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White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's another political victory for the popular potato.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers with credit records - 42.9 million people - have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks slump as oil price drop sinks energy sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing sharply slower as another plunge in the price of oil dragged down the energy sector.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Harvard professor fights Chinese restaurant over $4

BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard Business School instructor is battling a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him $4 on a takeout order.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman will host his final "Late Show" next May 20.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FAA issues commercial drone permits

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

December 10, 2014 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House, where conservatives are unhappy because it fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy and many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments.

December 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end mostly lower; European markets sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are ending slightly lower, avoiding the sharp declines that occurred in Europe and China.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Policy snags hold up $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiators inched closer to agreement on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill on Tuesday, as House Republicans indicated they would advance several controversial policy provisions on a separate track.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A stain on Dianne Fienstein

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogations Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting suffering on prisoners beyond its legal limits and peddling unsubstantiated stories that the harsh questioning saved American lives.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama riffs on his presidency with Stephen Colbert

WASHINGTON (AP) - His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor and sitting behind Stephen Colbert's desk, he said, gives him a greater sense of power.

December 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Police: 5 to 15 people killed in Texas explosion

WEST, Texas (AP) - Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. police Sgt. arrested in McDonalds dispute

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta police sergeant accused of pulling a gun on a customer in a McDonalds drive-thru has been arrested.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall on signs of slowing global economy

NEW YORK (AP) - As evidence of a slowing global economy grows, investors are showing some caution just one week after U.S. stocks hit an all-time high.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ricin in Obama letter, odd packages scramble Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feds deny reports Boston suspect is arrested

BOSTON (AP) - Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in Boston on Wednesday amid conflicting reports of whether a suspect was in custody in the marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: former Atlanta schools chief is innocent

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for Beverly Hall says the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent is innocent and looks forward to having her day in court.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Guide to the Philadelphia abortion doc murder case

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies allegedly born alive at the abortion clinic he ran. A look at the facts in the case:

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Official: Suspect in custody in Boston bombings

BOSTON (AP) - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Wednesday in a breakthrough that came less than 48 hours after the deadly attack, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Braves LHP Avilan better, hopes to avoid DL

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves reliever Luis Avilan is feeling better after being carted off the field the previous night because of severe pain in his left leg.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal approved in Muslims' suit against McDonald's

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has finalized a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised food as prepared according to Islamic law.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Officials: 2nd letter to Senate tested for ricin

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has been intercepted and is being tested for poisonous ricin.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Secret Service: Suspicious letter mailed to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate vote nears, background check bill in peril

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Authorities recover pressure cooker lid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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