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In 2014, nation’s economy began shaky, finished strong

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

December 26, 2014 | | Nation


Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA.

December 26, 2014 | | Nation


Goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Leaders call for calm after police shooting

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’?

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DOG SURVIVES 15-STORY FALL WITH A BIG SPLASH: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A partially blind dog has survived a fall from the balcony outside his owner's downtown Sacramento condominium into a hot tub 15 stories below.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 tree

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Salvation Army: Boston jewelry gifts ‘contagious’

BOSTON (AP) - What started with a widow quietly dropping her wedding rings into a Salvation Army donation kettle has spawned spontaneous acts of jewelry generosity this holiday season.

December 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man mistakenly sells mattress set with cat inside for $100

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When an Oregon man sold his girlfriend's mattress set for $100 because she was moving in with him, little did he realize her cat was hiding inside.

December 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA clears Novo Nordisk’s weight loss drug Saxenda

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Novo Nordisk diabetes drug as a treatment for obesity. It's the first injectable drug approved for weight loss.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


HELICOPTERING

NEW YORK (AP) - Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure's sake once their only child left home for college.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Natural gas down 29% in a month

NEW YORK (AP) - Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train disaster settlement growing

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Congressman guilt of tax evasion

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election in November, but he remained determined to stay in office even with his sentencing now looming.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cops’ deaths highlight outdated systems

NEW YORK (AP) - After Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend and posted an online death threat against police, investigators in Maryland used modern cellphone tracking technology to follow his journey to New York City in real time.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


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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


Drones must learn to navigate populated areas to avoid crashes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities - without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


NYC lifting ban on student cellphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio will lift a longtime ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, ending a widely unpopular practice and bringing the city in line with other large school districts.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


NYC lifting ban on student cellphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio will lift a longtime ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, ending a widely unpopular practice and bringing the city in line with other large school districts.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Gunmen kill 12 at weekly newspaper

PARIS (AP) - Police hunted for three heavily armed men with possible links to al-Qaida in the military-style, methodical killing of 12 people Wednesday at the office of a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Billboard firm sues couple for ‘harassment’ overbright sign

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple angry over a lighted sign near their rural home has driven away six advertisers and cost the billboard company $50,000, according to a harassment suit brought by the sign's owner.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Gay advocates assail new TV show

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Preston "Pret" Dahlgren has led what might seem like a picture-perfect Mormon life: He met his high school sweetheart in Sunday school as a teenager, completed his mission and married her. He is active in the church and the proud father of two young daughters.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Brother’s killer suffered abuse

WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A 15-year-old girl who fatally shot her 16-year-old brother suffered years of abuse, including being locked in a room for weeks at a time with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom, according to police reports and interviews.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Truck of cheap light bulbs heads for Chicago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Three men purchased enough state-subsidized, energy-efficient light bulbs to fill a rented truck with the bright idea of selling them for a profit in Chicago, police said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty in death of WW2 veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who survived the battle of Okinawa but was killed in a robbery outside a Washington state bar in 2013.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Deputies wound man in shootout

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Deputies have shot and wounded a gunman they say opened fire during a traffic stop in rural San Bernardino County.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Official’s threat to keep name out of print backfires

FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) - Kirby Delauter might need to rethink his strategy for keeping his name out of print.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


Are officers in work slowdown?

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite efforts by New York City officials to tout a dip in serious crime, another statistic is getting more attention - a steep decline in the number of arrests across all five boroughs in the two weeks since two police officers were shot dead in their patrol car.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


2 arrested after shooting 2 NYC officers

NEW YORK (AP) - Two suspects in an armed holdup followed by a wild shootout that left a pair of plainclothes police officers wounded were arrested Tuesday after an intense manhunt.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


Firms could skirt health law by hiring vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the new Congress' first day, the House unanimously approved Republican legislation Tuesday making it easier for smaller companies to avoid providing health care coverage to their workers by hiring veterans.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


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