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Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

BELL, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man with an extensive criminal record - he spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son - killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage Thursday at a home in a small Florida town outside of Gainesville.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Scotland votes to remain part of United Kingdom

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.

September 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Isakson-backed sunscreen bill advances

A Senate committee today unanimously passed legislation by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., that seeks to address a regulatory backlog that is blocking U.S. consumers from access to innovative sunscreens widely available in the rest of the world.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Food stamp cuts to only hit 4 states

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

September 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US military to send 3,000 to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hagel, Dempsey defend US plan to target extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stock market a wild card in fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy adds 146K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

December 07, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Consertative Sen. DeMint resigns

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite who has bucked party leaders to back challenges to centrist veterans he didn't view as conservative enough, said Thursday he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

December 06, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Egypt descends into political turmoil

CAIRO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US reacts with joy to royal baby news

An heir to the British throne is on the way - and Americans may be as enthralled as the Brits.

December 04, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Who won the jackpot?

CHICAGO - Powerball officials say tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record the record $579.9 million jackpot. Now the hunt for the winners begins.

November 29, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suit targets 'locator' chips in IDs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith - not to mention how it pinpoints her location, even in the school bathroom.

November 28, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Millions chase record $425M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second highest.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Home prices increase in major US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.

Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Prices also gained 3.6 percent in the July-September quarter compared with the same quarter in 2011.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama hails ceasefire

President Barack Obama is hailing a cease-fire agreement to end a week of deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

November 21, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Broadwell said to regret affair

Paula Broadwell is telling friends she is devastated by the fallout from her extramarital affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus, which led to his resignation as head of the CIA.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Palestinian toll climbs in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip on Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 94 and devastating several homes belonging to one clan as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel.

November 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Was national security threatened?

Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending David Petraeus' CIA career and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.

November 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sidewalk driving woman holds 'idiot' sign

A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.

November 13, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Petraeus' scandal widens

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sex scandal that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall widened Tuesday with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for thousands of alleged "inappropriate communications" with another woman involved in the case.

November 13, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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