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First-time buyers face hurdles to homeownership this spring

Young people aspiring to buy their first home are already facing disappointment this year.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Twists in bond market drive key rate to 5-month high

NEW YORK (AP) - A key borrowing rate shot to a five-month high Tuesday morning, as traders around the world continued to sell off big government bonds.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower following weakness in Europe; AOL soars

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening lower following declines in European markets.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes edge lower; crude oil price slips

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing moderately lower as the market comes off its best day in two months.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mirror, mirror on the wall: Smart mirrors boost sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


George Zimmerman not seriously hurt after shooting

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A lawyer for George Zimmerman says his client wasn't seriously injured after being involved in a shooting in Florida.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More than 1K people mourn 2 slain officers in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - More than 1,000 people are attending a memorial for the two slain police officers who authorities say were gunned down in Hattiesburg over the weekend.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks barely budge in early trade following big gain Friday

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are barely budging in early trading as the market comes off its biggest gain in two months.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care

A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mississippi city mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP-GfK Poll: Doubts on court's fairness in health law case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people in the United States doubt that the Supreme Court can rule fairly in the latest litigation jeopardizing President Barack Obama's health care law.

May 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock jump the most since March following hiring gains in US

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest gain in two months after the U.S. government reported an encouraging pickup in hiring.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Anthony Geary leaving TV's 'General Hospital'

NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer's marriage to Laura in 1981 on "General Hospital" was the biggest moment in daytime television history, is leaving the soap opera after nearly three decades in the role.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5 things to know about the NSA court ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire.

May 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Education secretary says he backs annual testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that testing U.S. schoolchildren annually in math and reading is critical for measuring their educational progress, setting the stage for what is likely to be a contentious Capitol Hill debate on the federal role in education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


France hunts for attack accomplices, deploys 10,000 troops

PARIS (AP) - France ordered 10,000 troops into the streets Monday to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed as it hunted for the accomplices to the Islamic militants who left 17 people dead as they terrorized the nation.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In court and Congress, Obama's resistance to pipeline tested

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a double blow, the newly empowered Republican-led Congress and the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday undercut President Barack Obama's opposition to the long Keystone XL oil pipeline.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide following weak wage growth, oil price slump

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending lower after investors were discouraged by weak U.S. wage growth and another drop in the price of oil.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fidel Castro rumors sweep Internet, but no sign in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) - Social media around the world have been flooded with rumors of Fidel Castro's death, but there was no sign Friday that the reports were true, even if the 88-year-old former Cuban leader has not been seen in public for months.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspected terrorist killed; hostages free

Update 12:22 p.m.:

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US gaines 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French terror suspects in phone contact, want 'martyr' death

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) - French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes jump for a second day, erasing 2015 losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is bouncing back from a tough start to the year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP Congress moves veto-bait bills on health care, pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) - In command and ready for a fight, a defiant Republican-led Congress ignored two White House veto threats and advanced bills Thursday curbing President Barack Obama's cherished health care overhaul and forcing construction on a proposed oil pipeline. The top House Democrat predicted her party would uphold both of Obama's vetoes.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs - 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pelosi says Dems can sustain Obama vetoes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have enough votes to sustain all three of the early vetoes President Barack Obama has threatened against priority bills in the new Republican-controlled Congress, party leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday as divided government headed for the first political showdown of a new year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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