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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


Dad accused of throwing 5-year-old off bridge in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The father of a 5-year-old girl pulled his daughter from the back seat of his car and then threw her off the approach to the Sunshine Skyway bridge into the bay about 60 feet below, police said Thursday.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French hunt for 2 in attack on paper; Paris mourns victims

PARIS (AP) - With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

January 08, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to reduce FHA mortgage premium rate to spur buying

WASHINGTON (AP) - First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise, breaking a string of losses, as oil steadies

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is closing higher, ending a five-day losing streak, as investors cheered a slight upturn in the price of oil and hoped for more stimulus for Europe's struggling economy.

January 07, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year.

December 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New drug, study method show breast cancer promise

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.

December 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Holiday shopping spree not for everyone

NEW YORK (AP) - Many Americans are watching the annual holiday spending ritual from the sidelines this year.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

December 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


India's Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Some cancer treatments can be skipped

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer - which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation - without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Female libido drug remains in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The multi-decade search for a pill that boosts sexual desire in women has hit another roadblock, raising questions about the future of efforts to develop a female equivalent to Viagra.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How Volcker Rule would limit banks' risky bets

WASHINGTON (AP) - The rule that U.S. regulators approved Tuesday, after years of wrestling over its language, is designed to defuse the kind of risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.

December 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Exec guilty over faulty French implants

MARSEILLE, France (AP) - A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will have to wait longer to discover if they will receive damages.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

HAVANA (AP) - It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Europe: Diet sweetener aspartame is safe in cola

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The European Food Safety Authority has found that the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe for people to consume at the levels currently used in diet soft drinks.

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - Where does Santa Claus learn to chortle "Ho, ho, ho!" and listen to the wishes of children all over the world?

December 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The New Rich

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding extensive influence over America's economy and politics, according to new survey data.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attorney confirms Wis. snuggle business has closed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - So much for snuggling in Wisconsin.

December 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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