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UPDATE: Hagel takes helm at Pentagon after bitter fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel was sworn in Wednesday as defense secretary - President Barack Obama's third in just over four years - and said that one of his highest priorities will be ensuring fair treatment of troops, veterans and their families.

February 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


The party's over for Fashion's Night Out

NEW YORK (AP) - The party's over for Fashion's Night Out.

February 27, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Dennis Rodman worms his way into North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style - tattoos, nose studs and all - to the country with possibly the world's strictest dress code: North Korea.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


World's postal services struggle with lower demand

OTAKI, New Zealand (AP) - Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Auction of recluse's gold nets $3.5 million

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse's gold reached a new chapter Tuesday when a portion of the trove raked in more than $3.5 million at auction.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Uncertainty clouds future of Calif nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mounting bill tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California jumped to more than $400 million through December, as the company that runs it contends with costly repairs and a host of questions about its future, regulatory filings and officials said Tuesday.

February 27, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Voters head to polls in ex-Rep. Jackson's district

CHICAGO (AP) - After a fierce primary campaign dominated by gun control, ethics and economic woes, voters were choosing the likely replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. on Tuesday, three months after his legal troubles and battle with depression forced the son of the civil rights leader to resign from Congress.

February 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Billionaire launches plans for Titanic replica

NEW YORK (AP) - What could possibly go wrong?

February 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd major snowstorm paralyzes parts of Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For the second time in a week, a major winter storm paralyzed parts of the nation's midsection Tuesday, dumping a fresh layer of heavy, wet snow atop cities still choked with piles from the previous system and making travel perilous from the Oklahoma panhandle to the Great Lakes.

February 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


BP executive testifies at Gulf oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A ranking BP executive testified Tuesday that the London-based oil giant and its contractors share the responsibility for preventing blowouts like the one that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill in 2010.

February 26, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Half-dozen ex-LAPD officers seek firing reviews

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least six former officers have requested a reopening of their termination cases since the Los Angeles Police Department started investigating allegations by a former officer who left a trail of violence to avenge his firing.

February 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


More water, less buzz in Bud, Michelob beer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Beer lovers across the U.S. have accused Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands, in class-action suits seeking millions in damages.

February 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tribune hires advisers to field newspaper bids

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tribune Co. says it has hired investment banks JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Evercore Partners to help it sell its newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

February 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate confirms Hagel for defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama's pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.

February 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fiery balloon accident kills 19 tourists in Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) - The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths.

February 26, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama: U.S. to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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