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Gay couples marry in Arkansas; most clerks sit out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Dozens of gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state's 10-year-old same-sex marriage ban, but only at a handful of courthouses as an overwhelming majority of county clerks in this part of the Bible Belt said they first wanted the state Supreme Court to weigh in.

May 12, 2014 | By CHRISTINA HUYNH Associated Press | Nation


Scientists still working to ID victims from 9/11

NEW YORK - Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

May 09, 2014 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Nation


HHS nominee faces GOP questions on health law

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary faced pointed questioning Thursday from Republican senators over the president's health law but also won GOP praise in her first appearance before a Senate committee.

May 08, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


Primary featuring Clay Aiken too close to call

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

May 07, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


House Democrats protest plan for Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON - House Democrats insist that a special select committee on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, raising doubts about their participation in the election-year investigation of the Obama administration.

May 07, 2014 | By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press | Nation


American economy bounces back from brutal winter

WASHINGTON -The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market's gains could endure.

May 02, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writers | Nation


A fading middle-class perk: lower mortgage rates

WASHINGTON - For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.

April 25, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

April 23, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press | Nation


Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states.

April 22, 2014 | By SAM HANANEL Associated Press | Nation


Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON - A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

April 22, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

LOS ANGELES - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer | Nation


Study: Fathers as likely as mothers to kill their infants

The discovery of seven babies found dead and concealed in the garage of a Utah home has Americans struggling to comprehend what would drive a mother to allegedly kill her newborn babies.

April 17, 2014 | By MARJORIE CORTEZ Deseret News National | Nation


Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

April 15, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

April 11, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


'It's a Small World' turns 50 with sing-along

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The timeless Disney tune "It's a Small World" that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.

April 10, 2014 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Nation


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Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON - Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

August 28, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

August 28, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | Nation


Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

MIAMI - The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad.

August 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Inspector General: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 26, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Nation


Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

August 25, 2014 | By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer | Nation


Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

WASHINGTON - The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | By PETE YOST and MARCY GORDON Associated Press | Nation


Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.

August 20, 2014 | By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer | Nation


Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests

CLAYTON, Mo. - As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.

August 20, 2014 | By JIM SUHR | Nation


Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

August 18, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer | Nation


Pathologist: Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Critics: Equipping police like armies is taking it too far

WASHINGTON - The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Police identify Ferguson officer, allege teen robbed convenience store

FERGUSON, Mo. - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | By DAVID A. LIEB and ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


Missouri state troopers to take over Ferguson security

FLORISSANT, Mo. - The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVID A. LIEB and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Nation


ID of Missouri officer who killed unarmed black teen festering issue

FERGUSON, Mo. - In the days since an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, a big question that's smoldered amid the outrage of many is who the officer is.

August 13, 2014 | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Nation


Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis

FERGUSON, Mo. - Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.

August 12, 2014 | By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press | Nation


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