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VA vows focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its many websites.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks, at record levels, edge higher

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks edged higher on Monday, led by gains in health care stocks, keeping the market at record levels. Home builders got a lift after Toll Brothers said that its revenue rose 29 percent in the most recent quarter.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service says it was hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service says it is victim of hacking attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama wants more regulation of Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet providers shouldn't be allowed cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by industry.

November 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republican Ed Gillespie concedes Va. Senate race

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie on Friday conceded the Virginia Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner, and said he would not seek a recount in the tight race even though state law entitled him to one.

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pledges to consider ideas from both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing the future leaders of a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to judge ideas in his final two years not by whether they come from Democrats or Republicans but by "whether or not they work."

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pledges to consider ideas from both parties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing the future leaders of a Republican-controlled Congress, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to judge ideas in his final two years not by whether they come from Democrats or Republicans but by "whether or not they work."

November 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Federal appeals court rules for gay marriage bans

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP in charge, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday sketched out an agenda for the new, all-Republican Congress, promising approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and changes in the health care law while issuing a warning to President Barack Obama on immigration.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Get ready for crowded airports this Thanksgiving

DALLAS (AP) - If you're flying somewhere for Thanksgiving, expect airports to be even more crowded this year.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Civil War officer given Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has presented the nation's highest military honor to a Union Army officer who was killed more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama strikes upbeat tone after a gloomy election

WASHINGTON (AP) - For anyone expecting postelection contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.

November 06, 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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