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Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bill Clinton defends wife's commitment to poor

DENVER (AP) - Bill Clinton is defending Hillary Rodham Clinton's commitment to the poor and working Americans, saying his family's post-presidential wealth has not prevented the former secretary of state from understanding people's problems.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' draft sells for $2M

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," has been sold at auction for more than $2 million.

June 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As the country implodes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

June 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Scholarships for slaying video games

CHICAGO (AP) - Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all.

June 20, 2014 | JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sending military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

June 19, 2014 | LARA JAKES, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Turmoil in Iraq ups US gas prices

Violence in Iraq is helping to make gasoline in the U.S. more expensive, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.

June 19, 2014 | JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | NATION/WORLD


Some irked by town's 'redneck' theme for parade

SALEM, N.Y. (AP) - You might be a redneck if you don't object to a rural upstate New York town's theme for its annual Fourth of July parade.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices

olence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Supreme Court handles death cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court decisions to allow inmates to be put to death or to grant a rare reprieve often come at the last minute, and sometimes after the appointed hour of execution has come and gone.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AMAZON LIVE: New 4.7-inch Fire Phone

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled a new smartphone called Fire Phone.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st US executions since botched lethal injection

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

May 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fla. jail explosion kills 2, injures 150

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle, killing two inmates, injuring as many as 150 people, and creating a chaotic scene Thursday after inmates were bused to hospitals and nearby jails when the crippled building had to be evacuated.

May 01, 2014 | MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP blocks Democrats' minimum wage try in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall's congressional elections.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military benefits survive defense cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Army corporal would get a full housing allowance to rent an off-base apartment while a military family will see little change in their grocery costs at the commissary as an election-year Congress rebuffed Pentagon efforts to trim military benefits.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials halted an inmate's execution after a new drug combination left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney. He later died of a heart attack.

April 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home price gains slow for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks move lower as tech, banks drag down market

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks turned negative Monday afternoon, dragged down by falling technology and bank companies that snuffed out investors' excitement about a potential blockbuster pharmaceutical deal.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | NATION/WORLD


FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As Army shrinks, young officers being pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

PARIS (AP) - Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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