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1 week 13 hours ago

Airstrikes in Syria continue overnight

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. and five Arab countries have launched airstrikes on militants in the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. The airstrikes were carried out Monday night Eastern Time, and activists say not only did they target the Islamic State group, resulting in casualties, but also the al-Qaida-linked...

1 year 2 months ago

Moody's upgrades outlook for US government debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moody's Investors Service upgraded the outlook for U.S. government debt to 'Stable' from "Negative" and affirmed the United States' blue-chip Aaa rating. The rating agency cited a surprising drop in the federal deficit - the difference between what the government collects in taxes and what it spends....

1 year 3 months ago

Senate passes immigration bill

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul bill in a bi-partisan vote, making it the first attempt to tackle immigration reform in six years. Fourteen Republicans joined all Democrats to pass the legislation. The bill would revamp America's legal immigration system, vastly increase security resources along the...

2 years 6 months ago

No easy solution for child tobacco use

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More work needs to be done to keep young Americans from using tobacco, including creating smoking bans and increasing taxes on tobacco products, the U.S. Surgeon General's office said in a report released Thursday. Almost one in five high school-aged teens smokes, down from earlier decades,...

3 years 9 months ago

Springs ranks as holiest city in US

Men's Health Magazine considers Colorado Springs to be the holiest city in the nation. In their December issue, the magazine rated the 100 Holiest Hometowns in America. The magazine used US Census data and the phone book to compare the number of places of worship per capita with the...

3 years 11 months ago

US enters top 20 in ending gender bias

A newly released survey of 134 nations shows four Nordic countries lead the world in eliminating inequality between men and women. Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden have topped the Global Gender Gap Index since it was first released in 2006 by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, and Iceland remained...

3 years 11 months ago

Retail data: September sales edge up

Americans bought electronics and back-to-school clothes in September but held back on luxuries. Data released Wednesday by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse show careful spending, erratic weather and tepid economic news dampened sales last month. The figures include transactions in all forms including cash. Clothing sales rose 3.8 percent, helped...

3 years 11 months ago

New Supreme Court term starts today

The Supreme Court is starting its new term with a new justice, Elena Kagan, and bad news for hundreds of parties trying to get their cases heard at the high court. The justices are expected to start work Monday by denying many of the nearly 2,000 appeals that piled...

4 years 2 days ago

Senate moves toward saving US jobs

The Senate is headed toward a vote on a bill to punish corporations that send jobs overseas. Senate Democrats are trying to claim the loss of jobs overseas as a campaign issue just before Congress heads home for the November elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a...

4 years 1 week ago

US unemployment claims last week: 465,000

The tally of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week after four weeks of flat or declining figures. The Labor Department says initial claims for jobless aid rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 465,000. Many economists had expected a flat reading or a small drop. ...

4 years 1 week ago

Afghan helicopter crash kills 9 Americans

A helicopter crash killed nine American troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday, NBC News reported. The incident made 2010 the deadliest year for foreign troops of the war, according to monitoring website iCasualties.org. The deaths take the toll so far this year to at least 529. Last year, 521 foreign...

4 years 1 week ago

Groups allied to GOP boost their fundraising

New freedom from fundraising restrictions established by the Supreme Court are paying off for at least some Republican-allied groups. Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million, creating a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November....

4 years 2 weeks ago

Jump in US homes lost to foreclosure

New foreclosure data shows lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis three years ago. Foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. says 95,364 homes were repossessed by lenders last month. That's an increase of 25 percent from the same...

4 years 1 month ago

Toyota recalls Corollas, Matrixes

Toyota is recalling more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks with engines that may stall. Toyota said Thursday that the recalls affect vehicles sold in North America from the 2005-2008 model years. Three accidents and one injury have been reported due to the problem. Federal...

4 years 1 month ago

Pentagon takes aim at China cyber threat

The U.S. is warning about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks repeatedly aimed at American companies and government agencies. The Pentagon says the People's Liberation Army is using "information warfare units" to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks. Those units...

4 years 1 month 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 1 month ago

BC police: Bears surrounded pot fields

Police who uncovered two marijuana fields near the U.S.-Canada border had to tread carefully: 13 black bears were wandering around the crops. The fields of about 2,300 plants were found near Christina Lake, just a few miles from the border. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says...

4 years 1 month ago

Border Patrol sees spike in suicides

U.S. Border Patrol agents are killing themselves in greater numbers, after nearly four years without one suicide. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that at least 15 agents have taken their own lives since February 2008. It's the largest spike in suicides the agency has seen in at...

4 years 1 month ago

US Army begins relief missions in Pakistan

U.S. Army helicopters have flown their first relief missions in Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest. An Associated Press reporter saw four U.S. Chinooks evacuating hundreds of people stranded for days in a mountain town in the upper reaches of the Swat Valley. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said Thursday the choppers...

4 years 2 months ago

Man gets life in spy case, wife also punished

A federal judge has sentenced a former State Department worker to life in prison without possibility of parole for spying for Cuba and sentenced the man's wife to 81 months behind bars for helping her husband steal U.S. Secrets. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers betrayed...

4 years 2 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 2 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

U.S. launches criminal probe of BP spill

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Holder would not specify which companies or individuals might be the targets of the probe. He said federal clean air and pollution laws give him the...

4 years 4 months ago

Consumer spending posts weak April reading

Consumer spending in April turned in the weakest performance in seven months, while incomes posted a tiny advance. The Commerce Department says consumer spending was unchanged last month. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent rise. Personal incomes rose 0.4 percent, less than the 0.5 percent gain economists had...

4 years 4 months ago

AFA cadet parade this morning

Graduation week is is full swing at the Air Force Academy, where the cadet wing will hold a parade Monday morning at 10. The Organizational Awards Parade features cadet squadrons receiving awards in the categories of leadership, military, academics and athletics will be honored. It will be held at Stillman...

4 years 4 months ago

Toyota recalls Lexus cars in Japan

Toyota is recalling 4,500 Lexus cars in Japan because of a computer problem affecting the model's steering system, with a similar recall to follow in the U.S. The carmaker says another 7,000 cars are affected in the U.S., China, Europe and other regions. The recall affects Toyota's luxury Lexus...

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