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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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Maine governor: Drug dealers impregnate ‘young white’ girls

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Blunt-spoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage said out-of-state drug dealers are impregnating "young white" girls, and his remarks were quickly denounced by critics ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Bill would make videotaping police a crime if too close

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker wants to bar the public from videotaping law enforcement officers from close-range, saying groups that rush in to film police ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


$700 MILLION POWERBALL

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Schools mull medical marijuana policies over student use

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Hold the 16-oz drink, limit salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Better cut down on sugar, especially those 16-ounce drinks, and limit your salt. But you might not need to worry quite as much ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Feds launch criminal look at Chipotle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chipotle said it has been subpoenaed as part of a federal criminal investigation and that sales plummeted 30 percent in December after ...

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency budget plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than calling for tax help, but the agency's in-house ...

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


BACKGROUND CHECKS EXPAND

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's move to tighten controls on guns could curb the unregulated buying and selling of weapons over the Internet and ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

NEW YORK (AP) - Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


US Navy Pacific Fleet smaller, even as China’s military grows

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet is shrinking even as the U.S. and its allies are facing challenges posed by China ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Leader of armed group wants land transfer, then will go home

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - A leader of the small, armed group that is occupying a remote national wildlife preserve in Oregon said Tuesday they will go ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Police say girl abused as mother worked as prostitute in next room

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama said Tuesday that a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while her mother worked as a prostitute in another ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


College begins effort to fire professor for Islam comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of a Christian college in suburban Chicago on Tuesday said they have begun efforts to fire a professor who was placed on ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Charges considered in fatal dog-mauling of California boy

LINDA (AP) - Authorities were considering Tuesday whether to seek criminal charges against a woman whose pit bull dogs mauled to death her 9-year-old brother in ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


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