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Obama clears the way for hostages' families to pay ransom

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. government will better address the needs of families whose loved ones are held hostage overseas.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama clears the way for hostages' families to pay ransom

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. government will better address the needs of families whose loved ones are held hostage overseas.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As SC honors church victims, Alabama lowers its flags

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Confederate battle flag was still flying high atop a 30-foot pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to honor their beloved black colleague with a viewing in the Rotunda.

June 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House bill aims for less e-cigarette regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.

June 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Roof to appear on 9 murder counts; Charleston seeks unity

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - As Dylann Storm Roof awaited his first hearing on nine charges of murder, the people of Charleston sought Friday to repudiate whatever a gunman would hope to accomplish by killing black community leaders inside one of the nation's most important African-American churches.

June 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP contenders condemn SC shooting as attack on faith

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential contenders are condemning the deadly shootings in South Carolina as an attack on faith, as they court religious activists in Washington.

June 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Across US, over 220 prison escapees listed as on the loose

NEW YORK (AP) - Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.

June 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

NEW YORK (AP) - Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.

June 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas repeals ban on deep fryers in schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It's about freedom, not the fries.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Charleston shooting suspect in custody

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says a suspect is in custody in the fatal shooting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

June 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jeb Bush 'slow jams' the news with Fallon

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican Jeb Bush "slow jammed" the news, told about meeting his wife, offered a guacamole recipe and oddly compared his presidential father and brother during a "Tonight" show appearance.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 boys rescue young children from burning home in Florida

OAKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two boys rescued two young children from a burning mobile home in central Florida.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia to get 40 new intercontinental missiles this year

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's military this year alone will receive over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

June 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jeb Bush faces challenges in '16 bid

MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington "out of the business of causing problems" and to stay true to his beliefs - easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply challenged.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Idina Menzel, John Legend to sing before Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - "Frozen" star Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona lawmakers wasted no time in pushing through their first priority of the 2015 legislative session, but the measure had nothing to do with the state's growing deficit and giant K-12 education shortfall.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Duke cancels plan for Muslim call to prayer from tower

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke University has canceled its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Belgium police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

NEW YORK (AP) - As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak bank results weigh on stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Disappointing results from Bank of America, Citigroup and other companies nudged the stock market lower Thursday. Target rose after the retailer announced plans to close down its stores in Canada.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Covington filmed 'Selma' up for Oscar

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while "Boyhood" remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove the stock market lower for a fourth day in a row. Investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds, sending yields plunging.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to renew push for paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for working parents.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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