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GOP senator: Obama picks Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower following more signs of weakness in China and disappointing retail sales over the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks sink after retail sales slip, China slows

EW YORK (AP) - Signs of weakness in China's economy and a weak start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl Scouts cookie sales go digital

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republicans push to update education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes hold at record levels

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ferguson mayor: National Guard deployment delayed

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's mayor is criticizing what he says was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

NEW YORK (AP) - It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown's family and others.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ferguson police officer not indicted

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

SYDNEY (AP) - Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of all.

August 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Shooting by 9 year old stirs gun debate

PHOENIX (AP) - "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

August 27, 2014 | JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SC: Workers' comp OK for kickball

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

August 27, 2014 | MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday, decrying the intervention as an escalation of the North African country's already debilitating turmoil. U.S. officials said the United States had no prior notification of the attacks.

August 26, 2014 | BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama vows justice in murder of American

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but conceded more needed to be done to regain their trust.

August 26, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Burger King buying Hortons for $11B

MIAMI (AP) - Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that would give the fast-food company a stronger foothold in the coffee and breakfast market.

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Breaking Bad,' Modern Family win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."

August 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wis., Ind. to defend gay marriage bans

CHICAGO (AP) - The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier.

August 26, 2014 | MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.

August 26, 2014 | ELLEN KICKMEYER, Associated Press SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Soldier dies after shooting in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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