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Russia's sinking economy becoming a global threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor - a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referenced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Robin Williams tops 2014 most Google searches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ruble slides to new low, Wall St. looking down

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Market participants were transfixed Tuesday by a stunning slide in the Russian ruble that presented President Vladimir Putin with one of the biggest challenges of his 15-year rule.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Search intensifies for gunman who killed 6

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide, extending decline, as oil slumps

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing lower, extending losses from last week.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Memories of financial crisis fading as risks rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from collective memory.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police storm Sydney cafe where hostages held

SYDNEY (AP) - A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on medical abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Gone with the Wind' premiere sparked tension

ATLANTA (AP) - Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie "Gone with the Wind," research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.

December 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dow drops more than 300 as oil continues to plunge

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing more than 300 points lower, its worst loss in two months.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stocks advance, pushing Dow toward 14,000

NEW YORK (AP) - Pfizer helped keep the stock market rally alive Tuesday. The drugmaker's stock gained after posting strong earnings, pushing the Dow closer to 14,000.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. island slave descendants fight huge tax hikes

DARIEN, Ga. (AP) - Slave descendants who own island property off the Georgia coast are fighting whopping tax increases that they say threatens one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities in the South.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Scouts' future uncertain if ban on gays is dropped

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's proposed move away from its no-gays membership policy has outraged some longtime admirers, gratified many critics and raised intriguing questions about the iconic organization's future.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas woman's execution halted; DA won't appeal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Dallas County prosecutors say they aren't appealing a state judge's decision to halt the scheduled Tuesday evening execution of a Texas woman.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks advance, pushing Dow toward 14,000

NEW YORK (AP) - Drugmaker Pfizer gave the Dow a lift on Tuesday after posting a strong earnings report. That helped push the index closer to 14,000.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: leafy greens top food poisoners

NEW YORK (AP) - A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former Ga. Gov. Perdue won't run for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Gov. Sonny Perdue won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Delta plans outdoor airport decks in Atlanta, NY

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines plans to open the airline's first-ever outdoor airport terraces at Delta Sky Clubs in Atlanta and New York.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate panel approves Kerry nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday swiftly and unanimously approved President Barack Obama's choice of Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

NEW YORK (AP) - A government study has fingered leafy green vegetables as the leading source of food poisoning illnesses.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mixed on Wall Street, indexes near highs

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were mixed on Wall Street, keeping the Standard & Poor's 500 close to its highest in more than seven years, as investors digested the latest round of earnings reports.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. House speaker to propose lobbyist gift ban

ATLANTA (AP) - A leading Republican will formally propose banning lobbyist gifts to Georgia state lawmakers.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Storms to bring wing gusts of up to 50 mph

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say severe storms will blow into Georgia on Wednesday, bringing wind gusts of up to 50 mph to northern parts of the state.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: States force jobless to pay needless fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group.

January 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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