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Obama firm on vow to act on immigration this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is standing by his pledge to act on his own to reduce deportations and improve border security by the end of the year. Obama says he will take his own steps despite election results that gave Republicans control of Congress.

November 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain as the price of crude oil rebounds

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing at a record as energy prices rebound and as Republicans gained control of the Senate.

November 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


McConnell: Obama action on immigration 'mistake'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says it would be a "mistake" for President Barack Obama to take unilateral action on immigration.

November 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP surge: Republicans seize control of Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - America awoke to a new political dynamic Wednesday with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republican leaders in Congress new muscle to check him.

November 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP edges to hold House majority

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans held a commanding edge in the House on Tuesday, on track to pad their majority at near historic levels after knocking out the last white Southern Democrats and claiming two seats in President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide as oil's slump hits energy stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were mostly lower on Tuesday, led by a drop in energy stocks as the price of oil continued to fall. Investors were also disappointed by earnings outlooks from companies including Priceline and Michael Kors.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad

NEW YORK (AP) - Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" actor Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: IS group abused captive Kurdish children

BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beating them with hoses and electric cables, an international rights group said Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Michigan couple marry after losing 380 pounds

WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area couple who met in a support group for weight loss surgery patients exchanged wedding vows after losing a collective 380 pounds.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sting, 'Sesame Street' set for Macy's parade

NEW YORK (AP) - Sting, Idina Menzel and the cast of "Sesame Street" will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


World Trade Center reopens for business

NEW YORK (AP) - Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center has again opened for business - marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Brittany Maynard, terminally ill, takes own life

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.

November 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Spacecraft crash investigation under way

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Federal accident investigators arrived Saturday to begin a probe into the cause of an accident that destroyed a prototype space tourism rocket ship during a test flight, killing one pilot and injuring another.

November 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Did you remember to set your clocks back?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

October 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting gays

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization's national meeting in May.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Saturday mail delivery to end in Aug

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.

February 06, 2013 | By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Home Depot to hire 80,000 workers

ATLANTA (AP) - Home Depot Inc. said Wednesday that it will hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for this year's spring selling season - up from about 70,000 a year ago. It cited expectations of sales growth.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Monopoly tokens change! Cat added.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama urges stopgap budget deal to avoid deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager to buy time and avoid economic pain, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to pass targeted short-term spending cuts and higher taxes as a way to put off sweeping, automatic cuts that would slice deeply into military and domestic programs starting March 1.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite horror, Ala. child hostage seems OK

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - By all accounts, a 5-year-old in Alabama endured an unforgettable horror: Held for a week in a closet-size bunker underground, a captive of a volatile killer, his only comforts a Hot Wheels car and other treats passed to him by officers.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 Ga. executions scheduled following court ruling

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials on Tuesday ordered February execution dates for two inmates, a day after the state Supreme Court upheld a switch to a new drug used in lethal injections.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks rebound on home prices, earnings; Dow up 99

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market bounced back Tuesday following a surge in U.S. home prices and signs of recovery in Europe's economy. Strong earnings reports also helped power the gains.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New PAC stirs GOP rivalries, tea party angst

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans' struggles to redefine their party are intensifying, as tea party insurgents and establishment Republicans vie to control congressional primaries, and GOP leaders try to expand their focus beyond the deficit.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fulton Co. disputes voter record tampering claims

ATLANTA (AP) - The interim director of the Fulton County elections board has denied allegations that her staff tampered with voter records after the presidential race in November.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gun background checks drop 10 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama seeks to avoid sequester with short-term fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue that will delay the effective date of steeper automatic cuts now scheduled to kick in on March 1. Obama said the looming cuts would be economically damaging and must be avoided.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks make U-turn, rising on home prices, Europe

EW YORK (AP) - The stock market jumped Tuesday following a surge in U.S. home prices and signs of strength in Europe's economy. Strong earnings reports also helped power the gains.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-Ga. teacher sentenced to prison on sex charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia middle school teacher has been sentenced to prison on charges of having sex with a student.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Small Ala. town: Relief that child hostage is safe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - For six anguished days, people in this small Alabama town asked just one question about the 5-year-old boy being held hostage in an underground bunker by a menacing, unpredictable neighbor: "Is he free yet?"

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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