around the beginning of 2015.

September 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.

September 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies

NEW YORK (AP) - Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

September 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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