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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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GOP in charge, eager to move on Keystone XL, taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday sketched out an agenda for the new, all-Republican Congress, promising approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and changes in the health care law while issuing a warning to President Barack Obama on immigration.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Get ready for crowded airports this Thanksgiving

DALLAS (AP) - If you're flying somewhere for Thanksgiving, expect airports to be even more crowded this year.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Civil War officer given Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has presented the nation's highest military honor to a Union Army officer who was killed more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama strikes upbeat tone after a gloomy election

WASHINGTON (AP) - For anyone expecting postelection contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards.

November 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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