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Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama pitches for votes on black radio

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Top subprime mortgage firm accused of abuses

The nation's largest servicer of subprime mortgages has engaged in abuses that could potentially harm hundreds of thousands of borrowers, according to the New York Superintendent of Financial Services.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


America says no to cappuccino potato chips

NEW YORK (AP) - America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Televangelist Ernest Angley has long controlled members of his Akron-area congregation by advising them not to have children, shunning those who leave the church and using free labor at his for-profit buffet restaurant and television station, according to a two-month newspaper investigation.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

October 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

NEW YORK (AP) - Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there - why would anyone sign up now for cable?

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In latest big move, US stocks end sharply higher

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing out a wild week with a big gain.

October 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

October 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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House OKs $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than two months after Superstorm Sandy struck, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by the storm.

January 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sandy Hook students return to class

MONROE, Conn. (AP) - The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

Classes resumed for the first time since last month's shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House re-elects Boehner speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of their own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

The 113th Congress convened at 12 noon EST, the constitutionally mandated time, with pomp, pageantry and politics on both sides of the Capitol.

January 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting Russian children, while the Kremlin's children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest of the world.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


U.S. tries to make producing coins cheaper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

December 20, 2012 | JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State Dept security chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benghazi review slams State Dept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


12/21 sparks dread, celebration

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day.

December 19, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Company that made gun used in shooting to be sold

The company that makes one of the weapons used to kill elementary school children in Connecticut is being put up for sale by its owner, which called Friday's tragedy a "watershed event" in the debate over gun control.

December 18, 2012 | JOSHUA FREED and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Obama supports ban on assault weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 dead in Colorado murder-suicide

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities say at least four people have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Longmont in unincorporated Weld County.

December 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newtown plans burials

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A grieving Connecticut town braced itself Monday to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume - and where, given the carnage in the building and the children's associations with it.

The people of Newtown weren't yet ready to address the question just three days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the children and six adults ruthlessly slain by a gunman packing a high-powered rifle.

December 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Connecticut school shooter named

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.

December 14, 2012 | PETE YOST, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tearful Obama calls for action after shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, "Our hearts are broken today." He called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings but did not say what it should be.

December 14, 2012 | BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent | NATION/WORLD


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