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US stocks drift in midday trading, holding near record highs

U.S. stocks are little changed in midday trading as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continues her Congressional testimony.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jury deliberations begin in 'American Sniper' killing trial

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors in the murder trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberations that they should disregard the insanity defense of the defendant's attorneys.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

U.S. stocks edged higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to close at record highs. Investors cheered new signals that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to begin rising interest rates before June and news that Greece's creditors approved another bailout of the cash-strapped country.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls

Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars on U.S. roads have recalled parts that have yet to be repaired.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to veto Keystone XL oil pipeline bill on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority - at least for now.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift in early trading ahead of Yellen remarks

U.S. stock indexes are drifting between small gains and losses in early trading as investors continue to watch for news from Greece and the Federal Reserve.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


McConnell: Strip immigration issue from Homeland budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican is moving to disentangle contested immigration measures from stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - On a hot Friday last July, a parolee was mowing a lawn in a small cul-de-sac on the west side of the city when he stopped to ask for a glass of water.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FIFA recommends November-December for World Cup in Qatar

Long seen as inevitable, a 2022 World Cup in November and December is now practically a done deal.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nielsen: Oscars viewership down 16 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Oscar viewership was down 16 percent from last year and reached its lowest point since 2009, with 36.6 million people watching the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted awards show on ABC Sunday night.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower, pulling Dow back from a record high

U.S. stocks drifted slightly lower in late-afternoon trading Monday, with oil drilling companies and homebuilders notching broad declines. Investors were looking ahead to the start of a two-day round of Congressional testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How Obama action could affect retirement advice from brokers

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of a Washington dispute over investment advice, the Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts. The change would put brokers - who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments - under the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers.

February 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Hagel takes helm at Pentagon after bitter fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel takes charge at the Defense Department with deep budget cuts looming and Republican opponents still doubtful that he's up to the job.

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope says goodbye

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."

February 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Music, movie industry to warn copyright infringers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they're innocent can protest - for a fee.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

CHICAGO (AP) - Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Home Depot leads Dow average higher

NEW YORK (AP) - A jump in home sales and strong earnings from Home Depot helped the Dow claw back more than half of its losses from Monday. Improving consumer confidence also brought back buyers to the market.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court appears conflicted over DNA sampling issue

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Another blow to taxpayers

ATLANTA (AP) - In a case that's being watched closely in Georgia, a federal appeals court has upheld a temporary ban on a Florida law requiring drug testing of welfare recipients.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More of the same Bull

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - No progress to report in negotiations with Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they're open to aspects of his approach to averting looming government-wide spending cuts, seeking to turn up the heat on GOP leaders ahead of Friday's deadline.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bernanke signals continued support for low rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ben Bernanke sent a message Tuesday to Congress: The Federal Reserve's low-interest-rate policies are giving crucial support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars

NEW YORK (AP) - A gold-medal figure skater, a country music legend and a kooky comedian are stepping their way onto "Dancing With the Stars."

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Strong start on Wall Street; Home Depot leads Dow

NEW YORK (AP) - Strong earnings reports from Home Depot and Macy's helped lift stock indexes in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday. A jump in home sales and consumer confidence also brought buyers back to the market.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Italian election inconclusive; global markets drop

ROME (AP) - Italy emerged from elections Tuesday with no clear winner, driving markets around the world markedly lower as investors worried that one of Europe's biggest economies would be unable to build a governing coalition that can stay the course on unpopular austerity measures.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry pushes trans-Atlantic free trade in Germany

BERLIN (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushed Tuesday for a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe, saying it is a priority for President Barack Obama's second term that would help create jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


More Obama scare tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it's a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Organizers cancel this year's Redneck Games

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of the Redneck Games, a Georgia festival that includes competitions such as toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops, say this summer's event is being canceled.

February 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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