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Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift as company earnings news comes in mixed

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were wavering between small gains and losses in early trading Tuesday as investors looked over the latest company earnings reports. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell after the company said a shortage of pork meat was affecting its results, while KFC and Taco Bell owner Yum Brands rose after reporting higher global sales. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dr. Oz: We will not be silenced

NEW YORK (AP) - Vowing that "we will not be silenced," television's Dr. Oz is fighting back against critics who are trying to get him removed from a faculty position at Columbia University.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandra Bullock named People's 'Most Beautiful Woman'

NEW YORK (AP) - People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" for 2015.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes slip as company earnings roll in

NEW YORK (AP) - Major U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower Tuesday as big companies turned in a mixed batch of earnings results.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open broadly higher as company earnings impress

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as more companies turn in healthy earnings reports.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A plan to make the Bible the official state book in Tennessee derailed Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate sent the measure back to a committee, effectively killing it this year.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks struggle higher in afternoon; Netflix, Etsy soar

NEW YORK (AP) - Major stock indexes flipped from losses to gains Thursday afternoon following a rebound in crude oil prices. Major markets in Europe finished with losses amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Congress passes bill to repeal estate tax

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill that would repeal the federal tax on estates.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower in early trading; Netflix soars

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower as more companies report earnings.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday

Rising corporate profits and a jump in oil prices helped push the stock market to a modest gain on Wednesday. Delta and Intel led the way up after turning in results that beat Wall Street's forecasts.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chimp Tushi turns drone-buster in Dutch Burgers' Zoo

ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) - Beware! Chimp Tushi at the Dutch Burgers' Zoo is a real drone-buster.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rising oil and energy stocks push market higher at midday

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising oil prices and stronger earnings from big U.S. companies are pushing the stock market higher at midday.

April 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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'The Weed Fairy' visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


41 charged in deer insurance scam

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SF ISO ambitious charmer; SM seeks amusing looker

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who said the dating game was logical?

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court rules for death-row inmates with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed.

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First lady responds to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

May 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

May 23, 2014 | ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Students nabbed for releasing crickets

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Several students will be disciplined for releasing hundreds of crickets in a western Pennsylvania high school as a senior prank.

May 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man stole bread truck, made deliveries

NEW YORK (AP) - A man stole a New York City bread truck and began delivering loaves of savory baked goods to random businesses, the bakery's owner said Thursday.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Perdue, Kingston to face off in Ga. Senate runoff

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue have advanced to a Republican runoff in Georgia's hotly contested Senate race, which will eventually help determine which party controls Congress.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP's U.S. Primary Election roundup

TOP OF THE TICKET

May 20, 2014 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Swipe right for Ms. Right: The rise of dating apps

NEW YORK (AP) - So, a lady walks into a bar...Wait, scratch that. A lady takes out her phone. With a left swipe of her finger she dismisses Alex, 25 and Robert, 48. She swipes right when a photo of James, 24, pops up. It's a match. James had swiped right too. They chat, and make plans to meet. They're only three miles apart, after all.

May 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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