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Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly stopped. It offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Calvin Peete, winner of 12 PGA Tour events, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning. He was 71.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers decided to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bud Light: Sorry for saying it removes 'no' from vocabulary

NEW YORK (AP) - Anheuser-Busch is apologizing for a slogan that appeared on bottles saying Bud Light removes the word 'no' from drinkers' vocabulary.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Most 8th graders score low on US history, civics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time for another history lesson.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A weak open for US stocks following weak growth and earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly lower as traders reacted to weak U.S. economic growth and some disappointing earnings.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy barely grew in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday as investors worked through another large batch of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results. Twitter plunged nearly 20 percent after its results, which were released unexpectedly early, missed analysts' marks.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regions Bank fined $7.5 million for illegal overdraft fees

NEW YORK (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Regions Bank $7.5 million for illegally charging customers for overdraft protection.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Too many troubling police interactions with blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As National Guard troops responded to rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens across American in what he called "a slow-rolling crisis." But he said there was no excuse for rioters to engage in senseless violence.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks open mostly higher; Health care rebounds

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly higher as the health care sector rebounds from a slump the day before.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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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


Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Methodists end minister's NY same-sex wedding case

NEW YORK (AP) - A United Methodist bishop on Monday dropped the case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding - a dramatic decision that came just months after another minister was defrocked for the same reason.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's warnings brushed aside by Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) - One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin speaks tough on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev Tuesday to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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