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AP Poll: US election voted top news story of 2016

NEW YORK - The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump's unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

December 24, 2016 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | Associated Press


Midwest buying spree lifted US new-home sales in November

WASHINGTON - A buying spree in the Midwest spurred new U.S. home sales last month to the fastest pace since July.

December 24, 2016 | By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Putin praises Trump, denies hacking claims

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced hope Friday that frayed relations with the United States will improve once Donald Trump becomes president despite his pledge to strengthen the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal.

December 23, 2016 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | Associated Press


US allows UN condemnation of Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS - In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration brushed aside Donald Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel's leadership.

December 23, 2016 | By EDITH M. LEDERER, BRADLEY KLAPPER and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Holiday splurging not an option for many

ELIZABETH, N.J. - At the brightly lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his expectations in check.

December 23, 2016 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press


Trump: US must 'greatly strengthen' nuclear capability

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons.

December 22, 2016 | By JULIE PACE AP White House correspondent | Associated Press


Accidental shooting deaths, injuries spike over the holidays

The happiest of seasons is also among the deadliest: Unintentional shootings spike in the U.S. during the holidays, and are more likely to occur than any other time of the year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network.

December 21, 2016 | By RYAN J. FOLEY and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press | Associated Press


Islamic State claims Berlin Christmas market attack

BERLIN - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities said came right out of the extremist group's playbook, inflicting mass casualties on a soft target fraught with symbolic meaning.

December 20, 2016 | By DAVID RISING and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | Associated Press


Testing stem cells in tiniest hearts

BALTIMORE - The 4-month-old on the operating table has a shocking birth defect, nearly half his heart too small or even missing. To save him, surgeons will have to totally reroute how his blood flows, a drastic treatment that doesn't always work.

December 20, 2016 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Despite protests, Electoral College makes it official

WASHINGTON - There were many protesters but few faithless electors as Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote Monday - ensuring he will become America's 45th president.

December 19, 2016 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press


Does a doctor's gender matter?

CHICAGO - What if your doctor's gender could influence your chance of surviving a visit to the hospital?

December 19, 2016 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


N. Carolina GOP strips some of Democratic governor's power

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and they were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move that critics said flies in the face of voters.

December 16, 2016 | By GARY D. ROBERTSON and MEG KINNARD Associated Press | Associated Press


Dylann Roof convicted of all counts in church slaughter

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling slaughter of nine black church members who had welcomed him to their Bible study, a devastating crime in a country that was already deeply embroiled in racial tension.

December 15, 2016 | By JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD Associated Press | Associated Press


Police: Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief strikes again

ATLANTA - An 86-year-old jewel thief who has kept jewelry sellers on their toes since the 1970s has struck again, police say - this time by slipping a $2,000 diamond necklace into her pocket.

December 14, 2016 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

WASHINGTON - A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers.

December 13, 2016 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


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Trump vows to rise to moment

WASHINGTON - After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was ready to ...

January 23, 2017 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press | Associated Press


Trump reassures CIA officials

LANGLEY, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump moved to repair his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies on his first full day in office, but ...

January 21, 2017 | By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press


President Trump

WASHINGTON - Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking ...

January 20, 2017 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Trump sweeps in for his big day

WASHINGTON - With fireworks heralding his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington Thursday on the eve of his presidential inauguration and pledged to unify a ...

January 19, 2017 | By NANCY BENAC Associated Press | Associated Press


Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days

WASHINGTON - Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

January 18, 2017 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Associated Press


Trump launches Twitter attack against Lewis

NEW YORK - Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a ...

January 14, 2017 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


Health care: What's next for GOP?

WASHINGTON - Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now with Donald ...

January 14, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

WASHINGTON - Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained ...

January 13, 2017 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press


2016 US weather: Warm and wild

WASHINGTON - With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in ...

January 09, 2017 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Associated Press


Quirk may shield US coast during busy hurricane seasons

WASHINGTON - A climatic quirk seems to be slightly shielding the U.S. coast during busy hurricane seasons, often weakening major storms just as they approach ...

January 04, 2017 | By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press


Businesses ready to fight bathroom bills in red states

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee's NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub ...

January 02, 2017 | By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal prosecutor tackles heroin scourge that claimed his own son

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there ...

January 02, 2017 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Associated Press


IS claims responsibility for New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - The Islamic State group on Monday made an unusual claim of responsibility for a major terrorist attack in Turkey, saying a "soldier of the ...

January 02, 2017 | By LORI HINNANT and DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press | Associated Press


Year's top news filled with division - and no middle ground

Fed up with Europe's union across borders? Reject it. Disgusted with the U.S. political establishment? Can it.

December 31, 2016 | By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer | Associated Press


'Turbocharged' storm clobbers northern New England

PORTLAND, Maine - The most powerful nor'easter in nearly two years brought heavy snow, powerful winds and even thunder and lightning to northern New England ...

December 30, 2016 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | Associated Press


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