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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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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


AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

December 14, 2012 | PETE YOST, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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