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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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Obama to visit Atlanta health center

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mayor Ford withdraws re-election bid

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, ending a campaign he had pursued despite a stint in rehab and persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals. But he said his brother would run in his place, saying "we cannot go backwards."

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge: Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Case worker: Dad overwhelmed before 5 kids killed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Auburn student aims to create apps for disabled

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - He still is in college, but Nick DiChiara already has been granted early access to a product that promises to change the way folks use computer technology.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Names of thousands read at 9/11 commemoration

NEW YORK (AP) - With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republican women face uphill fight this fall

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) - Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Larger iPhones and smartwatch unveiled

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones aren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch called the Apple Watch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Man broke into bar, took nap in kitchen

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police say a man broke into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table.

September 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Respiratory illness hits 100s of kids

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.

September 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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