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Confidence among US homebuilders slips in October

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. homebuilders' confidence fell in October after four months of gains which had pushed the indicator to the highest point in nine years.

October 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

October 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barbie's star fades, dragging on Mattel in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) - Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.

October 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fear rises in stock market as Dow drops 400 points

Fear is spreading in the stock market.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

NEW YORK (AP) - Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to watch "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CNN cuts end Mitchell's show on HLN

NEW YORK (AP) - Jane Velez-Mitchell and her staff have been laid off due to budget cuts at CNN, ending her nightly program on the HLN network.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Syria-Iraq fight gets name: "Inherent Resolve"

WASHINGTON (AP) - It may be less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East -- remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks on Saddam Hussein's occupation army -- but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks swoon, extending losses; Bond prices soar

Stocks are falling sharply as traders dump risky assets and park their money in investments seen as relatively safe, such as U.S. government bonds.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2nd Texas health worker with Ebola was on flight

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are alerting airline passengers who were on the same flight as a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola the next day.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2nd person tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - Officials in Dallas say the second health care worker who has tested positive for Ebola was in isolation within 90 minutes of taking her temperature.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas dept.: 2nd person tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cops: Boy, 10, fatally beat woman, 90, in her bed

TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Catholic bishops take distance from gay document

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama waiting for midterm to name AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is waiting until after the midterm election to nominate an attorney general.

October 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

NEW DELHI (AP) - American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Book series continues 'Frozen' adventures

NEW YORK (AP) - The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of "Frozen" fame will continue, at least on paper.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama interrupting summer vacation with trip to DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday - but don't bring any candles to the party, please.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

NEW YORK (AP) - Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," ''Mad Men," ''Survivor" and "Masters of Sex."

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq welcomes US aid to stranded civilians

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Major provisions of veterans health care bill

A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


eport: Russia to block US agricultural imports

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products from the United States.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

DORSET, Minn. (AP) - Robert "Bobby" Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nixon tapes released on resignation's anniversary

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.

August 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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