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Appeals court hears challenge to Florida drug test law

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers on both sides of a battle over a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test appeared before a federal appeals court Thursday, presenting technical arguments about constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Weekly applications for US jobless aid dip to 363K

WASHINGTON (AP) - Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000 last week, a level consistent with modest hiring.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Consumers give U.S. economy a lift before election

WASHINGTON (AP) - A flurry of reports Thursday showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US stocks rise on strong economic data

U.S. stocks rose strongly Thursday following positive reports about manufacturing and consumer confidence, two keys elements of the economic recovery.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presidential politics reignites in Sandy's wake

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Presidential politics reignited in the wake of natural disaster Thursday, with the candidates beginning their full-throttle closing arguments with new vigor on the same pocketbook concerns that have dominated the campaign from the start.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Salmon swim across flooded road in Washington

UNION, Wash. (AP) - A flooding river covered a road in Washington, allowing some migrating salmon to swim across the pavement.

November 01, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Raft of office-buying fuels disgust from Chinese

XILINHOT, China (AP) - In a small town in northern China's Inner Mongolia where sheep and cattle easily outnumber humans, Fan Chen paid a Communist Party boss three times an average urban resident's annual salary to become a local police chief.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Broker: Wright-designed Ariz. home to be preserved

PHOENIX (AP) - A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home that had been slated for demolition will apparently survive under a new owner.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska's Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption - 100 years ago.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Louisiana ex-con executed for 2003 Texas killing

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend's 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fire erupts at Ky chemical train derailment site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze that left three workers badly burned.

November 01, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Greece outlines new austerity as debt load rises

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's government on Wednesday outlined the new austerity measures it intends to take over the next two years, a series of painful spending cuts and tax hikes that its international bailout creditors are demanding in exchange for rescue loans.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Brad Pitt donates $100K for gay marriage effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syria presses heavy air bombardment of rebels

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian warplanes fired missiles at opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north on Wednesday as Turkey, a key backer of the anti-regime rebels, appeared to distance itself from an earlier call to impose a no-fly zone.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


English town to burn Lance Armstrong in effigy

LONDON (AP) - His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

October 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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