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How Obama action could affect retirement advice from brokers

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of a Washington dispute over investment advice, the Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts. The change would put brokers - who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments - under the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower, pulling Dow back from a record high

U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower, pulling the market back from an all-time high reached last week.

February 23, 2015 | Alec Smith | NATION/WORLD


Movie mumbles: The story behind the 'Interstellar' dialogue

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "What did they say?"

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock market opens with small declines

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is opening with small losses as financial and industrial companies fall the most.

February 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in

WASHINGTON (AP) - An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market opens lower as oil price sags near $50

NEW YORK (AP) - Oil and gas companies are pulling the U.S. stock market lower in early trading as crude oil sinks to around $50 a barrel.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice - a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart workers to get pay raises

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

February 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NY tourism site that urged visitors to go to Florida crashes

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A New York tourism office's suggestion that potential visitors should go to the Florida Keys instead has ended up crashing its website.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks pare losses after Fed minutes

NEW YORK (AP) - Declines in the U.S. stock market eased Wednesday afternoon after minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting showed that policy makers do not appear ready to raise interest rates anytime soon.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Recently discovered Dr. Seuss book coming out in July

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss.

February 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to monitor talks between Greece and its creditors in hopes that a deal will be reached to keep the country from falling out of the eurozone.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feds halting preparations for challenged immigration program

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes edge lower as markets reopen after holiday

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were lower in early trading Tuesday as investors continued to watch Greece's debt talks and hoped a deal would eventually be reached to keep the country from falling out of the eurozone.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

NEW YORK (AP) - Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

February 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ohio killer executed with new lethal drug combo

UCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscars with 10 nods each

The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with "Gravity," ''American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" all receiving a heap of nominations.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mass. monks brewing beer like European brothers

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) - For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Confederate street law questioned

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Steeped in Civil War history, the northern Virginia city of Alexandria is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Witness: shooter was a student

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A witness says the gunman in a school shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell was a student.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$75 million in claims filed after weather

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgians filed claims for an estimated $75 million in insured losses after temperatures in the region dropped well below freezing.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman offers beer, smokes as lost dog reward

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog - and it worked.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Proposed spy phone record shift draws resistance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Energy stocks lead a decline on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest drop in two months on Monday, led by a decline in energy stocks as the price of crude oil slumped. The retreat continued a weak start to the year on the U.S. stock market.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Unemployment bill remains stalled in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and Democrats are squabbling publicly over legislation to resurrect federal unemployment benefits, at the same time they privately discuss possible steps toward compromise.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southwest flight lands at wrong airport

A Southwest Airlines flight bound for the main airport in Branson, Mo., instead touched down at a much smaller nearby airfield that gave the pilots only half as much room to stop.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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