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NY court to hear arguments that chimps have rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York appeals court is hearing a novel legal effort to have chimpanzees declared "persons" rather than "things" so the animals can be freed from what critics say are inhumane conditions.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Global economic growth worries send stocks lower

TOKYO (AP) - Global stocks dipped Wednesday as pessimism about global growth spread following a decline on Wall Street overnight and a strengthening yen, which dampened prospects for export-oriented Japan.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court to hear dispute over pay for security checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some warehouse workers who fill orders for Amazon.com customers say they spend up to 25 minutes after every shift waiting to pass through security checks to make sure they aren't stealing from the online retailer. But they don't get paid for the extra time.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Blunders renew questions about Biden's discipline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden's supporters often brush off his slips of the tongue as byproducts of the speak-your-mind politics many Americans crave. But this time, Biden's verbal blunders are causing more than just a few rough headlines and a momentary nuisance for the White House.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide on global growth concerns

EW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks slid Tuesday on heightened concerns that the global economy is slowing.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US agent sued over fake Facebook page in drug case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case, to trick her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawrence: Photo hacking was 'sex crime'

NEW YORK (AP) - The people who chose to look at nude celebrity photos that hackers posted committed "a sexual offense," actress Jennifer Lawrence says in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair in its November issue.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US predicts lower heating bills this winter

NEW YORK (AP) - Milder temperatures should cut heating bills this winter, as few expect a return of the deep freeze that chilled much of the nation last year.

October 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

CHICAGO (AP) - As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US edge lower; H&R Block slides

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged lower Monday as concerns about the direction of the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy weighed on investors. Tax preparer H&R Block slumped after the company said that its attempt to sell a banking unit was getting bogged down.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia arrived Monday at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated for the deadly disease.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court denies gay marriage appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court's order effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More Ebola screening possible for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ahead of a White House meeting on the Ebola outbreak, federal health officials said Monday the U.S. is weighing whether to institute extra screening at U.S. airports where travelers from Ebola-stricken African nations may be arriving.

October 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kroger asked to ban open carry of guns

ATLANTA (AP) - A gun control organization is pressuring Kroger to ban the open carrying of guns in its grocery stores.

October 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US jobless rate falls to 6-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008.

October 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Activist girl's dad vows she'll return

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman vowed Thursday that she would return home after finishing medical treatment abroad despite new insurgent threats against her.

October 25, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


U.S. sues Bank of America

NEW YORK (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan sued Bank of America for more than $1 billion on Wednesday for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the years around the financial crisis.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Countrywide Financial, which was later bought by Bank of America, churned out mortgage loans from 2007 to 2009 without making sure that borrowers could afford them.

October 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Not yet released films get awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Hollywood warmed up for its awards season with a love fest that recognized top actors and directors for films that haven't been released yet.

October 23, 2012 | SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer | NATION/WORLD


AP Analysis: Romney acts like front-runner

An AP News Analysis; WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney is acting like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum and time to overtake the president by Election Day, two weeks from now.

October 23, 2012 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama, Romney dash to the finish line

Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish.

October 23, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Candidates to talk foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and final debate with each man eager to project an aura of personal strength and leadership while raising doubts about the steadiness and foreign policy credentials of the other guy.

Each is aiming for a commanding performance Monday to settle the seesaw dynamics of the first two debates: Romney gave Obama an old-fashioned shellacking in the first round, and the chastened president rebounded in their second encounter.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Salon attack suspect had abuse history

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A man suspected of opening fire at a Wisconsin salon where his wife worked, killing three women and wounding four others, had a history of domestic abuse and had been arrested for slashing his wife's tires a few weeks earlier, police said.

It wasn't clear if Radcliffe Franklin Haughton's wife was among the victims in Sunday's shooting at the spa in Brookfield, a middle-to-upper class suburb west of Milwaukee. Haughton, 45, shot himself to death at the salon, police said.

October 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NYC terror suspect picked hard target

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting a high-ranking government official and the New York Stock Exchange before authorities say he raised the bar by picking one New York City's most fortified sites: The Federal Reserve.

October 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FACT CHECK: Stumbles in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the rough-and-tumble of a town hall-style presidential debate, the facts took something of a beating Tuesday night.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Zumba prostitution case names released

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 debate left for pres. candidates

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Two alphas in the fight of their lives, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred with passion and grit in a debate that previewed the closing arguments of a campaign that keeps circling back to bedrock questions about which candidate can do more to strengthen the fragile economy.

October 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Social Security benefits to go up 1.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

October 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VP debate tees up closing issues

In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

October 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Yemen security chief killed at US Embassy

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

October 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya military team: security weak

The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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