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Feds propose multi-pronged plan to bolster decline in bees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.

May 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks close higher for a third day; Dow, S&P at records

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market crept to a record high in a quiet session on Monday.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the use of militarized gear by local police departments can give the public the feeling that law enforcement is like "an occupying force."

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Battle over Florida boy's circumcision enters federal court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Arguments that a Florida boy's impending circumcision amounts to a constitutional issue are being seen with skepticism as a federal judge weighs whether to proceed with the case.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k) retirement plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The liquid is dark red, a mixture of fat and blood, and Dr. Mark Berman pumps it out of the patient's backside. He treats it with a chemical, runs it through a processor - and injects it into the woman's aching knees and elbows.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks ease, bringing S&P 500 back below record high

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks indexes are edging lower in early trading as the market comes off its latest record high.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Health law tax passed along to states

EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks flat in afternoon trading a day after record

Major U.S. stock indexes veered between small gains and losses in late-afternoon trading Friday. Investors were weighing new economic data and the latest corporate earnings news. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

BOSTON (AP) - A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a "kid" who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney to fight Holyfield in the ring

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City on Friday night.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edged lower in early trade a day after record

U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading Friday, a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 index notched a new high. Investors were digesting mixed data on U.S. manufacturing and the latest corporate earnings news. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as a slide in oil prices deepened.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why I skipped the bank and took out a loan from my 'peers'

NEW YORK (AP) - When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans.

May 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Senate set to send farm bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation's farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

February 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After tough January, stock extend slide

For stock investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Philip Seymour Hoffman fans mourn, tout his talent

NEW YORK (AP) - He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors.

February 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

January 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prosecutors seek execution of marathon suspect

BOSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.

January 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republicans say Obama can't do much without them

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama's vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't help him create jobs and narrow the nation's yawning income gap, insisting he'll accomplish little in a divided government without them.

January 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Winter storm causes wrecks, gridlock in the South

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Cities rolled out snow plows that hardly ever leave the garage, a hardware store sold feed scoops for use as snow shovels and alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp burrowed into mud to stay warm Tuesday as a winter storm brought snow, ice and brutal cold to the Deep South, a part of the country more accustomed to hurricanes.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


President's State of the Union tonight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenging lawmakers, President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday night in his State of the Union address that he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to both parties and the balance of power in Congress.

January 28, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southerners warned of icy mess in days ahead

ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, residents stocked up on fuel and groceries, schools and offices closed, and road crews were at the ready as a storm moved in Tuesday from the central U.S., threatening to bring snow, ice and subzero temperatures to a region more accustomed to air conditioners and sunscreen than parkas and shovels.

January 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Three dead in Maryland mall shooting

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, sending store employees and customers scrambling for cover. Police said three people died, including the person believed to be the shooter. Five people were injured, none seriously.

January 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP leaders shorten presidential nominating season

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders overwhelmingly voted Friday to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other.

January 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock Market down again

Fear is back in the market. Investors are fretting about China's growth, a plunge in Argentina's peso and the profit outlook for U.S. companies.

January 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall on US earnings, weak China report

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are falling broadly Thursday after earnings and forecasts from several companies disappointed investors. A survey from China, a major driver of global growth, suggested that manufacturing in the world's second-largest economy was contracting.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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