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Falling oil prices drag US stock market lower

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks fell for a fourth straight day Thursday, adding to big losses the day before, as energy companies dragged down the broader market. Investors also worked through a report that showed fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits.

October 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sand and rock-filled socks hurled at vehicles

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are trying to find whoever is throwing socks filled with sand and rocks at motorists northwest of Atlanta.

October 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

October 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide in midday trade; Airlines sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks sank in midday trading Wednesday as disappointing economic data in the U.S. and Europe weighed on investors' minds. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. would discourage people from traveling.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

BEIJING (AP) - The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

DALLAS (AP) - Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Shots fired at Ky. school, 1 hurt

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville police say they have arrested a juvenile in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder, hours after the woman's body was discovered in a shallow grave.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A suburban Portland mall remained closed Wednesday while crime scene experts detail the shooting that left three people dead and one wounded and sent Santa and thousands of shoppers running.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says a bipartisan deal to avert a "fiscal cliff" is more likely if Democrats and Republicans don't try to over-reach on spending cuts.

December 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Michigan passes right-to-work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized labor in a state considered a cradle of the movement.

December 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Accused WikiLeaks informant testifies

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - In a military hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning that has unfolded over the past two weeks, the reams of classified documents he is accused of leaking have barely come up. Instead, the proceedings have focused on a bedsheet noose, confiscated clothes and whether Manning seriously contemplated killing himself with flip-flops or the elastic waistband of his underwear.

December 11, 2012 | DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


No one retreating; cliff talks stall

WASHINGTON - A year-end deadline approaching, quiet negotiations to avoid an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff" yielded no tangible signs of progress on Monday as Republicans pressed President Barack Obama to volunteer spending cuts he will support while the White House insisted the GOP endorse higher tax rates on upper incomes.

December 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock market a wild card in fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the "fiscal cliff" even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.

December 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy adds 146K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

December 07, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Consertative Sen. DeMint resigns

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite who has bucked party leaders to back challenges to centrist veterans he didn't view as conservative enough, said Thursday he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

December 06, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Egypt descends into political turmoil

CAIRO (AP) - Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution.

December 05, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US reacts with joy to royal baby news

An heir to the British throne is on the way - and Americans may be as enthralled as the Brits.

December 04, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Who won the jackpot?

CHICAGO - Powerball officials say tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record the record $579.9 million jackpot. Now the hunt for the winners begins.

November 29, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suit targets 'locator' chips in IDs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith - not to mention how it pinpoints her location, even in the school bathroom.

November 28, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Millions chase record $425M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second highest.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Home prices increase in major US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.

Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Prices also gained 3.6 percent in the July-September quarter compared with the same quarter in 2011.

November 27, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama hails ceasefire

President Barack Obama is hailing a cease-fire agreement to end a week of deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

November 21, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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