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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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2012 worst year for whooping cough

The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy adds 155K jobs in Dec.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House OKs $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two months after Superstorm Sandy struck, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by the storm.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandy Hook students return to class

MONROE, Conn. (AP) - The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

Classes resumed for the first time since last month's shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House re-elects Boehner speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of their own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

The 113th Congress convened at 12 noon EST, the constitutionally mandated time, with pomp, pageantry and politics on both sides of the Capitol.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, while the Kremlin's children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


U.S. tries to make producing coins cheaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

December 20, 2012 | JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State Dept security chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benghazi review slams State Dept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


12/21 sparks dread, celebration

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Company that made gun used in shooting to be sold

The company that makes one of the weapons used to kill elementary school children in Connecticut is being put up for sale by its owner, which called Friday's tragedy a "watershed event" in the debate over gun control.

December 18, 2012 | JOSHUA FREED and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Obama supports ban on assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 dead in Colorado murder-suicide

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities say at least four people have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Longmont in unincorporated Weld County.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newtown plans burials

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume - and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

The people of Newtown weren't yet ready to address the question just three days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the children and six adults ruthlessly slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Connecticut school shooter named

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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