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Defense bill gives Obama rare Guantanamo victory

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to half the terror suspects held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay could be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said.

December 19, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dog that survived gassing headed to Rose Parade

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue

NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

December 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Congress passes bipartisan budget agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Govt: 500 killed in South Sudan violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - At least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed in South Sudan since Sunday, a senior government official said, as an ethnic rivalry threatened to tear apart the world's newest country.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Holiday shopping season: a disappointment so far

NEW YORK (AP) - Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap, AnnTaylor and other stores give a clue as to how the holiday season is going.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue

NEW YORK (AP) - The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man arrested in deadly California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A man was arrested on suspicion of arson and murder in a wildfire over the summer that destroyed dozens of homes and left one person dead in rural Northern California, a fire official confirmed on Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fed will reduce bond purchases by $10B in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve says it will reduce its $85 billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in January, citing a stronger U.S. job market. And it says it will take further steps to reduce the pace of the purchases next year if that improvement continues.

December 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian aircraft pound Aleppo for 4th straight day

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Mass. high-tech startup hopes to change biking

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ousted Egypt president to be tried for conspiracy

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's top prosecutor referred Wednesday toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial for conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and others to carry out a campaign of violence to destabilize the country following his ouster.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Marine center offers degree, hands-on training

GRASSY KEY, Fla. (AP) - Molly, a bottlenose dolphin in her early 50s, can't see very well and requires special care. The staff at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys is teaching her to respond to verbal and touch-related signals before she loses her sight completely.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Haiti faults orphanage run by well-off US church

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.

December 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Pakistan: 80,000 flee northwest offensive

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Nearly 80,000 people have fled a tribal region in northwest Pakistan over the last two days, an official said, as the military continues its offensive in the rugged area near the Afghan border.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds say trucker in Morgan crash was speeding

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama to speak on Iraq; US weighs its options

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq's stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a full-scale civil war.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Turmoil in Iraq pushes up US gas prices

Violence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.

June 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American Apparel board votes to oust CEO Charney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The board of American Apparel voted to oust founder Dov Charney as chairman and notified him of its intent to remove him as president and chief executive, the clothing chain said in a statement Wednesday night.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Cheese! Small businesses get sales off Instagram

NEW YORK (AP) - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Afghan candidate seeks halt to runoff vote count

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded Wednesday that Afghan electoral authorities stop counting ballots from a weekend runoff vote, citing new allegations of widespread fraud. The election commission refused and appealed to all sides to await final results.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


House Republicans Look To Leadership Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California appears likely to win election as House majority leader on Thursday when Republicans vote in the wake of Eric Cantor's surprising primary defeat, but an unpredictable, contest to select a new party whip may tell more about the House GOP's future.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jay Leno to win nation's top humor prize in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly retired from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation's top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Shield' actor pleads not guilty in death of wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An actor who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday in the death of his wife and was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trademark board rules against Redskins name

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal trademark board ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

WASHINGTON (AP) - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment

Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.

June 18, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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