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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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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


US workers with Ebola out of hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US existing home sales rise again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.

August 21, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | NATION/WORLD


Emmys: Billy Crystal to tribute Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military mulling more troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


American killed in Syria aware of risks

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US changing no-fly list rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it plans to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As protests rage, Obama struggles to find role

WASHINGTON (AP) - When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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