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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

Update 12:22 p.m.:

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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NFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Charles Manson gets marriage license

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NJ man accused of stealing bulldozer for ride home

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a ride home.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama is firm but vague on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he plans to help immigrants living illegally in the United States "get legal" without any action from Congress. And he promises to curb a system that he describes as deporting immigrants improperly. But the White House is vague about the changes the president is expected to announce soon.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


S&P 500 ekes out record; DreamWorks sinks

Despite a day of mostly listless trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to notch another all-time high.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cosby clarifies statement on rape accusations

NEW YORK (AP) - A blanket denial from Bill Cosby's lawyer dismissing allegations of sexual abuse by the comedian against several women has been clarified with a subsequent statement.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

CHICAGO (AP) - Drugmaker Merck & Co. says its cholesterol-lowering medicine ezetimibe met its main goal in a study testing whether adding it to an older type of cholesterol medicine could reduce heart risks. The drug is sold as Zetia and in combination with the statin drug Zocor as Vytorin.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court to consider when second mortgage can be void

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether homeowners who declare bankruptcy can void a second mortgage if the home's market value has dropped below the amount they owe on the first mortgage.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New report: Child homelessness on the rise in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes move little in afternoon trading

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are mostly edging lower in late afternoon trading Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 30 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone X

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are mostly edging lower in late afternoon trading Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 30 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana's Senate seat.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.

November 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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