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Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drop as investors assess corporate earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - A sell-off in stocks worsened in Thursday afternoon trading as investors assessed the latest corporate earnings. Harman International, which makes audio systems for cars, and Yelp, an online listings company, fell sharply after posting weak earnings.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Baltimore officials: No immediate decision in Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end lower following weak economic growth

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower as traders react to weak U.S. economic growth.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly stopped. It offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Calvin Peete, winner of 12 PGA Tour events, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning. He was 71.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers decided to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bud Light: Sorry for saying it removes 'no' from vocabulary

NEW YORK (AP) - Anheuser-Busch is apologizing for a slogan that appeared on bottles saying Bud Light removes the word 'no' from drinkers' vocabulary.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Most 8th graders score low on US history, civics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time for another history lesson.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A weak open for US stocks following weak growth and earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly lower as traders reacted to weak U.S. economic growth and some disappointing earnings.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy barely grew in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday as investors worked through another large batch of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results. Twitter plunged nearly 20 percent after its results, which were released unexpectedly early, missed analysts' marks.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regions Bank fined $7.5 million for illegal overdraft fees

NEW YORK (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Regions Bank $7.5 million for illegally charging customers for overdraft protection.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ship hunts for more 'pings' in Malaysia jet search

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Search crews in the Indian Ocean failed to pick up more of the faint underwater sounds that may have been from the missing Malaysian jetliner's black boxes whose batteries are at the end of their life.

April 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks slump, extending decline from last week

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks extended their slump Monday afternoon, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index on track for its first three-day losing streak since January. Declines were led by companies that sell goods and services that are not essential for shoppers.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

April 07, 2014 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obit-Mickey Rooney-

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died Sunday at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, received an Emmy and a Tony nomination.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barbara Walters sets May 16 for exit

NEW YORK (AP) - Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.

April 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hasbro picks 5 'house rules' for new Monopoly set

NEW YORK (AP) - No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.

April 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids.

April 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fort Hood gunman showed no prior sign of violence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood never saw combat during a deployment to Iraq and had shown no apparent risk of violence before gunning down fellow service members on the same military base that was the scene of an infamous 2009 mass shooting, authorities said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

April 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court loosens reins on big campaign donors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

April 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman kills 3 at Ford Hood

Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

April 02, 2014 | Will Weissert, Associated Press Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.

April 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP's small-state edge boosts its Senate hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans' habit of sorting themselves into Republican and Democratic regions is rewarding GOP Senate candidates because of their success in small conservative states.

April 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Malaysian credibility in jet hunt challenged again

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - It may mean little to investigators that the last words air traffic controllers heard from the lost jetliner were "Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero," rather than "All right, good night." But to Malaysian officials whose credibility has been questioned almost from the beginning, it means a great deal.

April 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feds may pull funding over Ga. food stamp problems

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials are threatening to cut off up to $76 million in administrative funding if Georgia doesn't make big changes to its food stamp system.

March 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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