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Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

NEW YORK (AP) - Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy slows to 2.6% growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.

January 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock market rises after good news on earnings, job market

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is closing sharply higher after investors received encouraging news on corporate earnings and the jobs market.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans demanded wholesale change at the Justice Department Thursday as they questioned whether President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, would provide it.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.

January 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks slump as another dip in oil drags down the market

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

DENVER (AP) - Tourists who fly to Colorado to try legal pot can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed stays 'patient' but voices new low inflation concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is reiterating that it will be "patient" in raising rates from record lows but is signaling greater concern about excessively low inflation.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Contracts to buy US homes slide in August

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

WASHINGTON (AP) - For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

September 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it at least three days earlier.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US has identified masked man in beheading videos

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Groundhog dies after escaping NYC mayor's grip

NEW YORK (AP) - Her shadow was one of the last things she saw.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed's Lockhart says inflation risk still low

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said Thursday he has more confidence in the economy than he did a year ago, suggesting he's not seeking an increase in interest rates until mid-2015 or later.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with US

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation is poised to receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for an American Indian tribe.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Holder resigning as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

NEW YORK (AP) - New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Suspect captured, but UVa student still missing

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition - but there is still no sign of the student, authorities said.

September 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NutraSweet to stop making aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame and instead concentrate on more profitable sweeteners.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

September 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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