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December 18th, 2014
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Families hoard cash 5 yrs after crisis

10/07/2013 1:14am
They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.

Families hoard cash 5 years after crisis

10/07/2013 1:16am
They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.

AP IMPACT: Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished

10/07/2013 1:32am
American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it _ due to a lack of oversight, resources or political will.

AP IMPACT: Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished

10/07/2013 1:40am
American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it _ due to a lack of oversight, resources or political will.

US government work is losing cachet for some

10/07/2013 2:18am
There was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country.

Shutdown spawns vacuum in farm market information

10/07/2013 6:17am
When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown.

Government's work stacking up a week into shutdown

10/07/2013 6:32am
Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return.

Kerry assures CEOs on US role in Asia-Pacific

10/07/2013 7:16am
Filling in for an absent U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday sought to assure Asia-Pacific business leaders that nothing will shake America's commitment to the region and that the current government shutdown in Washington will soon be over and forgotten.

RI 7th-grader appeals suspension for gun keychain

10/07/2013 7:24am
The family of a Rhode Island seventh-grader who was suspended for three days for having a small toy gun keychain at school is appealing the suspension.

Conn.-NYC rail returns to normal for commuters

10/07/2013 7:29am
Rail commuters headed from Connecticut to New York City on Monday morning were greeted by a full complement of trains for the first time in nearly two weeks.

High court won't hear Argentina appeal over bonds

10/07/2013 7:35am
The Supreme Court has turned away Argentina's first appeal of a lower court ruling ordering it to pay hedge funds that bought up some of the country's unpaid debt from its default in 2001.

Court won't hear Va. appeal over sodomy law

10/07/2013 7:43am
The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a lower court ruling striking down Virginia's anti-sodomy law.

Court won't get involved in Hutterites case

10/07/2013 7:49am
The Supreme Court won't get involved in a Montana decision to force a Hutterite religious colony to pay worker compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune.

Court won't hear appeal from ex-Abramoff associate

10/07/2013 7:53am
The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the only lobbyist to be tried on charges of bribing public officials related to the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Court won't hear Scruggs appeal

10/07/2013 7:56am
The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Court won't hear appeal of landmark 1996 lawsuit

10/07/2013 7:58am
The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a Florida lawsuit making it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against tobacco companies.

Court won't hear appeal from former Newark mayor

10/07/2013 8:03am
The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James.

Inquiry blames Cypriot ex-president for crisis

10/07/2013 8:25am
The "reckless" economic policies of Cyprus' former president are mainly to blame for the financial crisis that brought the country to near bankruptcy, an independent inquiry concluded Monday.

US designates al-Qaida affiliate as terrorist

10/07/2013 9:13am
The U.S. is designating Muhammad Jamal as a global terrorist under an executive order that targets those linked to terrorism.

NY probes rights sale of World Trade Center name

10/07/2013 9:16am
New York is expanding its probe nationwide into the 1980s sale of the rights to the World Trade Center name to a nonprofit for $10, resulting in millions of dollars in fees for use of the name in 28 states, according to an official familiar with the investigation.

Profile: Bosco of US has cut travel, dinners out

10/07/2013 9:44am
To understand why people are so cautious with their money five years after the financial crisis, The Associated Press interviewed consumers around the world. Here is what one person said:

State arrest warrant issued for marathon suspect

10/07/2013 10:22am
A Massachusetts court issued an arrest warrant Monday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as prosecutors sought to preserve their right to try him on state charges in the killing of a police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Obama thanks FEMA for work during shutdown

10/07/2013 10:42am
President Barack Obama is thanking workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs under "less than optimal circumstances" during the government shutdown.

Court won't hear Va. appeal over sodomy law

10/07/2013 10:53am
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down Virginia's anti-sodomy law.

Sisters of DC chase victim dispute police account

10/07/2013 10:55am
The sisters of a Connecticut woman fatally shot by police in Washington after she tried to ram her car through a White House barrier said Monday she wasn't delusional and suggest she may have been fleeing danger.

No impact seen on ski season from furloughs

10/07/2013 11:17am
A group representing the nation's ski industry said Monday it expects no major impact on this year's ski season because of federal furloughs, even though about a third of the more than 350 resorts are located on federal land regulated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Budget fight offers crash course on Congress

10/07/2013 11:51am
If majorities in both the House and Senate would vote to reopen the government with no strings attached, or vote to repeal the new health care law's sales tax on heart pacemakers and MRI machines, then why isn't that happening?

Supreme Court term begins amid government shutdown

10/07/2013 11:53am
The Supreme Court began its new term Monday by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia's bid to revive its anti-sodomy law.

ACLU says ATF blocks whistleblower book on scandal

10/07/2013 11:59am
The Obama administration is blocking a federal law enforcement agent from publishing a book about the failed "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling sting operation because of concerns that the book would negatively affect morale, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

Court: Ohio hospital can force chemo on Amish girl

10/07/2013 12:09pm
An appeals court has sided again with an Ohio hospital that wants to force a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments.

Roof failure at Calif. base damages airship

10/07/2013 12:18pm
A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and began leaking helium when part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former Marine base in Southern California.

Gun battle at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 13

10/07/2013 12:20pm
Investigators were trying to determine on Monday what triggered a running gun battle at a weekend dance staged by a Central California motorcycle club that left one man dead and 13 people wounded as hundreds of partygoers scrambled for cover.

Court considers ending Stanford Ponzi scheme suits

10/07/2013 1:00pm
The Supreme Court on Monday debated whether to allow continued class-action lawsuits from investors who lost billions in former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford's massive Ponzi scheme.

Obama climate adviser stepping down

10/07/2013 1:11pm
President Barack Obama's top adviser on environmental and climate issues is leaving.

Companies give leading LNG site for Alaska project

10/07/2013 1:14pm
The companies seeking to advance a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline project in Alaska have a leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia, signaling that a decades-old dream could still become a reality.

Ark. reporter stable after rescue from Texas park

10/07/2013 1:30pm
An Arkansas reporter is in stable condition at a Texas hospital after rescuers airlifted her from a state park where she'd been lost and stranded alone for two days.

Britain, Brazil each get 6 Int'l Emmy nominations

10/07/2013 1:36pm
Britain and Brazil shared the lead for International Emmy nominations with six apiece Monday, including best actor and drama series nods for BBC One's "Accused."

Girl sickened by amoeba returns to Ark. water park

10/07/2013 2:01pm
A 12-year-old girl who contracted a rare brain infection at a water park in Arkansas returned to the site on Monday _ her first time back since her illness _ to help owners announce a benefit fishing tournament for her later this month.

3 US coal mining deaths in 3 days called troubling

10/07/2013 2:11pm
Federal regulators are urging U.S. coal companies to refocus on health and safety regulations after three mine fatalities in three days last week.

Ohio highway bridge bomb plotter gets 10 years

10/07/2013 2:12pm
The last of five defendants in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge near Cleveland was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

Charges fall against OR man who claimed torture

10/07/2013 2:28pm
Federal prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against a former Oregon man who accused the FBI of having him tortured while overseas.

Cache of seized ivory at Ore. lab to be destroyed

10/07/2013 2:36pm
A cache of contraband elephant tusks and ivory carvings kept at a federal wildlife forensics laboratory in Oregon will be ground into dust to make sure the pieces are never sold, a newspaper reported Monday.

Cache of seized ivory at Ore. lab to be destroyed

10/07/2013 2:39pm
A cache of contraband elephant tusks and ivory carvings kept at a federal wildlife forensics laboratory in Oregon will be ground into dust to make sure the pieces are never sold, a newspaper reported Monday.

Greek ex-minister jailed for 20 years for graft

10/07/2013 2:39pm
A former Greek defense minister was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty Monday of money laundering in the most prominent corruption case to date in the financially stricken country.

UN chief heads to Hungary and then to Brunei

10/07/2013 3:21pm
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to a water summit in Hungary and then to a summit of Southeast Asian nations in Brunei.

Greece expects economy to grow, finally

10/07/2013 3:47pm
Greece expects its economy to grow next year _ at last.

Sheriff: 4 dead in car linked to Tenn porn case

10/07/2013 4:08pm
An Alabama sheriff says four people found shot to death in a car were linked to a child pornography investigation in Tennessee.

Concrete weight dangles from crane over NYC street

10/07/2013 4:12pm
A concrete weight dangled for hours from a crane 40 floors above a street on Monday, leading officials to close a long swath of a major thoroughfare near Carnegie Hall as a precaution until workers finally guided it safely to the ground before the evening rush hour started.

Guilty verdicts in Minnesota synthetic drugs case

10/07/2013 4:18pm
A Minnesota head shop owner was convicted Monday of almost all counts against him in a closely watched federal case involving the sale of synthetic drugs.

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

10/07/2013 5:01pm
A bill the House passed to guarantee that furloughed federal workers receive back pay after the partial government shutdown is resolved seems to have hit a snag in the Senate.

FBI searches in Texas, Michigan remain a mystery

10/07/2013 5:03pm
Federal officials on Monday remained silent on why they raided homes in Texas and Michigan this weekend that property records indicate are owned in part by a Houston art appraiser.

Social Security judge accused of disability scheme

10/07/2013 5:09pm
A retired Social Security judge in West Virginia collaborated with a lawyer to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants, according to a report released Monday by congressional investigators.

Early snow kills thousands of cattle in SD

10/07/2013 5:10pm
A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard.

Missouri man gets 14 years for al-Qaida support

10/07/2013 5:25pm
A Kansas City businessman who swore an oath of allegiance to al-Qaida and three years ago pleaded guilty to providing financial support to the international terror group was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison, despite a plea from his attorney for lenience because of the risk he took by becoming an informant against the organization.

Man sentenced to 36 years in Minn. motel standoff

10/07/2013 5:28pm
A man accused of holding 11 people hostage and sexually assaulting four teenage girls at gunpoint in a Minnesota motel room, leading to police fatally shooting a hostage who was trying to escape during an hours-long standoff, was sentenced Monday to 36 years in prison.

Gobble tov! American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah

10/07/2013 6:00pm
It's a turkey. It's a menorah. It's Thanksgivukkah!

Rule to bar Iowa abortion pill system moves ahead

10/07/2013 6:43pm
A new Iowa rule ending the practice of distributing abortion-inducing pills via a conferencing system will move forward, a legislative committee decided Monday.

Shutdown impact: Defense workers return to work

10/07/2013 6:58pm
A government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others.

Donors pledge up to $10 million to help Head Start

10/07/2013 7:07pm
The National Head Start Association says a pledge of up to $10 million from two Houston philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown.

Lawyer: Undercover cop didn't see NY driver attack

10/07/2013 8:16pm
An undercover detective attending at a motorcycle rally that devolved into broken bones and blood did not witness a biker get struck by an SUV or see the SUV driver subsequently attacked by bikers, a lawyer said Monday.

Police say soldier's death 'not racially motivated'

10/07/2013 9:05pm
Three soldiers have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a fellow soldier who was celebrating his pending departure from the Army -- an attack that police in Washington state now say doesn't appear to be racially motivated.

Man who set self on fire on National Mall from NJ

10/07/2013 9:15pm
The man who set himself on fire on the National Mall and later died was identified Monday, though police had no more information on his possible reasons.

Carter: Middle class today resembles past's poor

10/07/2013 9:47pm
Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.

Brown vetoes bill to allow non-citizens on juries

10/07/2013 9:59pm
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.

Debt limit overtaking shutdown as US crisis focus

10/07/2013 10:47pm
A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.

Debt limit overtaking shutdown as US crisis focus

10/07/2013 10:47pm
A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.
 
   
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