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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter accounts of New York Post,news agency hacked

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump’s speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


Samsung delays its new phone, focuses on tablets instead

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone.

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


New Dem Party chairman pledges to repair, unite party

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


School seminar sparks civil rights, race debate

WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) - When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


McCorvey, at center of abortion ruling, dies

DALLAS (AP) - Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Trump steps up security aide search, also focuses on rewriting health care

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump brought more contenders for national security adviser to his Palm Beach club for in-person interviews Sunday, hoping ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s revised travel ban targets same countries

WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Trump: Remark about Sweden referred to something on TV

HELSINKI (AP) - Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Penn State students raise $10 million in dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Hundreds of hardy Penn State students raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle ...

February 19, 2017 | | Nation


Gun industry seeks to ease government restrictions on silencers

ATLANTA (AP) - They are the stuff of legend, wielded by hit men and by James Bond. For decades, buying a silencer for a firearm has ...

February 14, 2017 | | Nation


Judge denies request to halt Dakota A pipeline work

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Monday refused to stop construction on the last stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline, which is progressing much faster ...

February 14, 2017 | | Nation


DHS arrested 680 illegals during week-long roundup

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department said Monday that 680 people were arrested in roundups last week targeting immigrants living illegally in the United States ...

February 14, 2017 | | Nation


Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state ...

February 14, 2017 | | Nation


White House names replacement shortlist

NEW YORK (AP) - His administration dealt a significant blow after not even a month in office, President Donald Trump must now fill a vital national ...

February 14, 2017 | | Nation


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