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LOWER OIL PRICES

WASHINGTON (AP) - In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs - 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


4 charged under controversial ‘ag-gag’ law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Four animal activists who took pictures of a large southwestern Utah hog farm have pleaded not guilty to charges filed under a controversial law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Couple accused of caging autistic son, 19

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) - A couple accused of keeping their 19-year-old adopted son in a cage at their home in rural eastern Michigan made a plea deal Thursday and face sentencing in March.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Girl knows she’ll die without chemo

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old girl being forced by state officials to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer said Thursday she understands she'll die if she stops treatment but it should be her decision.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Investor fund buys into pot business

NEW YORK (AP) - The pros are getting into pot.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Dad accused of tossing girl off bridge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Just 12 hours before police said John Jonchuck threw his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge - perhaps while she was still alive - the father calmly told a sheriff's deputy he didn't want to hurt himself or his little girl and had "new clarity in his life."

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Census may use Internet, smartphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Cops restrained teen after shooting brother

CLEVELAND (AP) - A video released by the city of Cleveland shows a police officer pushing a 14-year-old girl to the ground and handcuffing her with the help of another officer soon after a third officer fatally shot her younger brother.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Stores’ best holiday retail sales growth since 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - A rebounding economy and big discounts fueled Americans to spend more briskly in stores than expected during the winter holiday shopping season.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Apple, developers feasting on people’s app-etite for apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple and thousands of mobile software developers are feasting on people's ravenous app-etite for apps.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


JC Penney to shut 40, stores, cut 2,250 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. said that it will close about 40 stores this year and cut approximately 2,250 jobs, as it tries to improve its profitability.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Apple turns retail stores into galleries for iPad, iPhone artists

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is turning its retail stores into art galleries featuring the work of professional photographers and other artists who use iPads, iPhones and Mac computers to create.

January 08, 2015 | | Nation


Wet Seal closing 300+ stores; 3,700 losing jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - Struggling teen clothing retailer Wet Seal is closing 338 stores, about two-thirds of its stores, resulting in nearly 3,700 full- and part-time workers losing their jobs.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


FCC chairman hints at utility- style rules for Internet use

LAS VEGAS (AP) - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


House GOP forcing debate on Social Security’s finances

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security's disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


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Banned live school Nativity goes on with mannequins

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Concord High School in northern Indiana used mannequins instead of student actors after a federal judge banned a live Nativity scene that ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Who’s too old for major treatment?

CHICAGO (AP) - Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


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