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US economy barely grew in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday as investors worked through another large batch of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results. Twitter plunged nearly 20 percent after its results, which were released unexpectedly early, missed analysts' marks.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regions Bank fined $7.5 million for illegal overdraft fees

NEW YORK (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Regions Bank $7.5 million for illegally charging customers for overdraft protection.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Too many troubling police interactions with blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As National Guard troops responded to rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens across American in what he called "a slow-rolling crisis." But he said there was no excuse for rioters to engage in senseless violence.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks open mostly higher; Health care rebounds

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly higher as the health care sector rebounds from a slump the day before.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge up at midday as investors wait for Apple results

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are barely higher at midday as investors look ahead to Apple's results later today and a meeting by the Federal Reserve on interest rates.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth

NEW YORK (AP) - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

DALLAS (AP) - For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


UF fraternity accused of insulting vets

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch is promising a fresh relationship with law enforcement - and with Congress - as she appears before a Senate committee Wednesday in her bid to become the nation's first female attorney general.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After being hit by car Tampa cat crawls back from grave

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - A man answering a Craigslist ad from a couple who wanted to buy a 1966 Mustang robbed, shot and killed the husband and wife when they traveled several hours to buy the classic car, a sheriff said Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Slide in US stocks slows in afternoon trading

U.S. stocks were headed for a lower close in late-afternoon trading Tuesday after Caterpillar and other big companies reported disappointing earnings and lowered earnings outlooks, raising concerns about future profit growth. The major stock indexes pared back some of their losses from earlier in the day.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jewish leader issues warning on anniversary

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) - A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Holy mackerel! Belfast warned not to eat free fish

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach.

January 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks eke out small gains after drifting most of the day

U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Opening statements have begun in a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America that could bring years of so-called perversion files into the public eye.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Church of England consecrates first female bishop

LONDON (AP) - Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs

CHICAGO (AP) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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