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Stocks decline for third week; interest rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market was hit hard Friday, capping a third week of declines, as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oklahoma fraternity chapter hires high-profile attorney

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma shut down after members were caught engaging in a racist chant have hired a high-profile Oklahoma attorney to represent them and have severed communications with its national headquarters.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Capitol Hill Buzz: Who has time to read these bills we pass?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don't always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign - or so it seemed this week, anyway.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks drop as oil prices decline, rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were solidly lower Friday, caused by a drop in oil prices and worries about higher interest rates. Energy companies and utilities had the biggest declines.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rules for saving, providing emails? Not for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails are largely exempt from such scrutiny themselves.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks soft on oil decline, interest rate worries

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were moving mostly lower in early trading Friday, caused by a drop in oil prices and worries about higher interest rates. Energy companies and utilities had the biggest declines.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US government asks for end to hold on immigration action

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. government on Thursday asked an appeals court to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, arguing it can't wait for the judge who blocked the action to make a ruling on a similar request.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Univision's Rodner Figueroa fired for Michelle Obama comment

MIAMI (AP) - Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of "Planet of the Apes."

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain as dollar rally wanes; Banks rise

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock market indexes rose on Thursday as a rally in the dollar waned. Financial companies gained after a number of banks got approval from the Federal Reserve to raise dividends and buy back shares.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Let it go (again)! Disney announces plans for 'Frozen 2'

NEW YORK (AP) - Let it go (on)!

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam that has cost taxpayers $15.5 million.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open higher, led by gains for financial companies

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains in financial stocks after a number of banks got approval from the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates and buy back stock.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Big bills to view public documents discourage public access

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The public's right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing.

March 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Major survey finds record low confidence in government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

March 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on new felony charges, according to a special prosecutor.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate committee to examine testing in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law, focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, a newly minted GOP senator is promising.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market ends slightly higher

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is ending higher, helped by gains in technology companies and airlines.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices weigh judicial candidates' appeal for campaign cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court is struggling with whether states can prohibit personal appeals for campaign contributions by candidates for elected judgeships.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks head lower in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - A mix of downbeat corporate and economic news pulled the stock market lower Tuesday, as health-care companies and housing stocks fell. Johnson & Johnson sank after reporting that a stronger dollar pinched the company's quarterly results.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court won't hear dispute over debit card fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New privacy concerns over government's health care website

WASHINGTON (AP) - A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope: Catholics don't have to breed 'like rabbits'

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dad gets 'no-show' bill after son, 5, misses birthday party

LONDON (AP) - It was not what Derek Nash expected to find in his 5-year-old's school bag: A bill demanding a "no-show fee" for another child's birthday party.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fla. boy's circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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