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Fed bolsters view that US will drive global growth

09/19/2013 12:57am
The Federal Reserve's decision to keep up its stimulus program bolstered the view that a strengthening U.S. economy will drive world growth forward in the coming months.

Emboldened House GOP presses fight on 'Obamacare'

09/19/2013 1:13am
Emboldened conservatives who forced House Republican leaders to push a stopgap spending bill that unravels President Barack Obama's health care law are digging in for a long fight, determined to stop "Obamacare" before the first individual signs up in less than two weeks.

Evacuations ordered after blasts at Okla. plant

09/19/2013 2:24am
Firefighters are battling a fire and officials are ordering nearby areas evacuated after a fire and explosions rocked a manufacturing site northwest of Oklahoma City.

Fed sparks a debate: When to reduce stimulus?

09/19/2013 3:57am
The Federal Reserve's decision to postpone any pullback in its economic stimulus immediately ignited a debate: Was the Fed right or wrong to delay the inevitable?

$400 million Powerball ticket sold in SC

09/19/2013 4:00am
Officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery say a $400 million winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold in Lexington in central South Carolina.

Nearly 40 percent of Rim Fire land a moonscape

09/19/2013 8:38am
A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park has left a barren moonscape in the Sierra Nevada mountains that experts say is larger than any burned there in centuries.

Obama promises veto of 'Obamacare' defunding bill

09/19/2013 8:38am
The White House is promising that President Barack Obama would veto GOP-backed legislation that would gut his signature health care law.

McCain slams Putin in opinion piece for website

09/19/2013 9:08am
Republican Sen. John McCain insisted he is "more pro-Russian" than President Vladimir Putin, accusing Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for a Russian news website answering the Russian leader's broadside last week in The New York Times.

Bail denied for Pa. man accused of Obama threat

09/19/2013 9:18am
A federal judge has denied bail for a northeastern Pennsylvania man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama last month and stockpiling ammunition ahead of the president's visit to the area.

7 decades later, Purple Heart given to daughter

09/19/2013 9:43am
Pfc. John Eddington was preparing for deployment to Europe in World War II when he learned his wife gave birth to a daughter. He penned a letter, sweetly telling the little girl how much he loved her and longed to see her.

Test case on 911 calls, evictions set for trial

09/19/2013 10:26am
A federal judge on Thursday ordered a trial to decide whether towns can force the eviction of tenants who make too many 911 calls, a national test case pitting free speech rights against community safety concerns.

DeLay thanks God for acquittal of money laundering

09/19/2013 10:44am
Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay says he thanks God for his acquittal on money laundering charges, calling the prosecution, "an outrageous criminalization of politics."

Prized political memorabilia auctioned in Philly

09/19/2013 11:11am
A highly prized collection of U.S. political memorabilia went up for sale on Thursday, featuring some campaign tokens and medals that experts say have not been on the market in more than a century.

Census: No sign of economic rebound for many in US

09/19/2013 11:13am
Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.

Canals running dry at Venetian on Las Vegas Strip

09/19/2013 11:33am
It's not often you can use the term "dry" to describe a Las Vegas landmark. But, tourists hoping to cruise down the Venetian hotel-casino's indoor canals are finding them tapped out.

Washington Navy Yard opening 3 days after massacre

09/19/2013 11:44am
Some employees returning to work at the Washington Navy Yard Thursday said they felt it was too early to talk about the massacre earlier this week while others said it will take a while to put what happened behind them.

Biden to view flood devastation in Colorado

09/19/2013 11:48am
The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Colorado on Monday to view the damage from recent flooding.

Obama convening export panel at White House

09/19/2013 12:06pm
President Barack Obama says rising U.S. exports have been "one of the biggest bright spots" of the U.S. economy.

Pa. wife sues airline: Man's ashes gone from bag

09/19/2013 12:23pm
A suburban Philadelphia woman is suing US Airways, saying her husband's ashes disappeared from her luggage as she flew to England to bury them in his hometown of Hull.

Boehner: Obama bargains with Putin, not Congress

09/19/2013 1:05pm
House Speaker John Boehner is criticizing President Barack Obama for negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin _ but not with Congress.

Americans increasingly hungry for hipster foods

09/19/2013 1:14pm
So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won't get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you're holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it's the elusive McRib that moves you.

Online orders replace mom's college care packages

09/19/2013 1:22pm
In the decade Sarah Tetley has worked with college students, she's seen a change in care packages sent from home.

Iran's Rouhani: People should be 'completely free'

09/19/2013 1:36pm
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani says his people should be free to think, speak and seek information on the Internet, subject to "the protection of our national identity."

House GOP grills Pickering, Mullen on Benghazi

09/19/2013 1:41pm
House Republicans investigating last year's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, badgered a former U.N. ambassador and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Thursday over their review of the Obama administration's handling of the matter.

Family Research Council shooter gets 25 years

09/19/2013 2:03pm
A man who planned a mass shooting at the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group in Washington last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for the plot that injured a security guard.

Judge: Too harsh to fire NY teacher who had heroin

09/19/2013 2:25pm
A high school teacher who was fired earlier this year for showing up for jury duty with heroin in his backpack could get his job back.

Jury: Ex-Ohio deputy, baby sitter guilty of rape

09/19/2013 2:29pm
A former Ohio sheriff's deputy and correction officer has been convicted of raping a 5-year-old girl while he was baby-sitting.

Ala. couple arrested in girl's detergent death

09/19/2013 2:36pm
Court records say the parents of an 18-month-old girl who died after eating dishwashing detergent may not have immediately helped the girl because they were heavily intoxicated.

Man accused in bogus phone bill scheme indicted

09/19/2013 2:40pm
A Montana man being sued by the federal government over $70 million in charges to unsuspecting phone customers' bills nationwide is now facing criminal counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

IMF urges US to break budget stalemate

09/19/2013 2:48pm
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde urged the U.S. on Thursday not to "put a brake on this beginning of recovery" by failing to resolve an impasse over the budget and cutting back government spending too deeply.

Texas company answers Ill. school's AC prayers

09/19/2013 2:55pm
Temperatures outside the old, red-brick school building in Bement pushed into the 90s again and again in the opening weeks of this school year _ and were even higher inside. Administrators were forced to send students home early eight times.

Judge: Too harsh to fire NY teacher who had heroin

09/19/2013 2:56pm
A high school teacher who was fired earlier this year for showing up for jury duty with 20 glassine envelopes of heroin stashed in a pack of cigarettes could get his job back.

Navy gunman spent night in Mass. Buddhist temple

09/19/2013 3:00pm
The former Navy reservist who authorities say killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard visited a Buddhist temple in Massachusetts last month where he talked about hearing voices in his head, according to a temple official.

How Fed's latest message affects almost everyone

09/19/2013 3:26pm
The Federal Reserve's decision to maintain the size of its economic stimulus could be a gift for car and home buyers, for Americans with 401(k) accounts and perhaps for developing economies.

Holder expands changes in drug-case policy

09/19/2013 3:26pm
The Justice Department is expanding a major change in federal drug sentencing policy to cover pending drug cases, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

US welcomes Myanmar signing nuclear agreement

09/19/2013 3:46pm
The United States on Thursday welcomed Myanmar's signing of an agreement with the U.N. atomic watchdog that will require it to declare any nuclear activities and allow inspections _ the latest step by the former pariah nation toward openness.

Fund for honest Boston homeless man raises $111K

09/19/2013 4:02pm
A fund for a homeless man who turned in a backpack with more than $40,000 inside has collected more than $100,000, an overwhelming response that's a "statement to everyone in America," said the man who started the donation drive.

US urges China to play constructive role on Syria

09/19/2013 4:11pm
Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Thursday a sharp disagreement with China over how the international community should respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and urged Beijing to play a "positive" role in the U.N. Security Council on the issue.

World Bank: Lebanon's economy ravaged by Syria

09/19/2013 4:11pm
Spillover from the Syrian war has cost neighboring Lebanon billions of dollars, deeply damaged its economy and harshly strained social services such as health, education and electricity, according to a new report by the World Bank.

Prosecutors: Ore. man killed wife after grievances

09/19/2013 4:32pm
An 86-year-old Oregon man on trial for the shooting death of his wife carried out the attack after a series of grievances with his family that prosecutors said included the failure of his stepdaughter to wish him a happy birthday and his complaint that his wife put the lid on the ketchup bottle too tightly.

Suspected abductors demanded drugs and money

09/19/2013 4:39pm
After a 14-year-old girl was abducted from her suburban Atlanta home, a suspected kidnapper called her family demanding money and drugs in exchange for her release, according to a court document released Thursday.

Last piece of Ohio River bridge blasted

09/19/2013 5:02pm
A fiery, controlled explosion brought down the final section of the old Madison-Milton Bridge over the Ohio River on Thursday.

Hiroshima girl's paper crane comes to Pearl Harbor

09/19/2013 5:04pm
A small paper crane folded by a 12-year-old girl who died of leukemia after the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on her hometown of Hiroshima will go on display in Pearl Harbor, where the 1941 Japanese attack launched the two nations into war.

80-year-old confirmed as 7th death in Colo. floods

09/19/2013 5:14pm
A body found in northern Colorado has been identified as an 80-year-old retired teacher and basketball coach who tried to return to his home amid a catastrophic flood.

Protesters climb Oregon Capitol dome, hang sign

09/19/2013 6:12pm
Two protesters opposed to selling Oregon state forest land broke away from a tour group Thursday, secured ropes atop the Capitol and climbed down the face of its dome to unfurl a large banner criticizing Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Detroit bankruptcy foes beg for judge's help

09/19/2013 6:19pm
It all came down to three minutes.

Iran minister, UN chief discuss nuclear issue

09/19/2013 6:20pm
Iran's foreign minister and the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exchanged views Thursday on the country's controversial nuclear program and its potential role in ending the Syrian conflict, two issues expected to dominate next week's annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

Lightning blamed for 2 Indiana deaths, fires

09/19/2013 6:27pm
Severe thunderstorms raked much of the northern half of Indiana on Thursday, packing lightning blamed for two deaths in Gary and fires across the state. The storms also brought heavy rains that broke a record in South Bend.

Conviction of ex-US House leader DeLay tossed

09/19/2013 6:39pm
A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates.

Ala. man reports airport exchange with DC shooter

09/19/2013 6:45pm
An Alabama man said Thursday that his family was confronted by Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis at an airport in southeastern Virginia last month.

Christians gather in Kan. to discuss homosexuality

09/19/2013 7:13pm
A Kansas man whose online lecture about the Bible and same-sex relationships gained considerable attention has gathered about 50 Christians from around the country to delve into his belief that the Scriptures do not condemn homosexuality as a sexual orientation.

Justice Clarence Thomas touches on life, law,

09/19/2013 7:53pm
When Clarence Thomas reflects on his path from Pin Point, Ga., to the U.S. Supreme Court, he credits his college nuns with teaching him the most important word he ever learned. And that word was this:

Renoir's art, personal items sell for $1.3M in NYC

09/19/2013 8:18pm
Nearly $1.3 million worth of art and personal items belonging to the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir have sold at a New York City auction.

Kagan recounts how her hunting trips began

09/19/2013 8:19pm
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says her hunting outings with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia began with an offhand promise during her Senate confirmation.

Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike

09/19/2013 8:21pm
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike

09/19/2013 8:21pm
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

09/19/2013 9:26pm
The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.

CO makes massive rescue pet friendly

09/19/2013 9:28pm
Some helicopters rescuing people after massive flooding in Colorado carried more dogs, cats and fish than people. Rescuers using zip lines to evacuate people over raging rivers also risked their lives to make sure the four-legged members of families were safe.

Hundreds of snakes found at man's suburban NY home

09/19/2013 9:32pm
An animal-control officer had hundreds of snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, at his home, where he ran an illegal side business selling them, authorities said Thursday.

Group says domestic spying goes too far

09/19/2013 10:37pm
Two men of Middle Eastern descent were reported buying pallets of water at a grocery store. A police sergeant reported concern about a doctor "who is very unfriendly." And photographers of all races and nationalities have been reported taking snapshots of post offices, bridges, dams and other structures.

Several wounded in Chicago park shooting

09/19/2013 10:38pm
Chicago police is reporting that several people have been shot in a park in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Calif. mayor suspends city plan to fly China flag

09/19/2013 11:18pm
The mayor of San Leandro has suspended the city's plan to raise China's flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China.