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Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

WASHINGTON (AP) - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

September 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it at least three days earlier.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US has identified masked man in beheading videos

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Groundhog dies after escaping NYC mayor's grip

NEW YORK (AP) - Her shadow was one of the last things she saw.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed's Lockhart says inflation risk still low

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said Thursday he has more confidence in the economy than he did a year ago, suggesting he's not seeking an increase in interest rates until mid-2015 or later.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with US

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation is poised to receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for an American Indian tribe.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Holder resigning as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

NEW YORK (AP) - New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspect captured, but UVa student still missing

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition - but there is still no sign of the student, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NutraSweet to stop making aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame and instead concentrate on more profitable sweeteners.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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High court seems divided over birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Malaysia says search to shift to smaller area

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Texas and Oklahoma in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.

March 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

NEW YORK (AP) - At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Malaysia PM: plane plunged into Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

NEW YORK (AP) - The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nothing spotted in search for jet, Australia says

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Search planes scoured a remote patch of the Indian Ocean but came back empty-handed Friday after a 10-hour mission looking for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, another disappointing day in one of the world's biggest aviation mysteries.

March 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Australia checking 2 objects in search for plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said.

March 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart takes aim at $2B used video game market

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart plans to start buying used video games from shoppers at stores in a move that goes after the bread-and-butter business of GameStop.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


States looking at $0 community college tuition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign, independent'

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country" Monday, just hours after the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared it had broken away from Ukraine.

March 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE (AP) - The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado - a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missing jet's pilots had firm community ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - One was passionate enough about flying to build his own flight simulator in his home. The other was a 27-year-old contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


College offers to pay students to take year off

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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