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Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the stage for an oration by an outspoken pontiff whose views on immigration and global warming clash with those of many Republicans who run the House and Senate.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Health care, energy stocks among gainers on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose broadly Thursday, helped by a 6 percent jump in the price of oil and a rise in health care stocks following Pfizer's $16 billion deal to buy drugmaker Hospira.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Singer Gary Glitter convicted of sex crimes

LONDON (AP) - A jury in Britain on Thursday found former glam rock singer Gary Glitter guilty of a string of sex abuse offenses against three young girls in the 1970s and '80s.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NBC's Brian Williams apologizes for false Iraq story

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP-GfK Poll: Support of gay marriage comes with caveats

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Health insurer Anthem said hackers infiltrated its computer network and gained access to personal information for "tens of millions" of customers and employees, including CEO Joseph Swedish.

February 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Question for the court: What is sexual intercourse?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - What does "sexual intercourse" mean in Florida?

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Disneyland measles outbreak isn't largest in recent memory

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn't the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio's Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes waver as oil turns sharply lower again

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes flipped between slight gains and losses on Wednesday as oil prices plunged, ending a four-day rally. Stronger profits for Disney drove its stock higher, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average up.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Path to compromise unclear as lawmakers debate immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday maneuvered to put Democrats on record again as opposing legislation that would fund the Homeland Security Department and overturn President Barack Obama's recent actions on immigration.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Staples buys Office Depot for $6B to keep pace with change

NEW YORK (AP) - There are few places where evolving technology has been more disruptive than in the work place, which played out again Wednesday as Staples announced it would spend about $6 billion to buy Office Depot.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

NEW YORK (AP) - With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jordan, shaken by Islamic State killing, executes 2 inmates

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Jordan executed two al-Qaida prisoners before dawn Wednesday, just hours after an online video purported to show Islamic State group militants burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death in a cage.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Commuter train crash kills 6 in NY

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - A commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle stuck on the tracks at a crossing Tuesday evening, killing 6 people, mostly on the train, and injuring at least 12 others, authorities said.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Panel reverses, says white potatoes ok for WIC recipients

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Obama pushes 2nd term agenda to House Democrats

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama predicted a tough road ahead as he urged House Democrats on Thursday to stick to their principles on guns, immigration and the economy in legislative fights with Republicans.

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boy charged with making threat involving school

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a seventh-grade student at a Hall County school is accused of making a terroristic threat after they say another student heard the 14-year-old make a comment about "shooting up the school."

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate poised to renew Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is poised to strengthen the principal federal anti-domestic abuse law, spreading its protection to gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women.

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak earnings outweigh jobs news; stocks slip

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks remained in a holding pattern Thursday. Major indexes edged lower after a report that showed the jobs market is maintaining a slow, but steady, recovery failed to inspire investors.

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 lane remains closed on I-16 after fiery crashes

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) - One westbound lane of Interstate 16 remained closed Thursday morning, a day after more than two dozen cars and trucks collided in a fiery pileup.

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Movie makers plan sprawling GA studio

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Several investors in metro Atlanta have announced plans to build what would be the largest film studio complex in Georgia.

February 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ariz. woman gives sexual details about slain lover

PHOENIX (AP) - The woman charged with killing her lover in the shower of his Arizona home described Thursday how he made repeated sexual advances all while converting her into the Mormon faith during the early stages of their stormy romance.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Authorities: 3 dead in fiery highway crash in Ga.

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) - More than two dozen vehicles collided in a fiery pileup on a Georgia interstate on Wednesday morning, killing at least three people and leaving 12 others hurt, an emergency official said.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks slip as earnings fail to inspire investors

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged lower on Wall Street as the latest round of earnings reports failed to give investors an impetus to push the market's recent rally forward.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boy Scouts delay decision on admitting gays

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the organization's national meeting in May.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Saturday mail delivery to end in Aug

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says.

February 06, 2013 | By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Home Depot to hire 80,000 workers

ATLANTA (AP) - Home Depot Inc. said Wednesday that it will hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers for this year's spring selling season - up from about 70,000 a year ago. It cited expectations of sales growth.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Monopoly tokens change! Cat added.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama urges stopgap budget deal to avoid deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager to buy time and avoid economic pain, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to pass targeted short-term spending cuts and higher taxes as a way to put off sweeping, automatic cuts that would slice deeply into military and domestic programs starting March 1.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite horror, Ala. child hostage seems OK

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - By all accounts, a 5-year-old in Alabama endured an unforgettable horror: Held for a week in a closet-size bunker underground, a captive of a volatile killer, his only comforts a Hot Wheels car and other treats passed to him by officers.

February 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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