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List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'

DETROIT (AP) - Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. "Spoiler alert" is among them. So are "kick the can down the road," ''trending" and "bucket list."

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: AP Sources: 'Fiscal cliff' deal emerging

WASHINGTON (AP) - Working with Congress against a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama said Monday that a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was in sight but not yet finalized. The emerging deal would raise tax rates on family income over $450,000 and individual income over $400,000 a year, increase the estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis. A tone-setting quotation was Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's assertion that the House under Republican Speaker John Boehner had been "operating with a dictatorship."

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Armstrong better, Green Day to resume tour in 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Green Day is going back on the road.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


NTSB sends investigators to Ore. bus crash site

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A federal agency has sent two investigators to the site of an Eastern Oregon tour bus crash that killed nine people.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Attorney: Death Row inmate was improperly shackled

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court is weighing whether to overturn the murder conviction and death sentence of a California inmate whose attorneys say he was improperly shackled during his trial.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Final resting place of Newtown gunman a mystery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The body of the man who massacred 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school was claimed by his father, a family spokesman said Monday, but the public may never know what happened with the remains.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kanye West, Kim Kardashian expecting 1st child

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A kid for Kimye: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says it appears that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff is "in sight," but says it's not yet complete and work continues.

December 31, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Blasts aimed at Iraqi Shiites, police kill 23

BAGHDAD (AP) - Insurgents launched a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday, primarily targeting Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 23 people, officials said.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


First gay Anglican bishop reflects on tenure in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church until he realized that he was wasting a pulpit from which he could advocate for equality.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


International envoy warns of failed state in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - The international envoy seeking to end Syria's civil war warned Sunday that the failure of the government and the rebels to pursue a political solution could lead to the "full collapse of the Syrian state" and threaten the world's security.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Indian gang rape victim's body cremated privately

NEW DELHI (AP) - A young woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India's capital was cremated privately as millions of grieving, angry residents demanded greater protection for women from sexual violence.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

NEW YORK (AP) - A 31-year-old woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

December 31, 2012 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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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