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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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Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home price gains slow for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks move lower as tech, banks drag down market

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks turned negative Monday afternoon, dragged down by falling technology and bank companies that snuffed out investors' excitement about a potential blockbuster pharmaceutical deal.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | NATION/WORLD


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

PARIS (AP) - Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

April 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A year after background check defeat, modest goals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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