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Challenge to Obamacare on contraceptives rejected

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge to Obamacare that would have enabled non-profit religious organizations to avoid government-approved contraception programs.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Civil rights figure: US divided by race again

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks flit between gains and losses in afternoon

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Thursday amid generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. Energy stocks tumbled as the price of oil fell to a four-year low.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart sales perk up before holiday

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement in the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tiger on loose near Disneyland Paris

PARIS (AP) - French police are using a helicopter to search for a young tiger which was said to be on the loose near Disneyland Paris.

November 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower after five record closes

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are ending mostly lower, breaking a string of five record high closes.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


European spacecraft lands on comet

Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Workers rescued from World Trade Center

NEW YORK (AP) - Two window washers were trapped for more than an hour Wednesday on scaffolding dangling 69 stories up the side of 1 World Trade Center before firefighters were able to cut through the new skyscraper's glass and pull them to safety.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Public to comment on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A proposed first-in-the-nation ban on sales of all tobacco and nicotine products has bitterly divided this small community, and health officials are bracing for an onslaught of opinions as they consider the move.

November 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missouri governor outlines Ferguson preparations

WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


America marks Veterans Day with parades, freebies

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks eke out small gain to close at record

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market eked out another all-time high on Tuesday, but the gains were slight as investors awaited more news to give them an indication about the strength of the economy.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama inflames divisive debate on 'net neutralit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

November 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The South: Solid once again _ for Republicans

ATLANTA (AP) - With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US economy adds 155K jobs in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House OKs $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two months after Superstorm Sandy struck, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by the storm.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandy Hook students return to class

MONROE, Conn. (AP) - The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

Classes resumed for the first time since last month's shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House re-elects Boehner speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of their own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

The 113th Congress convened at 12 noon EST, the constitutionally mandated time, with pomp, pageantry and politics on both sides of the Capitol.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, while the Kremlin's children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


U.S. tries to make producing coins cheaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

December 20, 2012 | JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State Dept security chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benghazi review slams State Dept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


12/21 sparks dread, celebration

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Company that made gun used in shooting to be sold

The company that makes one of the weapons used to kill elementary school children in Connecticut is being put up for sale by its owner, which called Friday's tragedy a "watershed event" in the debate over gun control.

December 18, 2012 | JOSHUA FREED and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Obama supports ban on assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 dead in Colorado murder-suicide

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities say at least four people have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Longmont in unincorporated Weld County.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newtown plans burials

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume - and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

The people of Newtown weren't yet ready to address the question just three days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the children and six adults ruthlessly slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Connecticut school shooter named

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

December 14, 2012 | PETE YOST, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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