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Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe," the insurgents' new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, artillery thundering through deserted streets.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged China and its neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes that many fear could spark conflict.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White students to no longer be majority at school

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

HONOLULU (AP) - Tourists in popular areas of Hawaii got back to their vacations after a tropical storm swept through without widespread disaster, but a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24 hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

BOSTON (AP) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US officials: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

NEW DELHI (AP) - American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Book series continues 'Frozen' adventures

NEW YORK (AP) - The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of "Frozen" fame will continue, at least on paper.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama interrupting summer vacation with trip to DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday - but don't bring any candles to the party, please.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

NEW YORK (AP) - Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," ''Mad Men," ''Survivor" and "Masters of Sex."

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq welcomes US aid to stranded civilians

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Major provisions of veterans health care bill

A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


eport: Russia to block US agricultural imports

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products from the United States.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Pentagon spends nearly $1B a year on unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as it faces budget cuts and forced employee furloughs, the Pentagon is spending nearly a $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily.

March 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pentagon: Iranian plane pursued US spy drone

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Iranian fighter jet approached a U.S. surveillance drone aircraft over the Persian Gulf but broke off its pursuit after a U.S. escort plane discharged a warning flare, the Pentagon said Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. couple arrested on child cruelty charges

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta couple has been arrested on child cruelty charges after police say they duct taped their children and locked them in their bedrooms.

March 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope Francis' humility: stops by hotel to pay bill

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style of papacy than his tradition-minded predecessor, who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican.

March 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks rise in early trading, S&P nears record

NEW YORK (AP) - Encouraging news from the job market pushed the stock market up early Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index near its all-time high.

March 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 8.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's jobless rate rose to 8.7 percent in January, up from 8.4 percent the month before.

March 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate Democrats unveil budget blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats unveiled a largely stand-pat budget Wednesday that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending, while protecting the party's domestic policy priorities and adding $4 trillion more to the national debt than a slashing alternative from House Republicans.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dow notches ninth gain in a row, longest since '96

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average notched its ninth gain in a row, giving the index its longest winning streak in more than sixteen years.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Panel criticizes military on sexual assault cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a stinging rebuke of the military's efforts to curb sexual assault, members of a Senate panel hammered Defense Department officials on Wednesday for making too little progress in combating the crimes and failing to improve a military justice system that victims described as slow and uncaring.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


57 charged in Florida gambling scandal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a widening scandal of a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was $300 million front for illegal gambling.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Francis is first pope from Americas

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church.

March 13, 2013 | BRIAN MURPHY and MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Teen arrested after stealing police cruiser

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - Police say a 13-year-old boy accused of stealing a patrol car and barricading himself inside his house has been taken into custody.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Catholic church has new pope; white smoke rises

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pope in a remarkably fast conclave.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks waver; Retail sales rose in February

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were little changed in early trading on Wall Street after a report showed that retail sales rose more than forecast in February.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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