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Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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US stocks edge up following Dow's record day

NEW YORK (AP) - After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher on Wednesday.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to prevent March 27 federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans pushed legislation through the House on Wednesday to ease the short-term impact of $85 billion in spending cuts and prevent a government shutdown this month - at the same time previewing a longer-term plan to erase federal deficits without raising taxes.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jeb Bush more open to a future White House bid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Bush has long resisted pressure from supporters to run for president, but now the former Florida governor is signaling that he's open to the idea.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


License plate fees cause change in wildlife money

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Money gleaned from state auto tag fees to fund Georgia wildlife conservation programs are drying up.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Family: Woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Relatives of an 87-year-old woman who died after a nurse at her retirement home refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to perform CPR expressed satisfaction with the care she received, saying her wishes were to die naturally. Meanwhile, the company that owns the facility now says its worker failed to follow proper procedures.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks climb following Dow's record day

NEW YORK (AP) - An encouraging look at the job market helped send the stock market higher Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average tore through its previous record high.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal struck to make change in state's car tax law

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have reached agreement on a deal to fix one aspect of Georgia's new car tax law that drew complaints about car leasing.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dukes of Hazzard reunion could be big draw

BYRON, Ga. (AP) - The upcoming "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion in Byron is beginning to have the makings of a countrified Woodstock.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Storm damages homes, whips up wind across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of high winds with gusts of up to 40 mph across Georgia, part of a winter storm system that damaged several homes northwest of Atlanta and brought snow and ice to parts of the north Georgia mountains.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan leader, dies

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dow hits record, erasing Great Recession losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is back.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military leaders welcome House GOP budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A massive House Republican measure to keep the government operating would ease some of the pain of automatic spending cuts slamming the Defense Department, the nation's senior military leaders told Congress on Tuesday.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dow surges to record ... and keeps going

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow closed at an all-time high Tuesday, beating the previous record it set in October 2007, before the financial crisis and Great Recession.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Coalition will no longer publish attack figures

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan said Tuesday it will no longer publish figures on Taliban attacks, a week after acknowledging that its report of a 7 percent decline in attacks last year was actually no decline at all.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Researchers report sharp rise in 'patriot' groups

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration and the gun control debate after the Connecticut school shooting have led to surging numbers of anti-government "patriot" groups, according to a civil rights group that tracks extremist groups.

March 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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