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Sleeping off Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON - To sleep, perchance to... ward off Alzheimer's? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye.

July 20, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

LONDON - The search for extraterrestrial life received a major boost Monday with the launch of an ambitious $100 million program, backed by famed physicist Stephen Hawking and tech billionaire Yuri Milner.

July 20, 2015 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | Associated Press

Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

WASHINGTON - A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

July 16, 2015 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press

Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

July 15, 2015 | By NANCY BENAC Associated Press | Associated Press

Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

July 15, 2015 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | Associated Press

After years of decline, a spike in city violence

CHICAGO - Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed.

July 11, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Associated Press

Sharks: Frightening, yet fascinating

AVON, N.C. - It's the golden hour, right before sunset, when the light is soft and pretty. The landscape looks like a postcard. Tourists stroll, kids run.

July 10, 2015 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press

FBI: Church gunman shouldn't have been able to get gun

WASHINGTON - The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of "heartbreaking" missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.

July 10, 2015 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press

Poll: Sandwich generation worried about own long-term care

WASHINGTON - Caught between kids and aging parents, the sandwich generation worries more than most Americans their age about how they'll afford their own care as they grow older, a new poll shows. But most aren't doing much to get ready.

July 09, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

CHICAGO - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.

July 06, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Associated Press

SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

July 06, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press

Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The fate of six women - four of them dead, two missing for months - has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones.

July 04, 2015 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press | Associated Press

John Jay: The forgotten founder

KATONAH, N.Y. - The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember - Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.

July 03, 2015 | By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer | Associated Press

How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

July 02, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

US unemployment falls to 7-year low

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

July 02, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press

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McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker

WASHINGTON - Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just ...

October 08, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press

In Oregon visit, Obama will find grief but also resentment

ROSEBURG, Ore. - When President Barack Obama arrives here Friday, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community ...

October 08, 2015 | By JONATHAN COOPER Associated Press | Associated Press

'Fire hose' of moisture slams South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. - People across South Carolina got an object lesson Monday in how you can dodge a hurricane and still get hammered.

October 05, 2015 | By SEANNA ADCOX and JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press

Mass shootings grab headlines, but others go under radar

The numbers jump off the page: Nine dead on an Oregon college campus, 12 in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Thirteen soldiers and civilians at ...

October 05, 2015 | By RIK STEVENS Associated Press | Associated Press

Ala. judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriages

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As Alabama's all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state ...

October 03, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press

Oregon gunman was Army dropout

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot camp ...

October 02, 2015 | By JEFF BARNARD and MARTHA MENDOZA | Associated Press

Gunman opens fire at Oregon college

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least a dozen people before dying in a shootout with police ...

October 01, 2015 | By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press | Associated Press

Strengthened Hurricane Joaquin closes in on central Bahamas

MIAMI - Hurricane Joaquin gained power as it bore down on the central Bahamas early Thursday, and forecasters said it was likely to grow into a ...

October 01, 2015 | By BEN FOX Associated Press | Associated Press

Why phones break

NEW YORK - Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you're bound to see several with cracked screens.

September 29, 2015 | By ANICK JESDANUN Associated Press | Associated Press

Life on Mars?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts the ...

September 28, 2015 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | Associated Press

'Blood Moon' a sign of end times?

SALT LAKE CITY - A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an ...

September 27, 2015 | By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press | Associated Press

Pope Francis mingles with high and low in New York visit

NEW YORK - Sweeping through the landmarks of America's biggest city, Pope Francis on Friday offered comfort to 9/11 victims' families at ground zero ...

September 25, 2015 | By NICOLE WINFIELD and DAVID CRARY Associated Press | Associated Press

Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation

WASHINGTON - With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner suddenly informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign at the end of October, stepping ...

September 25, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Associated Press | Associated Press

Pope visits New York City

NEW YORK - Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech ...

September 24, 2015 | By NICOLE WINFIELD and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press

Papa! Pope stirs excitement in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and ...

September 23, 2015 | By JULIE PACE and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press | Associated Press

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