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Education secretary says he backs annual testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that testing U.S. schoolchildren annually in math and reading is critical for measuring their educational progress, setting the stage for what is likely to be a contentious Capitol Hill debate on the federal role in education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


France hunts for attack accomplices, deploys 10,000 troops

PARIS (AP) - France ordered 10,000 troops into the streets Monday to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed as it hunted for the accomplices to the Islamic militants who left 17 people dead as they terrorized the nation.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In court and Congress, Obama's resistance to pipeline tested

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a double blow, the newly empowered Republican-led Congress and the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday undercut President Barack Obama's opposition to the long Keystone XL oil pipeline.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slide following weak wage growth, oil price slump

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending lower after investors were discouraged by weak U.S. wage growth and another drop in the price of oil.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fidel Castro rumors sweep Internet, but no sign in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) - Social media around the world have been flooded with rumors of Fidel Castro's death, but there was no sign Friday that the reports were true, even if the 88-year-old former Cuban leader has not been seen in public for months.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspected terrorist killed; hostages free

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January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US gaines 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French terror suspects in phone contact, want 'martyr' death

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) - French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris.

January 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes jump for a second day, erasing 2015 losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is bouncing back from a tough start to the year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP Congress moves veto-bait bills on health care, pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) - In command and ready for a fight, a defiant Republican-led Congress ignored two White House veto threats and advanced bills Thursday curbing President Barack Obama's cherished health care overhaul and forcing construction on a proposed oil pipeline. The top House Democrat predicted her party would uphold both of Obama's vetoes.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs - 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pelosi says Dems can sustain Obama vetoes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have enough votes to sustain all three of the early vetoes President Barack Obama has threatened against priority bills in the new Republican-controlled Congress, party leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday as divided government headed for the first political showdown of a new year.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Algerian extremists behead French hostage

RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained Wednesday by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to address UN amid new strikes

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart launching mobile checking account

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart is launching a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate some of the fees charged by banks.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clothes taken in search for missing UVa student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Joint Chiefs chair: 'No safe haven' for militants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

ERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A television reporter revealed during a live on-air segment that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug ahead of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of pot in Alaska.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House security changes weighed

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is "obviously concerned" about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as China weighs on markets

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower on Monday amid concerns over China's economy. Silver fell again, dropping to its lowest level in over four years.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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