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GOP makes final push for school lunch waiver

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama taps Carter to lead DOD

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dawn of Orion: NASA launches new era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bull's-eye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith of 3,604 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US adds 321,000 jobs, jobless rate stays 5.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Winfred Brown was celebrating his 89th birthday in February. At the same time, Ch

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes recovered most of their losses after news outlets reported that Europe's central bank is considering unveiling a stimulus package next month.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House passes $585 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted for a $585 billion defense bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military mission against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Horse trots into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

CHICAGO (AP) - Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House nears passage of $585B defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday headed toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White SC cop charged after shooting of black man

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 has been charged with murder, and his lawyer says prosecutors took advantage of national outrage toward police to get the indictment.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NASA scrubs Orion launch; another try Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine may be less effective

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Protests erupt after decision in chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) - The cellphone video of the last moments of Eric Garner's life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, "I can't breathe."

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks extend record run ahead of jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) - A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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SC: Workers' comp OK for kickball

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

August 27, 2014 | MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday, decrying the intervention as an escalation of the North African country's already debilitating turmoil. U.S. officials said the United States had no prior notification of the attacks.

August 26, 2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama vows justice in murder of American

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust.

August 26, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Burger King buying Hortons for $11B

MIAMI (AP) - Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that would give the fast-food company a stronger foothold in the coffee and breakfast market.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Breaking Bad,' Modern Family win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wis., Ind. to defend gay marriage bans

CHICAGO (AP) - The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier.

August 26, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.

August 26, 2014 | ELLEN KICKMEYER, Associated Press SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Soldier dies after shooting in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


American held in Syria freed after 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Invasive insect threatens Fla. citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

August 25, 2014 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pentagon cites Chinese jet intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

August 22, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obama's vacation in line with average

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is criticized whenever he goes on vacation but travel industry data show he's taken about as much vacation this year as most Americans do.

August 22, 2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

August 22, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ice challenge may change nonprofits

NEW YORK (AP) - The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

August 22, 2014 | ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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