Ice and snow frustrate US holiday travel rush
2013-12-22 05:25:37 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint frustrated Christmas travelers Saturday from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and even torna...
America's biggest unfinished business in 2013
2013-12-22 04:56:34 UTC
When witnessing others' pain makes us feel uneasy or uncomfortable, it is easy to turn the other way. When those people are different, turning away is even easier. The things I have seen and heard in my work this year are what most people deem ina...
Obama: Give current Iran sanctions time to work
2013-12-20 20:57:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Congress to resist new sanctions against Iran because current agreements have a good chance to rein in that country's nuclear ambitions.
Obama told reporters Friday that Iran has agreed to acti...
Obama: 2014 can be breakthrough year for America'
2013-12-21 05:03:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating "ups and downs" on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health c...
Armed fighters attack Central African Republic families
2013-12-19 19:16:15 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed fighters stormed the family's house at 3 a.m., demanding money and taking everything of value. Then they fatally shot Belvia Salo's father in front of the 11-year-old who had awoken amid the commotion....
Many private college presidents make $1M
2013-12-16 07:44:16 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents at 42 private colleges scaled the $1 million annual mark in total pay and benefits in 2011 — a slight bump from the year before, according to a survey based on the latest federal tax information from the 500 private sc...
Family feud: Boehner takes on GOP critics on right
2013-12-12 22:58:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle ...
Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen
2013-12-11 21:18:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and gov...
House GOP conservatives help propel budget bill
2013-12-13 19:56:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile ...
Health care debate has trust, politics themes, too
2013-12-09 21:02:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
People who didn't know a URL from an http were blithely expounding on software snags and web design, thanks to the clunky launch ...
Consistent hiring points to stronger economy ahead
2013-12-06 22:45:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market is showing signs of the consistent gains the nation has awaited in the 4½ years since the Great Recession.
Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low, ...
Solid US job growth cuts unemployment to 7 pct.
2013-12-06 22:02:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market has been recovering fitfully for three years. Now, it's starting to show consistency.
Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low. Stock investors ...
Average US rate on 30-year loan rises to 4.46 pct
2013-12-05 17:02:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose sharply this week, making home-buying slightly less affordable.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year loan jumped to 4.46 percent from 4.29 percent...
Attorney: No problems before Brazil collapse
2013-12-04 18:26:52 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The attorney representing the crane operator involved in last week's deadly accident at the stadium hosting Brazil's World Cup opening match says his client told police he'd noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
Russian-US 'Megatons to Megawatts' draws to a close
2013-12-04 10:57:56 UTC
Russia started last week to draw the curtains on a 20-year-old nuclear non-proliferation program as it began to package its last batch of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to the United States under the long-standing “Megatons to Megawatts” program to co...
Detroit Bankruptcy: The City Needs Help
2013-12-03 18:05:09 UTC
A federal judge announced on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection – the first time in US history that a major city has been declared bust.
Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States bankruptcy court rejected an attempt by th...
Cyber Monday draws $1.74B billion holiday dollars
2013-12-03 23:38:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber Monday is still on top.
Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Amazon started rolling out "Cyber" deals at the beginning of November, and kept them going on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. That led some to wonder if earlier sale...
Shoppers head out for Black Thursday
2013-11-29 07:32:24 UTC
Black Thursday officially took over.
The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy's to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday openings came despi...
Earthquake in Iran near nuclear plant kills 7
2013-11-28 19:39:36 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck a town Thursday in southern Iran, killing seven people while causing no damage at the country's only nuclear power plant, state television reported.
The U.S. Geologica...
Iran sanctions to be eased as west works out full deal
2013-11-25 23:30:46 UTC
<h3>Oil revenues to be paid to Tehran in first phase of nuclear agreement, with warmer relations expected across region</h3>The west is likely to start easing crippling sanctions on Iran in the new year, following the breakthrough agreement in Gen...
Iran nuclear deal reached after days of talks
2013-11-24 04:26:58 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Iran struck a historic nuclear deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, in the most significant development between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement between the two nations.
Boeing advises about engine icing problems
2013-11-23 21:40:26 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes. It is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals.
Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $290 million
2013-11-22 09:41:00 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook ...
Boehner signs on to 'Obamacare' after delay, tweet
2013-11-22 05:39:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Being speaker of the House doesn't make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner.
The Ohio Republican says he had to re-start the process several times while s...
Forevermark Reveals Iconic Image for New Diamond Collection
2013-11-21 20:04:12 UTC
Forevermark developed an iconic image, which will be used in national advertising campaigns in print and online, to target affluent consumers and introduce the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection.
The iconic image (pictured) was created...