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Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices - for the oil industry and for the economy.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama and the Midterms: What's at stake?

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Poll: Many insured struggle with medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured U.S. adults say they don't have much confidence in their ability to pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

October 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola

ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Malala, Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former 'SNL' cast member Jan Hooks dies at age 57

NEW YORK (AP) - Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jan Hooks has died.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Global stocks sink after Wall Street plunge

BANGKOK (AP) - Global stock markets sank Friday after Wall Street suffered its worst day of the year and worries grew that a decline in German growth could push Europe toward another recession.

October 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Modiano wins Nobel for works about Nazi occupation

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Patrick Modiano of France, who has made a lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effects on his country, won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for what one academic called "crystal clear and resonant" prose.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US wholesale stockpiles climbed to .7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January.

October 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks solidly higher after Fed minutes release

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market moved sharply higher Wednesday as investors reacted to the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, which showed that the Fed is reluctant to raise interest rates any time soon.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st U.S. Ebola patient has died

DALLAS (AP) - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his diagnosis exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US agents to observe travelers for Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. They did not provide immediate details or say what specific measures would be taken.

October 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Wal-Mart expands test of mobile checkout program

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding a test of a new checkout program that allows shoppers to scan items with their smartphones and then pay at self-checkout terminals.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate set to approve huge 2013 spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a shutdown later this month.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House OKs lower alcohol limits for boat operators

ATLANTA (AP) - Reacting to high-profile deaths on Lake Lanier, the Georgia House of Representatives has approved a proposal to lower the allowable blood-alcohol limits for hunters and anyone driving a water vessel in the state.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pa. school asks students to cut back on body spray

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school wants its students to cut back on the body spray.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

U.S. stocks rose strongly Wednesday ahead of a decision by the Federal Reserve about whether to push ahead with aggressive measures to boost the economy.

March 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. House drops guns in bars, churches

ATLANTA (AP) - Guns would not be allowed by default in bars and churches, though they could be carried on college campuses under a bill backed by House lawmakers.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Commander: Contingency plans under way for Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad's regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Assault weapons ban won't be in Dems' gun bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sponsor of a proposed assault weapons ban says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told her that the ban will not be part of the initial gun control measure the Senate will debate next month.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

You might not want to rush into knee surgery. Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Thousands of Georgians without power after storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of Georgians were without power Tuesday morning after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jekyll Island inn to become Holiday Inn Resort

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Another major hotel chain could add its name to Jekyll Island's oceanfront.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A 22-year-old west Georgia man has been sentenced in a DUI crash that killed two people in Douglas County.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has damaged or destroyed nearly 60 large rental cabins and is threatening additional homes.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman who lost downloading case says she can't pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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