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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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'Dark day': Flags lowered for 19 dead firefighters

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - As the windblown blaze suddenly swept toward them, an elite crew of firefighting "hotshots" desperately rushed to break out their emergency shelters and take cover on the ground under the foil-lined fabric.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


iPhone sale leads to shootout at convenience store

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are investigating a shootout that began after a family set up a meeting to sell an iPhone 5 with someone they met through Facebook.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia child care ratings go public

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is unveiling its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona wildfire kills 19 members of elite crew

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sears, Penney sever ties with Paula Deen

NEW YORK (AP) - The exodus continues.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


6 charged in cockfighting arrests near Athens

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested six people in a raid on what authorities say was a cockfighting arena operating in someone's backyard near Athens.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sears Holdings severs ties with Paula Deen

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen just lost another business partner.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Carter: World religions perpetuate women's plight

ATLANTA (AP) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks flip between small gains and losses

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are flipping from gains to losses Friday on mixed economic news.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. group awarded federal grant to help veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that nearly $239,000 in grant funding has been allocated to an Atlanta nonprofit to help veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate passes immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High school seniors fare no better than in 1970s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than students did four decades ago, the government said in a report Thursday that was certain to renew concerns about U.S. schools.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators: Student loan interest rates to double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interest rates on new student loans are going to double because the Senate does not plan a vote before Monday's deadline.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Target cuts ties with Deen; drugmaker distances

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. said Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. Diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk also joined the companies distancing themselves from her.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deen book sales soar, new release No. 1 on Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen has been dropped by the Food Network and Wal-Mart, but book-buyers are standing by her.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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