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Algerian extremists behead French hostage

RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained Wednesday by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to address UN amid new strikes

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart launching mobile checking account

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Wal-Mart is launching a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate some of the fees charged by banks.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US officials: Terrorist group was nearing attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to order airstrikes against an al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group was based on intelligence suggesting that the group was close to carrying out a terror plot against the U.S. or Europe, administration officials said Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Clothes taken in search for missing UVa student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a second search of the home of the man believed to be the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student, officials said they took pieces of clothing, but they would not elaborate on the importance of the items Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Joint Chiefs chair: 'No safe haven' for militants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. launched strikes against a group said to be plotting to attack the U.S. and Western interests.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

ERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

September 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A television reporter revealed during a live on-air segment that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug ahead of a November ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of pot in Alaska.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White House security changes weighed

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is "obviously concerned" about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks open lower as China weighs on markets

NEW YORK (AP) - US stocks opened lower on Monday amid concerns over China's economy. Silver fell again, dropping to its lowest level in over four years.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition and is calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Illinois city marks birthday with mega bratwurst

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Residents in the southwest Illinois city of Belleville celebrated its 200th birthday with a 200-foot bratwurst, complete with a 200-foot bun.

September 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Huge license plate scanner networks track drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A battle over massive systems that use cameras to monitor license plates and track drivers' comings and goings across the country has raised the ire of those who are being rebuffed in their attempts to find out how the information is being used.

September 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Social Security benefits to go up 1.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, despite the recent surge in gas prices, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

October 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VP debate tees up closing issues

In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

October 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Yemen security chief killed at US Embassy

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

October 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya military team: security weak

The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya said Wednesday the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, never had the forces it needed to protect itself.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Taliban shoot 14-year-old girl activist

Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was admired across a battle-scarred region of Pakistan for exposing the Taliban's atrocities and advocating for girls' education in the face of religious extremists. On Tuesday, the Taliban nearly killed her to quiet her message.

October 10, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandusky sentenced to 30 - 60 years

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison - effectively a life sentence - in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

October 09, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New Alzheimer drug shows some promise

BOSTON (AP) - Combined results from two studies of an experimental Alzheimer's drug suggest it might modestly slow mental decline, especially in patients with mild disease.

October 08, 2012 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


Freeze, drought take bite out of fall tourism

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Devastating spring freezes and a historic drought have stripped some charm from rustic fall destinations, leaving some corn too short to create mazes, orchards virtually devoid of apples and fall colors muted.

October 08, 2012 | RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Medicine Nobel prize for stem cell work

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Two scientists from different generations won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for the groundbreaking discovery that cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become completely different kinds, potentially opening the door to growing customized tissues for treatments.

October 08, 2012 | KARL RITTER and LOUISE NORDSTROM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandusky at risk of sex assault in prison

Because of who he is and what he's done, Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week.

October 08, 2012 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court looks at race in college admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

October 08, 2012 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

October 05, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney barrels out of first debate

DENVER (AP) - Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning Americans that his GOP rival's policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.

October 04, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to combine their struggling cellphone businesses in a deal aimed at letting them compete better with their three larger rivals.

The combined company will use the T-Mobile brand and have 42.5 million subscribers.

October 03, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Skydiver aims to break sound barrier

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - His blood could boil. His lungs could overinflate. The vessels in his brain could burst. His eyes could hemorrhage.

October 03, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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