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Obama sends Congress request for military force against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers to "show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat."

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Florida lawyer sparks debate about rights at DUI checkpoints

MIAMI (AP) - Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain as investors assess corporate news

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday as investors assessed the latest corporate news.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In captivity, hostage said 'even in prison, one can be free'

The family of Kayla Jean Mueller said Tuesday it had received confirmation that she died while being held by Islamic State militants. The Mueller family released a letter it said she had written last year. Here is the text, as provided by the family, which also redacted some portions:

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White house asking authorization to fight IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House circulated a proposal Tuesday authorizing the Pentagon to fight Islamic State terrorists without an "enduring offensive combat" role, hoping to satisfy lawmakers with widely varying views on the need for U.S. ground operations.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Water manager faces discipline for urinating in reservoir

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A water manager is facing discipline after he was caught urinating in an empty reservoir that supplies drinking water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drew Peterson charged with plotting to kill prosecutor

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance his fourth, has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in state prison, authorities announced Monday.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks head lower as concerns mount over China, Greece

NEW YORK (AP) - Concerns about the world economy helped tug U.S. stocks to slight losses on Monday. Major indexes followed European markets lower as worries mount over Greece's standoff with its creditors.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Foodie first lady says 'cheese dust is not food'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says she dropped boxed macaroni and cheese from her family's diet after her daughter couldn't turn a block of cheese into cheese powder.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks give up gains as dividend stocks sink

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks slipped Friday despite a report that showed robust growth in U.S. jobs and wages last month. The market is still on pace for the best week in several months.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stocks rise as profits, confidence index climb

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday after a key index tracking consumer confidence jumped and several companies reported solid earnings. The energy sector and small-company stocks surged.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama says US can't shy away from Ebola battle

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TV rollout planned for Bush book about his father

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes "41," his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?

October 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Democrats look for hope in votes cast early

ATLANTA (AP) - Registered Democrats have out-voted Republicans by double-digit margins among ballots cast early in two bitter southern Senate races. But the political climate favors Republicans nationally, and the GOP remains bullish on its overall momentum toward gaining the Senate majority.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks drift as oil slips and Europe struggles

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks drifted sideways Monday afternoon as the price of oil edged lower and more gloomy news about the global economy emerged.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 Georgia residents face human trafficking charges

JEROME, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say four Georgia residents have been arrested in southern Idaho on suspicion of human trafficking.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. Senate debate: Nunn, Perdue spar over gridlock

ATLANTA (AP) - To hear their rivals, Michelle Nunn is a liberal "hypocrite" who campaigns as a moderate but would be little more than a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama, while David Perdue is a wealthy corporate executive who would do nothing but continue the partisan bickering in Washington.

October 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Lone shooter dead after high school attack

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge may enter Georgia voter registration dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration records in one of the nation's most politically contested states.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

NEW YORK (AP) - The TLC network says it is canceling "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," its colorful series about a young beauty pageant contestant and her family.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FACT CHECK: Making 97 percent a failing grade

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republicans trying to take back control of the U.S. Senate are working hard to sear one big number into the brains of voters from Alaska to Arkansas: 90 percent. Or 95 percent. Or 97 percent.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

DETROIT (AP) - Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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