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Gay marriage ban ends in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.

January 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bess Myerson, the 1st Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

OS ANGELES (AP) - The first Jewish Miss America, who parlayed her stunning 1945 victory into national celebrity, has died. Bess Myerson was 90.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

Another plunge in the price of oil pushed stocks sharply lower on Monday. Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday. Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Big threat for Obama's climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to move fast and forcefully to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as oil slides, hurting energy stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower Monday, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil plunged again. The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies

Stuart Scott, the longtime "SportsCenter" anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.

January 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bad barley crop won't affect beer prices

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews.

January 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st black elected US senator dies

BOSTON (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

January 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt to punish North Korea for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the U.S.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New diet guidelines might pull back from meat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where's the beef?

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 men see snout, free moose buried in avalanche

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 officers, suspect shot in W.Va. highway shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes open 2015 on a strong note

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening the year on a strong note, but energy stocks slipped as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Services send mystery boxes of socks, sex toys

NEW YORK (AP) - Sex toys. French films. Star Wars action figures. Erotic photos.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wags and barks speak volumes when talking to dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages?

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Forecasters warn of thick fog blanketing Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of dense fog that could create hazardous driving conditions in Georgia.

December 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home prices rise just 0.2 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year

December 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

December 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less - by drone.

December 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bad Weather

An icy storm that started in the West and is blamed in at least 10 fatal accidents was bringing a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas on Monday as it trudged eastward in the run-up to Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reverent memorials mark JFK 50th anniversary

DALLAS (AP) - A half dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin as the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff in one of several solemn ceremonies planned Friday to mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

November 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-AP writer recalls serving as Oswald pallbearer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - On a gloomy November afternoon, I helped carry the inexpensive wooden casket of Lee Harvey Oswald to a grave on a slight rise dotted with dying grass.

November 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Too fat to fly: Stranded Frenchman's ordeal ending

LONDON (AP) - He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missouri executes serial killer Franklin

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.

November 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Revenge porn' victims press for new laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - Annmarie Chiarini's long-distance boyfriend was goading her to pose nude. The pictures would be for his eyes only, Chiarini recalls him saying, because she was so beautiful and because he missed her so much. He promised, she said, they would be stored on a compact disc and hidden in his drawer.

November 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger sentenced to life

BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at 84 for his murderous reign over the city's underworld in the 1970s and '80s, accepting his punishment with stone-faced silence even as a judge castigated him for his "almost unfathomable" depravity.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio delays inmate's execution over organ donation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor delayed the execution of a condemned child killer to consider the inmate's unprecedented organ donation request, acknowledging that it's "uncharted territory" but expressing hope that the man might help save a life before losing his own.

November 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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