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Bergdahl charges revive questions over prisoner swap

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


From parking lot to cathedral, Richard III is comeback king

LEICESTER, England (AP) - Richard III is England's comeback king.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Latest: Prosecutor says work underway to ID remains

1:19 p.m. (1219 GMT 8:19 EDT)

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Spanish, German towns tied together in plane crash tragedy

HALTERN, Germany (AP) - They were supposed to be the lucky ones - the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders in their high school to go on a weeklong exchange program in Spain.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Preparing for 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton embracing Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is embracing President Barack Obama - sometimes even literally.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Concerns over easing transgender ban in military

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to U.S. officials familiar with the discussions.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open mixed following news of Kraft acquisition

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are mixed in early trading following big merger news.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


HJ Heinz buying Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant

NEW YORK (AP) - H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

March 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes end lower

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks ended lower for a second straight day, dragged down by utility companies.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Latest: Police will guard plane crash site overnight

9:35 p.m. (2035 GMT, 4:35 p.m. EDT)

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

NEW YORK (AP) - Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slip in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is down slightly in early trading, extending the small losses from the day before.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Utah to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

LONDON (AP) - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS (AP) - A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the region, France's president warned that no survivors were expected.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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IRS apologizes for seizing bank accounts of small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured by Congress, the IRS said Wednesday it is changing its policies and apologizing for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because they structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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