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Stocks slip in afternoon after weaker estimate of US growth

U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, but were still on track to end the month higher. Investors were balancing encouraging reports on housing and consumer confidence against data showing that the economy grew at a slower annual rate in the final months of 2014. Oil prices rebounded after a steep drop the day before.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock,dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

NEW YORK (AP) - A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes drift as traders gauge economic data

U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, with energy stocks among the biggest decliners. Investors were sifting through a mix of corporate earnings and economic news. Crude oil prices resumed their slide.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


If Supreme Court says no, they'd lose health insurance help

CHICAGO (AP) - Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Judge rules for Peterson, paving way for reinstatement

A federal judge has cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be reinstated, ruling that an NFL arbitrator "failed to meet his duty" in a child abuse case that shook the league.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

BAGHDAD (AP) - The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regulators move toward tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix education law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is threating to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it "a significant step backwards."

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jurors who rejected and insanity defense and convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend said Wednesday the man's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TJ Maxx, Marshalls to follow Wal-Mart in raising pay

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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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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