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2 years 9 months ago

Severe storms blast South, Midwest

CLAY, Ala. (AP) -- Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday. At least one of the areas affected by the storms, which were part of a system that stretched from...

3 years 2 months ago

Stock market down more than 500 points

(AP) - Dow closes down 520 points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq down more than 4 percent. Stocks are finishing the day with sharp declines, as investors turn their attention back to the weak economy. As for yesterday's late-afternoon surge that saw the market finish with solid gains, investors and...

4 years 1 week ago

Global oil demand seen stronger than expected

The International Energy Agency says it has raised its forecast for global oil demand this year and next following new data showing stronger-than-expected economic growth, especially in rich developed economies. The Paris-based energy watchdog says global demand for crude will reach 86.9 million barrels a day this year, up...

4 years 1 month ago

More college grads default on student loans

The number of people defaulting on their federal student loans is climbing, and those who attend for-profit schools remain the most likely group to default, according to new government data released Monday. The U.S. Department of Education says numbers from fiscal year 2008 show 7 percent of borrowers of...

4 years 1 month ago

New filings for jobless benefits tumble

The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in two months, an encouraging sign that companies aren't resorting to deeper layoffs even as the economy has lost momentum. The Labor Department says new claims for unemployment aid dropped last week by a seasonally...

4 years 2 months ago

2010 budget red ink: $1.3 trillion

Congress' budget analysts are estimating that this year's federal deficit will exceed $1.3 trillion, slightly below last year's total but still a huge ocean of red ink. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the enormous shortfall is a result of the still struggling economy, which has meant lower federal...

4 years 2 months ago

Defense Secretary to retire next year

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he plans to leave his job next year. A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates...

4 years 2 months ago

Mexican drug gangs using US forests

Federal prosecutors believe a single drug organization is behind several marijuana farms that were raided by authorities in a national forest in northeast Wisconsin. Eight men were charged Wednesday after agents raided growing plots in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Investigators say they also found a house transformed into a...

4 years 2 months ago

Arizona to Washington: Give us the money

More agents and more drones along the Mexican border are just what states like Arizona are demanding from Washington. And Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick wants the in-recess Senate to act quickly to make it happen. A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid says they're hoping for passage by the...

4 years 2 months ago

House to consider Jobs Bill

House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment. The one-day session Tuesday also may address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage...

4 years 2 months ago

Obama playing host to Super Bowl champs

Now that training camp is underway for the new NFL season, President Barack Obama will welcome the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints to the White House on Monday. The Saints will hold a football clinic with Washington-area children before the event with Obama. After their White House meeting,...

4 years 2 months ago

BP could begin capping operation today

BP engineers in the Gulf of Mexico want to start sealing up the blown-out oil well today, but first they're running a test. They plan to probe the busted blowout preventer with an oil-like liquid to determine whether it can handle the sealing-up process, called a "static kill." If...

4 years 2 months ago

Shuttle contractor laying off 1,400 workers

The private contractor that handles the bulk of the work servicing NASA's space shuttle fleet is notifying 1,400 employees in Florida, Texas and Alabama that they will be laid off in the fall. United Space Alliance this week began telling workers, including 900 employees at the Kennedy Space Center,...

4 years 3 months ago

Facebook nears half-billion accounts

Facebook, the undisputed heavyweight champ of social networking sites a celebrates a milestone this week--it will sign up user number 500-million. Annette Stewart, one of those nearly half a billion users explains why she can't stop using the site. "Before it was a way to communicate with friends. Although...

4 years 3 months ago

5 Great Lakes states sue feds over Asian carp

Five states are suing the federal government and Chicago's water department in federal court, demanding stronger action to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in northern Illinois. It seeks an order to close...

4 years 3 months ago

DC area shaken by minor earthquake

The Washington, D.C., area was shaken by a minor earthquake. The quake hit at 3:04 a.m. MDT with a magnitude of 3.6. A physicist with U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center says the quake was centered in the Rockville, Maryland, area. There were no immediate reports of...

4 years 3 months ago

Olive oil study questions 'extra virgin' claims

A University of California-Davis study shows that many of the olive oils sold in the United States are not the top-grade, extra-virgin oils that their labels proclaim. Researchers conducted the first academic investigation of olive oil quality by sampling popular international and national brands. American produced olive oils...

4 years 3 months ago

House bill would make school lunches healthier

House Democrats are moving forward on first lady Michelle Obama's vision for healthier school lunches, propelling legislation that calls for tougher standards governing food in school and more meals for hungry children. The bill approved by the House Education and Labor Committee Thursday would allow the Agriculture Department to...

4 years 3 months ago

Economy still struggling to recover

The latest economic reports contain new signs that the recovery remains tepid. Regional manufacturing indexes in New York and Philadelphia plummeted this month, but a national report showed modest growth in industrial output nationwide. The government also reported that first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell, but that was...

4 years 3 months ago

BP ready to test oil well cap

They've fixed a leak -- and now engineers for BP are getting ready to see if a new cap on the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is enough to contain the gusher. The test will involve closing off all three openings in the cap, and then monitoring...

4 years 3 months ago

Abducted California girl found in Phoenix

Authorities say a girl abducted by relatives from her California foster parents nearly seven years ago when she was an infant has been found living in Phoenix. Investigators from the Phoenix Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and FBI found the 7-year-old girl Wednesday afternoon at a Phoenix...

4 years 3 months ago

US trade deficit balloons in May

The U.S. trade deficit widened in May to the highest level in 18 months as a rebounding economy pushed up demand for imports of foreign-made cars, computers and clothing. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit increased 4.8 percent to $42.3 billion, the largest imbalance since November 2008. ...

4 years 3 months ago

Jet makes emergency landing in Aleutians

American Airlines says one of its jets made an emergency landing on an island in Alaska's Aleutians after a fire warning light went off. Company spokesman Tim Smith says Flight 175, en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Tokyo, landed safely on Shemya Island shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. It...

4 years 3 months ago

Chrysler safety recall: brakes

The government says Chrysler is recalling about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks to fix brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid. Chrysler says its recall affects certain 2010 Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wranglers that could have defective brake tubes. The...

4 years 3 months ago

Body found near duck boat crash site

Police say a female body was pulled from the waters of the Delaware River near the site of a collision between an amphibious tour boat and a 250-foot barge that left two people missing. Coast Guard Petty Officer Crystal Kneen says the body was recovered early Friday just north...

4 years 3 months ago

Presbyterians divided over gays

U.S. Presbyterians continue to be divided over how to treat gay and lesbian Christians. The church's leaders have approved a more liberal policy on gay clergy but decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples. Approval of both measures could have made the...

4 years 3 months ago

Mortgage rates drop to record low

Mortgage rates fell for the second straight week to the lowest point in five decades, but it may not be enough to jump-start the housing market. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the average rate for 30-year fixed loans dropped to 4.57 percent. That's down from the previous record of...

4 years 3 months ago

Russian, US spy swap appears imminent

Evidence is mounting that Russia and the United States are preparing for the largest spy swap since the Cold War. In Moscow, riot police on Thursday secured the perimeter of a prison thought to be holding convicted spies for the West as convoy of armored vehicles arrived at the...

4 years 3 months ago

Byrd burial service planned for today

A private burial is planned for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd at a suburban Washington cemetery. Byrd is to be buried Tuesday at a cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, next to his late wife Erma. The burial is the final moment of farewell for the elder West Virginia statesman...

4 years 4 months ago

Senate approves home tax credit extension

The Senate has approved a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring. The move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases and qualify for tax credits...

4 years 4 months ago

Cupidtino: Dating for Apple aficionados

Apple's ads used to challenge consumers to "think different." Now a website wants to help fans of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computer maker date different, too. Called Cupidtino - an homage to Apple's home base in Cupertino, California - the site aims to connect Apple aficionados with like-minded...

4 years 4 months ago

Proposed new rules for college recruitment

Colleges would no longer be allowed to pay recruiters for students or engage in aggressive or misleading recruitment under proposed new federal regulations that target the practices of for-profit colleges. The proposed new Department of Education rules are to be announced Wednesday. They apply to all colleges but are...

4 years 4 months ago

NORAD plans joint exercise with Russia

The Colorado Springs-based North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Russian Air Force plan to conduct a joint air defense exercise in August. The focus will be combating terrorism. This exercise will take place in both Russian and U.S. airspace, over Alaska and Russia.

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