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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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Disabled often banned from voting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand.

July 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Udall skipping Obama fundraiser for his campaign

DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will headline his first fundraiser for a Senate Democrat in danger of losing this fall - but the candidate, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, won't be by his side.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cat in central Florida goes wild; owner calls 911

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A 4-year-old Russian blue cat named Kush is being quarantined after apparently going berserk inside a central Florida home, prompting its owners to call 911.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona loses immigration driver's license dispute

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has dealt a new blow to Arizona in its series of immigration-related crackdowns, ruling that the state cannot deny driver's licenses to young immigrants who were allowed to stay in the U.S. under a 2012 Obama administration policy.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP-GfK Poll: Most voters choose a political party

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether it's the Republicans or the Democrats, America's political parties are far from beloved. Yet most people continue to align with one or the other.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope: Bishops will be accountable for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors and begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors.

July 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


John Williams to debut new version of US anthem

WASHINGTON (AP) - American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


you can watch tonight

BOSTON (AP) - The annual Boston Pops Fourth of July outdoor concert and fireworks show, one of the city's signature events, has been moved up a day because of potential heavy rain ahead of Hurricane Arthur.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 indicted in fatal Ga. train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Three people, including the director, have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew working on a movie about rocker Gregg Allman in southeast Georgia.

July 03, 2014 | RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US employers added robust 288k jobs in June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

July 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Today's political victories could vex GOP in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative Republicans claimed victory this week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.

July 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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