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GOP makes final push for school lunch waiver

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama taps Carter to lead DOD

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dawn of Orion: NASA launches new era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bull's-eye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith of 3,604 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US adds 321,000 jobs, jobless rate stays 5.8 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

December 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Winfred Brown was celebrating his 89th birthday in February. At the same time, Ch

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes recovered most of their losses after news outlets reported that Europe's central bank is considering unveiling a stimulus package next month.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House passes $585 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted for a $585 billion defense bill that grants President Barack Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military mission against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Horse trots into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

CHICAGO (AP) - Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House nears passage of $585B defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Thursday headed toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White SC cop charged after shooting of black man

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 has been charged with murder, and his lawyer says prosecutors took advantage of national outrage toward police to get the indictment.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NASA scrubs Orion launch; another try Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine may be less effective

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Protests erupt after decision in chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) - The cellphone video of the last moments of Eric Garner's life was watched millions of times on the Internet, clearly showing a white police officer holding the unarmed black man in a chokehold, even as he repeatedly gasped, "I can't breathe."

December 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks extend record run ahead of jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) - A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US military to send 3,000 to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hagel, Dempsey defend US plan to target extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

September 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vikings reinstate Peterson despite abuse charge

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings less than a week after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to visit Atlanta health center

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mayor Ford withdraws re-election bid

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, ending a campaign he had pursued despite a stint in rehab and persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals. But he said his brother would run in his place, saying "we cannot go backwards."

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a U.S. senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W. Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge: Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

September 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Case worker: Dad overwhelmed before 5 kids killed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children was an ex-convict whose homes were visited by social workers a dozen times in the last three years.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Auburn student aims to create apps for disabled

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - He still is in college, but Nick DiChiara already has been granted early access to a product that promises to change the way folks use computer technology.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Names of thousands read at 9/11 commemoration

NEW YORK (AP) - With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack.

September 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republican women face uphill fight this fall

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) - Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow.

September 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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