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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


US stocks fall as oil rout continues

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks dropped Friday as the rout in oil continued and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 officers shot near Atlanta; gunman sought

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Two police officers were shot in a gun battle Friday morning near the eastern edge of Atlanta, and a suspected gunman was being sought, police said.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found

BOSTON (AP) - It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles into the Atlantic Ocean as part of his work to track currents.

February 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Religious freedom a US diplomatic priority

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama tells a non-denominational gathering of political leaders that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - G.I. Joe is turning 50.

February 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Parents of teen found in gym mat sue funeral home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year inside a rolled-up gym mat at school are suing the funeral home that handled his body.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House conservatives rule out immigration this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama praises CVS for pulling tobacco from shelves

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is praising CVS Caremark for its decision to stop selling tobacco products at its drugstores.

February 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise in afternoon trading

Investors took advantage of lower prices to buy stocks, lifting the U.S. market on Tuesday in relatively light trading.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook rolls on on 10th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online.

February 04, 2014 | BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | NATION/WORLD


Health care law will mean fewer people on the job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Several million American workers will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate set to send farm bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation's farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After tough January, stock extend slide

For stock investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Philip Seymour Hoffman fans mourn, tout his talent

NEW YORK (AP) - He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

January 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prosecutors seek execution of marathon suspect

BOSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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