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Housing and jobs key to lifting S&P toward record

NEW YORK (AP) - It may be a big if, but assuming Washington lawmakers can get past the "fiscal cliff," many analysts say that the outlook for stocks next year is good, as a recovering housing market and an improving jobs outlook helps the economy maintain a slow, but steady recovery.

December 28, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Chevron's CEO: Affordable energy is crucial

NEW YORK (AP) - Chevron CEO John Watson notices something important as he visits his company's operations around the globe: Governments everywhere find high energy prices much scarier than the threat of global warming.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gun group offers training for Utah teachers

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) - Jessica Fiveash sees nothing wrong with arming teachers. She's one herself, and learned Thursday how to safely use her 9 mm Ruger with a laser sight.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.

December 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


It's husband No. 3 for actress Kate Winslet

NEW YORK (AP) - Kate Winslet has tied the knot again.

December 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Rescue Me' singer Fontella Bass dies

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. She was 72.

December 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bush family quiet about ex-president's condition

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush's family sought privacy and provided no new details Thursday about his medical condition, a day after his spokesman said he's in intensive care after being hospitalized for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough.

December 27, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Woman set on fire in Van Nuys as she sleeps on bench

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have identified a man arrested for allegedly setting a 67-year-old woman on fire as she was sleeping on a bus bench.

December 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ordinary folks losing faith in stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Neitlich is the last person you'd expect to be rattled by the stock market.

December 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


EPA Administrator Jackson announces resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, is stepping down after nearly four years marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.

December 27, 2012 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


The orphaned bobcat who's too nice

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California animal rescue group is trying to help an orphaned bobcat kitten with a problem: She's too nice.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple CEO gets modest pay this year

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got $4.2 million in pay for the latest fiscal year, a modest sum compared with last year, when the company's board set him up with stock now worth $510 million for taking the reins in 2011.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Powerful storm heads into Northeast

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A powerful winter storm blamed for 15 deaths in other parts of the country is bringing rain to southern New England and snow farther north, but the region has been largely spared the pounding that other states took.

December 27, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Mother persuaded kidnapped daughter to tell police

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Police say a California woman kidnapped 10 years ago recently reunited with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities after telling her she tried to find her.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (AP) - They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It's like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


House legislates curbs on NSA record-gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records. It's the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and the Senate is expected to take it up. But civil liberties activists and technology companies say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Fox News anchor charged after airport arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been charged with a misdemeanor following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for allegedly refusing to cooperate with police.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Dozens killed in market attack in northwest China

URUMQI, China (AP) - Attackers hurled bombs from two SUVs that plowed through shoppers at a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90, local officials said.

May 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Gov't says airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Special Operations Forces may get 'Iron Man' suit

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - In the 2008 movie "Iron Man," the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armor with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California state parks director steps down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state parks director abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, just 19 months after he took control of a department that had been rocked by years of fiscal mismanagement.

May 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Judge hears public on serial rapist release to AV

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - After a sniper's bullet killed her husband in Afghanistan earlier this year, Misty Vivirito moved herself and four daughters from a San Diego Marine Corps base to a home in Southern California's Antelope Valley with room enough for horses and other farm animals.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. woman found 10 years after kidnapping

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A woman who was 15 when she disappeared from her California home a decade ago has contacted police and told them she was kidnapped by a man who sexually assaulted her, forced her into marriage and fathered a child with her, authorities said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California mom in custody after 3 daughters killed

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A grandmother arrived at a dilapidated home on a busy Southern California street to visit her daughter and three grandchildren, only to find the girls' small, blood-covered bodies neatly arranged on a bed.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits.

May 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blythe bus crash kills 4

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured at least seven others on the main road linking Southern California and Arizona, authorities said.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rescuers dig for victims of Nigerian car bombs

JOS, Nigeria (AP) - Rescue workers armed with body bags on Wednesday dug into the rubble of buildings destroyed by two car bombs in a central Nigerian city as people searched for loved ones missing in the market attack that killed at least 118.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Cuban blogger's news site hacked after going live

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger.

May 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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