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April 21st, 2014
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Fed now unlikely to slow bond buying before 2014

10/09/2013 1:14am
The Federal Reserve's decision last month to maintain the size of its economic stimulus was a shocker. Just about everyone expected a pullback in its bond purchases, which have helped keep loan rates low.

LAPD tests out new electric motorcycles

10/09/2013 1:17am
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made a surprising entrance at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month when he stealthily zipped into the parking lot on a souped-up, racing-style, all-electric motorcycle.

Biographical information for Janet Yellen

10/09/2013 1:21am
NAME _ Janet L. Yellen

Kerry presses China, neighbors on maritime issues

10/09/2013 4:20am
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

NY woman pleads guilty to pot-growing charges

10/09/2013 4:53am
A woman from a wealthy New York City suburb has pleaded guilty to running a multimillion-dollar marijuana-growing operating in a Queens warehouse.

US, China grapple for influence at SE Asia summit

10/09/2013 6:16am
The United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama to showcase their rising global clout.

SC man gets 30 years for 2008 Halloween killing

10/09/2013 7:04am
A 27-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a trick-or-treater who came to his door on Halloween 2008.

NYC menu offers something new: Silence

10/09/2013 7:41am
Quiet, please. Your dinner will now be served.

Jones: Play incident becomes learning opportunity

10/09/2013 7:45am
The chancellor of the University of Mississippi says the disruptions at a campus play with gay slurs and inappropriate laughter from the audience is an opportunity to educate students about tolerance.

IMF: US debt default would shake global economy

10/09/2013 9:09am
A U.S. debt default in the event that a politically divided Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit would imperil the entire global economic recovery, a senior International Monetary Fund official warned Wednesday.

IRS official says she never consorted with devil

10/09/2013 9:43am
For the record, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of implementing a big part of the new health care law tells Congress she has never knowingly consorted with the devil.

Democratic group runs ads against GOP lawmakers

10/09/2013 9:47am
An outside Democratic group is airing television ads in 10 Republican-held congressional districts tying lawmakers to the tea party and the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Disney stock certificates off to Never Never Land

10/09/2013 10:04am
Stock certificates issued by The Walt Disney Company are heading off to Never Never Land.

Idaho youngster survives flesh-eating bacteria

10/09/2013 10:42am
A southern Idaho boy returned home this week from the hospital after a terrifying bout with a flesh-eating bacteria that doctors once feared would kill him.

Fact sheet: 2014 Fiat 500L

10/09/2013 11:03am
2014 Fiat 500L Lounge

Pentagon chief attending arrival of 4 war dead

10/09/2013 11:30am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

White House expects to fix military death benefit

10/09/2013 11:53am
The White House expects a solution to be found Wednesday to military death benefit payments denied because of the government shutdown.

Investors keep faith in US in crisis after crisis

10/09/2013 11:55am
Global investors have stayed remarkably confident in the U.S. despite one budget crisis after another. But they're starting to wonder if the latest political impasse will tarnish America's Teflon image.

Wash. AG disappointed by Hanford cleanup delays

10/09/2013 11:57am
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing more delays in the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, the agency said Wednesday.

Rescued kidnapped teen to speak on 'Today' show

10/09/2013 11:59am
Kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson will describe her ordeal on NBC's "Today" show, including how her family's friend-turned-captor handcuffed her and made her play a game of Russian roulette.

Get covered by Valentine's Day to avoid fines

10/09/2013 12:04pm
You'll have to get coverage by Valentine's Day or thereabouts to avoid penalties for being uninsured, the Obama administration confirmed Wednesday.

US group to UN: Compensate Haitians for cholera

10/09/2013 12:16pm
Human rights groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit blaming the United Nations for a cholera outbreak that killed thousands of Haitians as lawyers seeking compensation for victims and clean water and sanitation for the Caribbean country stepped up efforts to force the world body to confront the tragedy.

For 2014, Fiat offers a longer 500 model

10/09/2013 12:20pm
It doesn't sound like much: An extra 27.7 inches of length, nearly 6 more inches of height, two additional doors and four more panels of window glass on a small car badged "Fiat 500L".

Pa. man on long run from murder charge is in court

10/09/2013 12:30pm
A jilted husband who fled overseas after allegedly killing his wife's girlfriend in a restaurant in 1992 appeared gaunt and haggard when he appeared Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.

Protesters adopt road to get close to data center

10/09/2013 12:38pm
Opponents of government surveillance have figured out how to get close to a heavily guarded National Security Agency data storage center set to open in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Man guilty of beating wife for not calling him sir

10/09/2013 12:39pm
A central Pennsylvania man has been convicted for beating his wife when she didn't address him as "sir" in front of their kids.

The shutdown, the debt and health care: a primer

10/09/2013 12:45pm
These are complicated times in the affairs of Washington and the nation, with death stars everywhere and all of them a struggle to comprehend. The partial government shutdown, the debt limit squeeze just around the corner, sequestration, how they fit with the health care law, how they don't _ it just goes on.

County punishes 4 workers after death of NY boy, 5

10/09/2013 12:50pm
A New York county has fired two child welfare employees and suspended two supervisors following the beating death of a 5-year-old boy who had been the subject of repeated calls for help.

House passes bill to restore death benefits

10/09/2013 1:03pm
The partial government shutdown has halted death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, but the House has now voted unanimously for legislation that would restore those benefits.

Correction: Gas Drilling-Reluctant Embrace story

10/09/2013 1:08pm
In a story Oct. 6 about opponents of hydraulic fracturing who are now working with the industry in different ways, The Associated Press erroneously reported Robert Donnan's connections to the anti-drilling group Marcellus Protest. Donnan has been credited by the group with supplying material for its publications and has been featured on its website and in newsletters, but he says he is not a member.

Mich. governor testifies about Detroit bankruptcy

10/09/2013 1:29pm
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified behind closed doors Wednesday about his role taking Detroit into bankruptcy, a rare interview with lawyers for creditors who pressed him about retiree pensions and asked if the city could have done more to avoid the historic filing.

Ex-trader pleads guilty in $500M fraud case

10/09/2013 1:38pm
A former Chicago trader who was charged in one of the largest financial fraud cases prosecuted in Chicago has entered a guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors, court documents show.

Yellen: More needed to strengthen the recovery

10/09/2013 1:40pm
Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen says more needs to be done to strengthen the U.S. economy. She made her remarks as Obama nominated her to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the nation's central bank.

APNewsBreak: Neb. fire set without permission

10/09/2013 1:58pm
A controlled grass fire that severely burned a man who was sleeping in a Nebraska field was set without the landowner's permission, and authorities did not approve a permit for the blaze until afterward, according to testimony from a federal lawsuit.

Boston officials wary as buses roll after strike

10/09/2013 2:16pm
Wary city officials in Boston said Wednesday they're hoping school bus drivers who staged a surprise strike this week won't leave students stranded again, but they can't offer any guarantees.

Probe of Okla. dentist could last months longer

10/09/2013 2:20pm
It could take several more months until an investigation into an Oklahoma oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions is finished because patients are still coming forward in the case, a state official said Wednesday.

NJ Gov. Christie visits US Capitol, GOP senators

10/09/2013 2:24pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he came to Washington to support a friend _ and ended up meeting some new ones.

Shutdown delays notice of Social Security COLA

10/09/2013 2:27pm
Nearly 58 million Social Security recipients are still getting monthly benefits during the partial government shutdown. But they will have to wait to find out the size of next year's cost-of-living adjustment.

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

10/09/2013 2:33pm
About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped.

Teen faces murder charges in deer camp shootings

10/09/2013 2:36pm
A 14-year-old boy faces two juvenile counts of aggravated murder in the shootings of his foster father and another man at a deer camp in northeastern Oregon, authorities said Wednesday.

7 states sue EPA, seek wood boiler emissions rules

10/09/2013 3:03pm
Seven states filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.

Poll: No heroes in shutdown, GOP gets most blame

10/09/2013 3:15pm
President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame on Republicans but finds no one standing tall in Washington.

Ariz. executes its oldest inmate for 1978 killing

10/09/2013 3:36pm
Arizona on Wednesday executed the oldest person on its death row, nearly 35 years after he was charged with murdering a man during a robbery and dumping his body along a highway.

Shutdown means no new beer from craft brewers

10/09/2013 4:05pm
The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover.

Judge sued for returning teen to sex offender

10/09/2013 4:07pm
An anti-abortion group has sued a Texas judge who ordered a 15-year-old girl to keep living with her grandmother, even though she claimed the woman's convicted sex-offender boyfriend was making aggressive advances and that the couple was trying to force her to terminate a pregnancy.

Crash on I-80 in Pa. kills 1, injures dozens

10/09/2013 4:07pm
A Greyhound bus struck a tractor-trailer early Wednesday on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania, killing a woman, critically injuring four other people including the bus driver and sending dozens to the hospital, authorities said.

As Fed chair, Yellen would face tough challenges

10/09/2013 4:11pm
If she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair, the challenges that lie ahead for Janet Yellen will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her.

Businesses question health care law requirement

10/09/2013 4:14pm
Some businesses say they'll be forced to hire fewer people or cut employee hours to avoid having to offer insurance coverage to workers under the new health care law.

Sands asks Nev. court to overturn documents ruling

10/09/2013 4:15pm
Nevada's highest court is weighing arguments put forward by casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. and disgruntled former Sands executive Steven Jacobs.

Virginia opposes new sentencing for sniper Malvo

10/09/2013 4:22pm
Virginia authorities are opposing an effort by convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to challenge his sentence of life without parole.

Charity to pay military death benefits

10/09/2013 4:37pm
The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.

3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander

10/09/2013 5:31pm
The deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty amid a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino, the Navy said.

ND school superintendent carried gun to school

10/09/2013 5:36pm
A school superintendent in North Dakota will resign after he says he took a gun to school after a student made a threat.

Obama: Complaints about fed workers 'destructive'

10/09/2013 6:04pm
President Barack Obama says long-standing views that federal workers are lazy or don't do important work have contributed to the government shutdown.

Expert: Malnourished Colo. boys face long recovery

10/09/2013 6:23pm
Four undernourished Colorado boys who were living in squalor and unable to speak face a long and uncertain path to recovery, an expert said, but there is at least some hope for their future.

NY man sentenced to a year in Girl Scouts scam

10/09/2013 6:54pm
A homeless man who went on an anti-Semitic tirade in New York City's Times Square while dressed as Elmo was sentenced to a year in prison in a plot to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.

Police: Rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

10/09/2013 6:54pm
The young man, just 20, stepped off the train. Another man followed him, pulling out a gun. There was a single shot, startling the preoccupied commuters. Justin Valdez fell, gasping and screaming for help as he died, a bullet to his head.

NM peanut butter plant closes, files for Chapter 7

10/09/2013 7:11pm
An eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy Wednesday.

UN says overall financial situation is `sound'

10/09/2013 7:45pm
The U.N. management chief says the world body's overall financial situation is "sound" with 134 countries paying their assessment to the organization's regular operating budget by the Oct. 1 deadline.

AP Sources: GOP weighs short-term debt limit hike

10/09/2013 8:15pm
House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

10/09/2013 8:52pm
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the partial government shutdown and politics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 3-7. It is based on online interviews of 1,227 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Religious leaders stage 'faithful filibuster' in hopes of ending shutdown

10/09/2013 9:34pm
Religious leaders frustrated by the federal budget deadlock are staging what they call a "faithful filibuster" across the street from the U.S. Capitol, reading the more than 2,000 Bible verses they say express God's concern for the poor.

Third man convicted in 2009 slaying of Chicago cop

10/09/2013 9:43pm
A Cook County jury has convicted the gunman in the June 2009 shooting death of a Chicago police officer.

USDA warns CA poultry producer linked to outbreak

10/09/2013 9:48pm
The Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country.

Superintendent took gun to ND school after threat

10/09/2013 11:49pm
After more than 20 years in education, D'Wayne Johnston says a confrontation with a student prompted him to bring a gun to school in the small North Dakota community where he's a superintendent.
 
   
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