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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

WASHINGTON - Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

October 16, 2013 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON - Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

October 15, 2013 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


US never defaulted on its debt? Not so fast

WASHINGTON - You hear the same proud claim every time Washington wrestles with the debt limit: The United States has never defaulted. But the record's not that clean. America has stiffed creditors on at least two occasions.

October 14, 2013 | By CONNIE CASS Associated Press | Nation


House GOP, White House seeking end to budget fight

WASHINGTON - Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs.

October 11, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Mother: Woman killed in DC chase was depressed

WASHINGTON - A Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House suffered from postpartum depression, her mother said.

October 04, 2013 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Nation


Police: Suspect killed in Capitol Hill chase

WASHINGTON - A woman with a year-old child led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

October 03, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at age 66

NEW YORK - Best-selling author Tom Clancy, whose wildly successful technological thrillers made him one of the biggest publishing phenomena of his time, has died. He was 66.

October 02, 2013 | By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer | Nation


Insurance markets open to surge of new customers

CHICAGO - Americans got their first chance Tuesday to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts.

October 01, 2013 | By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer | Nation


No shutdown end; Dems, GOP trade blame

WASHINGTON - First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt."

October 01, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Under fire, 'Obamacare' going live — with glitches

WASHINGTON - Contentious from its conception, President Barack Obama's health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and rounds of budget brinkmanship. Now comes the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people.

September 30, 2013 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

WASHINGTON - For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

September 30, 2013 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON - A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure the battle will spill into the weekend at least, and quite possibly beyond.

September 27, 2013 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Nation


Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

NEW YORK - Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries.

September 24, 2013 | By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer | Nation


Obama: To honor victims, we 'have to change'

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as patriots but also individuals - one with a talent for fixing cars, another who coached softball and yet another who loved hockey and her cats.

September 23, 2013 | By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press | Nation


'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

LOS ANGELES - "Breaking Bad," the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while "Modern Family" won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

September 22, 2013 | By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Nation


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Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - A strengthening Hurricane Arthur forced thousands of vacationers on the North Carolina coast to abandon their Independence Day plans while cities farther up the East Coast rescheduled fireworks displays threatened by rain from the storm.

July 03, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

WASHINGTON - Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage.

July 01, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Justices sometimes do agree: Your privacy matters

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices found more common ground than usual this year, and nowhere was their unanimity more surprising than in a ruling that police must get a judge's approval before searching the cellphones of people they've arrested.

July 01, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Birth control ruling sparks political clash

WASHINGTON - Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country's new health care law is deeply flawed.

July 01, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES and KEN THOMAS Associated Press | Nation


Conviction in NYC cop cannibalism case overturned

NEW YORK - A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a former New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women.

July 01, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


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