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Tropical storm approaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ventura: Mixed emotions about defamation suit win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

NEW YORK (AP) - What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate confirms McDonald for VA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Senate passes tax cuts

The Senate has debated, sniped and voted on the politically fraught issue of tax cuts, and next week it'll be the House's turn. Still, Americans won't know until after the November elections how much more of their paychecks will go to the government next year.

July 26, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man refuses to leave NC jail

WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) - A man who'd just been released from jail in northern North Carolina was arrested again for refusing to leave the jail after authorities wouldn't give him a ride to a motel.

July 26, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fort Hood suspect could be shaved

A photo can be found here.

July 26, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


EYES ON LONDON: Goals, celebrity, diplomacy

LONDON (AP) - Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:

July 25, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fear prompts gun sales, panic

DENVER (AP) - Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.

July 25, 2012 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


CBO: Obama's health law reduces deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' budget scorekeepers are taking a new look at President Barack Obama's health care law - and they still say it is expected to reduce federal deficits.

July 24, 2012 | ANDREW TAYLOR and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Finding civilian jobs for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. combat troops patrol dusty pathways in Afghanistan, look for hidden roadside bombs, load and fire mortar shells at insurgents' positions. So when they come home, how will that help them land a civilian job?

July 24, 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fewer high school students having sex

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly half of high school students say they've had sex, yet progress has stalled in getting them to use condoms to protect against the AIDS virus, government researchers reported Tuesday.

July 24, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EDT):

July 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More rare-colored lobsters showing up

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro's seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise - six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity.

July 23, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


14 years of Penn St. football wiped away

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Penn State football was all but leveled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property.

July 23, 2012 | RALPH D. RUSSO and TOM COYNE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Colo. shooting suspect in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.

July 23, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Goat man' spotted in mountains

SALT LAKE CITY - A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.

July 23, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Look at world's deadliest mass shootings

Some of world's worst mass shootings:

July 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama 'shocked' by Colo. shooting

MANALAPAN, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Friday he was "shocked and saddened" by a deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater and urged the nation to "come together as one American family" in the aftermath of the tragedy.

July 20, 2012 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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