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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 at gun shows. But the overall effect on violence in the U.S. could prove to be modest.

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 the country's biggest financial firms within a year and limit banking fees placed on consumers, should he become president, in a fiery speech on Tuesday.

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's growing military power.

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 home when a plan is in place to turn over management of federal lands to locals.

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 room.

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 leave after asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

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 California.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Attorney general’s stepdaughter held over disputed taxi fare

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's stepdaughter was briefly detained at a police station after an argument with an Uber taxi driver over an unpaid fare, police said Monday.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


GM invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership

DETROIT (AP) - The automotive industry is placing its biggest bet yet that using a device to hail a ride - with or without a driver - is the future of transportation.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


USA sues VW over Emissions cheating

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States, potentially exposing the company to billions of dollars in penalties for clean air violations.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


Smart-tech future beckons us from CES gadget show

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you've never noticed.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


Seeso: A new comedy channel

NEW YORK (AP) - Evan Shapiro thinks you deserve to laugh more. Wherever you are. With hot- and cold-streaming comedy from any screen in reach.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


Medicare is changing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether it's coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


Scalia dismisses concept of religious neutrality

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him.

January 03, 2016 | | Nation


Photos showing El Faro in final resting place

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Federal accident investigators are considering launching another search of the wreckage of a freighter that sank in October in an attempt to locate the ship's "black box."

January 03, 2016 | | Nation


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50 years after Loving, 1 in 6 new couples are racially mixed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving's landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples ...

June 11, 2017 | | Nation


3 challenges Tesla faces

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Inc. was riding high as it hosted its annual shareholders' meeting Tuesday.

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Trump plan to overhaul labor watchdogs faces opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses and advocates for workers are forming a rare alliance against President Donald Trump's proposal to overhaul the way the government investigates ...

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers.

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Macy’s warns about profit margins

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's has warned investors that its profit margins would keep shrinking this year, sending shares in the chain tumbling more than ...

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Apple’s HomePod speaker pumps up volume on tech rivals

SAN JOSE (AP) - Apple is hoping a new smart home speaker will strike a chord with music lovers - the latest test of the iPhone maker ...

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - Religious hospitals don't have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that ...

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Mexican, US legislators meet on NAFTA, trade

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico once jealously guarded its oil and energy industries from U.S. interference, but U.S. legislators said Monday that they sense ...

June 06, 2017 | | Nation


Oh the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss museum opens

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from "And to Think That I Saw ...

June 04, 2017 | | Nation


Quickly report of cancer complications may boost your survival

CHICAGO (AP) - If you're being treated for cancer, speak up about any side effects. A study that had patients use home computers to report ...

June 04, 2017 | | Nation


TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Massachusetts woman accused o

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages ...

June 04, 2017 | | Nation


Portland free speech rally, counter protests draw thousands

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Crowds swelled to several thousand as demonstrators from varying groups converged Sunday afternoon in downtown Portland, Oregon, in the wake of the ...

June 04, 2017 | | Nation


Disability attorney who bilked $600M disappears

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky disability lawyer scheduled to be sentenced next month for defrauding the government of nearly $600 million has disappeared, the ...

June 04, 2017 | | Nation


Explaining windfall elimination provision

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about something called the "government pension offset." It is a law that essentials says this: If you ...

June 02, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Nation


Quitting Paris likely to have muted effect in key USA industries

DALLAS (AP) - President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have only limited immediate impact on many ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


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