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Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

December 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


An early stock market rally fizzles as oil sinks

NEW YORK (AP) - A rally on the stock market fizzled toward the end of trading as the price of oil sank.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


CIA chief defends agency's Bush-era record

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA Director John Brennan defended his agency Thursday from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspects with no security benefits to the U.S.

December 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Man mauled by 3 pit bulls during run, hospitalized

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say an Athens man is recovering from an estimated 20 bites after being attacked by three pit bulls.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate set to pass half-trillion dollar farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is poised to pass a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill Monday that would expand government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts in the food stamp program.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple revamps look of iPhone, iPad software

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


S&P upgrades US outlook, but investors yawn

NEW YORK (AP) - The Standard & Poor's ratings agency said Monday it's getting more optimistic about the U.S. economy. But investors just yawned.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists in Houston for annual meeting

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Houston for its annual meeting at a time when the denomination is contemplating a different cultural and political climate than a decade ago.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flood watch extended for much of north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A flash flood watch has been extended through late Monday afternoon for much of north Georgia.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man, wife dress as superheroes to patrol Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - A masked man and his wife who dress in superhero costumes say they're trying to fight crime by patrolling the streets of an Atlanta neighborhood.

June 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Big Brother is watching you

Internet companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google have vast amounts of data on you.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sotomayor gets another $1.9 million for memoir

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being a Supreme Court justice has not only been good for Sonia Sotomayor's legal career, it's also helped her bank account.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman shoots at vehicles near Calif. college

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California hospital says it has received three Santa Monica shooting victims, including two in critical condition.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


500 years later, theological debate still simmers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The debate over the Christian concept of Calvinism is about 500 years old. That's not stopping it from causing division in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas actress arrested in ricin case

DALLAS (AP) - A pregnant Texas actress who told FBI agents her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested for allegedly sending the letters herself, law enforcement officials said Friday.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GA on pace to spend $35 million on private lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Records show that Georgia is on pace to spend nearly $35 million on private lawyers to do work for its departments and agencies rather than state attorneys.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 sentenced in prostitution ring get 20+ years

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two Atlanta men who ran a prostitution ring that employed underage girls and stretched from Maryland to Florida have been sentenced to 25 and 20 years in prison.

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama defends phone data collection program

June 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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