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Gas prices below $2 a gallon in Texas and Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


US: Cleveland police poorly trained, reckless

CLEVELAND (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland reached an agreement Thursday to overhaul the city's police department after federal investigators concluded that officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often and have endangered the public and their fellow officers with their recklessness.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Police cases converge to stir national debate

NEW YORK (AP) - From the White House to the streets of some of America's biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations and its corporate culture.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) - With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson; students tackling sensitive topics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


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‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom took $30,000 before flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Case could weaken government unions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Ranchers’ cause, not tactics, gains support in GOP circles

DENVER (AP) - Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff by a group of ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Rolling Stone slammed over interview

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a big scoop, and one Rolling Stone may well regret.

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom complains about jail conditions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A "woman with means" who was arrested at a Mexican beach resort city with her fugitive teenage son who invoked "affluenza ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Obama vetoes bill to repeal health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s ruin site

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Needle exchange leaders cheer relaxed funding ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Advocates are praising Congress' recent softening of a longtime ban on federal dollars going to needle exchanges amid growing intravenous drug abuse that ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


NY launches into medical pot, with no buds in sight

NEW YORK (AP) - In a sleek Manhattan storefront with an upscale-doctor's-office ambience, New York's measured foray into medical marijuana begins Thursday with a ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


UK links alcohol To cancer

LONDON (AP) - British health officials say drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer. And they've issued tough new guidelines that could prove hard ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Baby formula thefts dog stores

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The recent arrests in Utah of three people accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of baby formula is the latest ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Colleges tell students: Ditch your hoverboards

BOSTON (AP) - One of the holiday's hottest presents is now considered contraband at many U.S. colleges.

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Rare dime worth more than $1M

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Whatever disparaging cliche you've heard about the lowly dime - dime a dozen, nickel and dimed, dime's worth of difference - it ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Obama rips into the NRA over gun control position

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama tore into the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he sought support for his actions on gun control, accusing ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Sheriff meets with armed group, asks them to leave

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - Three Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with an armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon and asked them to leave ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


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