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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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Israelis expected to return Netanyahu to office

JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to win a third term Tuesday in the first election in decades in which the Mideast peace process didn't take center stage, with many Israelis focused more on economic woes than ending their conflict with the Palestinians.

January 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Matt Ryan has sprained shoulder, out of Pro Bowl

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama, first lady walk part of inaugural parade

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday emerged twice from their limousine to respond to wildly cheering crowds along the inaugural parade route from Capitol Hill to the White House.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kan. case reveals risks with assisted reproduction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The case of a Kansas sperm donor being sued by the state for child support underscores a confusing patchwork of aging laws that govern assisted reproduction in the United States and often lead to litigation and frustration among would-be parents.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Special interests gather for own inaugural parties

WASHINGTON (AP) - While most Americans caught distant glimpses of President Barack Obama's second inauguration festivities from their living room TVs and on the Internet, a privileged set of celebrities and special interests got pampered access Monday at exclusive soirees just blocks from the ceremonies.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 Americans die in Algeria attack, 7 survive

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three U.S. citizens were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, while seven Americans made it out safely, Obama administration officials said Monday.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Term II: US must help poor, elderly, Obama says

ASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

ATLANTA (AP) - The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nation to honor MLK Jr. as Obama is inaugurated

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday - the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama gets second swearing-in for second term

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama went to church on a sunny, historic Monday, launching a day of prayer, pledges and parties as the country celebrated its 57th presidential inauguration and he officially began his encore as chief executive.

January 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Abraham, Babineaux questionable for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says defensive end John Abraham and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux will be listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC title game against San Francisco.

January 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 American dead in Algerian standoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - One American worker at a natural gas complex in Algeria has been found dead, U.S. officials said Friday as the Obama administration sought to secure the release of Americans still being held by militants on the third day of the hostage standoff in the Sahara.

January 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks end week with gains; GE rises, Intel falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Better earnings from General Electric and Morgan Stanley helped the stock market inch higher Friday, as major indexes closed out their third straight week of gains.

January 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-New Orleans mayor Nagin charged with bribery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on charges that he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

January 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. officials nominate 7 to charter commission

ATLANTA (AP) - The State Board of Education has announced seven people have been appointed to the State Charter Schools Commission, which has the power to authorize charter schools.

January 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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