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Consumers buying less expensive gifts this year

NEW YORK - Cheap is the new chic for holiday gifts.

December 21, 2015 | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Associated Press


The rush is on

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The humming is constant; a low-pitched drone from 155 miles of conveyer belts racing packages in every direction. Boxes shift from one belt to another and bump into a metal wall. Thud. Thud. Thud. In the background, trucks beep and jet engines roar.

December 21, 2015 | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer | Associated Press


Warning signs of cardiac arrest are often ignored

WASHINGTON - Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.

December 21, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

VERONA, Va. - With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.

December 19, 2015 | By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press | Associated Press


For bears and hares, recent mild weather is a mixed bag

MONTPELIER, Vt. - For now, the El Nino-driven mild weather is a boon to some wildlife, which are able to forage for more food and are using less energy surviving, experts say. But for some species - like snowshoe hares, whose white fur makes them conspicuous to predators - the lack of snow isn't good news.

December 19, 2015 | By LISA RATHKE Associated Press | Associated Press


Tough immigration plans not a must

WASHINGTON - Retired postal clerk Jerry Wilson likes what he hears from GOP presidential hopefuls about overturning President Barack Obama's executive order easing deportation policies against people in the U.S. illegally.

December 17, 2015 | By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


School threats prompt proposals for tougher penalties

HARTFORD, Conn. - Taking a harder line on crimes no longer seen as juvenile pranks, state lawmakers around the U.S. are proposing stiffer penalties for people who threaten schools at a time of fears over terrorism and mass shootings.

December 16, 2015 | By SUSAN HAIGH and MICHAEL MELIA | Associated Press


Study: Smaller counties driving US jail population growth

NEW YORK - While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new analysis of 45 years of jail statistics.

December 15, 2015 | By JAKE PEARSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Americans want to get tougher with IS

WASHINGTON - After terrorist attacks at home and abroad, more Americans than ever - but still less than half - support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. A large majority also want a clearer explanation from President Barack Obama about his strategy to defeat the group.

December 14, 2015 | By KEN DILANIAN and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Cruz surging ahead of final GOP debate

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Ted Cruz will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.

December 14, 2015 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Associated Press


Historic pact to slow global warming is celebrated in Paris

LE BOURGET, France - Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.

December 12, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Trump, Carson going third party?

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can't wait forever.

December 12, 2015 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press


Homeland Security takes lead in search for Afghan trainees

ATLANTA - The Department of Homeland Security has taken a lead role in the search for two Afghan men who disappeared while training with the U.S. military at a base in south Georgia, Air Force officials said Friday.

December 11, 2015 | By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press | Associated Press


US officials search for missed red flags ahead of shootings

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship two years ago between the American-born man accused in the California shootings and his future wife in Pakistan, according to closed-door briefings to Congress provided by federal officials on Thursday.

December 10, 2015 | By ERIC TUCKER, DEB RICHMANN and TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Associated Press


Auto safety ratings to include collision prevention systems

WASHINGTON - The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in accidents.

December 08, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press


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House, Senate going separate ways

BALTIMORE - The year ahead promises to be one of bold ideas in the House, if Speaker Paul Ryan gets his way, with lawmakers debating sweeping ...

January 14, 2016 | By ERICA WERNER AP Congressional Correspondent | Associated Press


Oil keeps falling. And falling.

DALLAS - The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right?

January 12, 2016 | By DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

NEW YORK - David Bowie, the chameleon-like star who transformed the sound - and the look - of rock with his audacious creativity and his sexually ambiguous makeup ...

January 11, 2016 | By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer | Associated Press


Ringling circus to retire its elephants in May

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all ...

January 11, 2016 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia legislature opens 2016 session

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers opened the legislative session Monday at the Capitol in Atlanta, with most action taking place outside the House and Senate chambers. Opening ...

January 11, 2016 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


When should women begin mammograms?

WASHINGTON - Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting ...

January 11, 2016 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Powerball reaches $800 million

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Powerball sales breaking previous records, the odds are growing that someone will win Saturday night's $800 million jackpot - but if ...

January 08, 2016 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE | Associated Press


Germany publishes 'Mein Kampf' for 1st time since WWII

MUNICH - An annotated edition of "Mein Kampf," the first version of Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto to be published in Germany since the end of ...

January 08, 2016 | By MICHAEL FAULHABER and GEIR MOULSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Marine Corps debate over women in combat roils on

WASHINGTON - A top Marine general predicted Friday that the Defense Department's vows to maintain the same standards for women and men in combat jobs ...

January 08, 2016 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


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