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Stocks flit between gains and losses in afternoon

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Thursday amid generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. Energy stocks tumbled as the price of oil fell to a four-year low.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart sales perk up before holiday

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement in the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tiger on loose near Disneyland Paris

PARIS (AP) - French police are using a helicopter to search for a young tiger which was said to be on the loose near Disneyland Paris.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower after five record closes

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are ending mostly lower, breaking a string of five record high closes.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


European spacecraft lands on comet

Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Workers rescued from World Trade Center

NEW YORK (AP) - Two window washers were trapped for more than an hour Wednesday on scaffolding dangling 69 stories up the side of 1 World Trade Center before firefighters were able to cut through the new skyscraper's glass and pull them to safety.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Public to comment on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A proposed first-in-the-nation ban on sales of all tobacco and nicotine products has bitterly divided this small community, and health officials are bracing for an onslaught of opinions as they consider the move.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missouri governor outlines Ferguson preparations

WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


America marks Veterans Day with parades, freebies

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks eke out small gain to close at record

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market eked out another all-time high on Tuesday, but the gains were slight as investors awaited more news to give them an indication about the strength of the economy.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama inflames divisive debate on 'net neutralit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The South: Solid once again _ for Republicans

ATLANTA (AP) - With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VA vows focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its many websites.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks, at record levels, edge higher

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks edged higher on Monday, led by gains in health care stocks, keeping the market at record levels. Home builders got a lift after Toll Brothers said that its revenue rose 29 percent in the most recent quarter.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Italian election inconclusive; global markets drop

ROME (AP) - Italy emerged from elections Tuesday with no clear winner, driving markets around the world markedly lower as investors worried that one of Europe's biggest economies would be unable to build a governing coalition that can stay the course on unpopular austerity measures.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry pushes trans-Atlantic free trade in Germany

BERLIN (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushed Tuesday for a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe, saying it is a priority for President Barack Obama's second term that would help create jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More Obama scare tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it's a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Organizers cancel this year's Redneck Games

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of the Redneck Games, a Georgia festival that includes competitions such as toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops, say this summer's event is being canceled.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drop in Taliban attacks incorrect

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan is acknowledging that its report of a decline last year in Taliban attacks was incorrect. Officials say corrected figures will show no decline.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bork: Nixon offered next high court vacancy in '73

WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert Bork says President Richard Nixon promised him the next Supreme Court vacancy after Bork complied with Nixon's order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate panel sets gun bill plans but delay likely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced plans Monday for his panel to start voting later this week on an assault weapons ban and other gun curbs, but that session is widely expected to be delayed a week.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks drop as Italy heads for political disarra

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks had their worst drop in more than three months as the prospect of political paralysis in Italy raised the specter of Europe's debt crisis flaring up again.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sotomayor criticizes prosecutor for racial remark

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday publicly criticized a federal prosecutor for what she called "a racially charged remark" during a drug trial.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ikea withdraws meatballs in Europe, 21 nations hit

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stopping use of term 'Negro' for census surveys

WASHINGTON (AP) - After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Education Department announced $15m for AmeriCorps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing a $15 million program to send AmeriCorps volunteers into schools to try to reduce the dropout rate.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks little changed; Barnes & Noble, Hertz jump

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were little changed on Wall Street Monday as investors followed developments in Italy's closely contested elections.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama urges Congress to 'compromise' on cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Congress can keep across-the-board cuts from taking effect with "just a little bit of compromise."

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Town tries to scare birds with water tower carcass

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia town plans to adorn its water tower with a buzzard carcass -- and it's not an attempt to attract tourists.

February 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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