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  • US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam. Applications rose 17,000 last week to...

  • Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 283,000, though remain near 14-year low

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 283,000, though remain near 14-year low.

  • White House fence jumper charged with assault

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals...

  • HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov's new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. The Obama administration has placed a high priority on...

  • Goofy dinosaur blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new descriptions for it: goofy and weird. The beast...

  • 3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. But officials in the three states are refusing...

  • AP-GfK Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient. The Associated Press-GfK poll also finds that most Americans say...

  • Man apprehended after jumping White House fence

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A 23-year-old Maryland man was in custody Wednesday night after he climbed over the White House fence and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper...

  • Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell. The Democratic Senatorial...

  • US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...

  • Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus. "We're...

  • Rules on bank risk in mortgage bonds being adopted

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proceeding with new rules that ease guidelines for banks selling mortgage securities and could mean fewer borrowers will need to make hefty down payments. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to adopt the rules, which six federal...

  • Obama on Canada shooting: 'We're all shaken by it'

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama condemned fatal shootings in Canada on Wednesday as "outrageous attacks." ''We're all shaken by it," he said. Obama said the motive for the shootings remained unknown. But he said as more becomes known, that information will be factored into U.S....

  • AP-GfK Poll: Public wants tighter Ebola screening

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly want tougher screening for Ebola, according to a poll released as federal health authorities took new steps to do just that. Many are worried about Ebola spreading here, and two-thirds say the government hasn't done enough to prevent that from...

  • Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men...

  • DHS: No specific threat to US amid Canada shooting

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department says there is no specific threat to the U.S. amid the ongoing shooting incident in Ottawa, Ontario. The department said Wednesday that it is continuing to monitor the situation in the Canadian capital, and U.S. security efforts will be changed...

  • White House says immigration plans not final yet

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work...

  • Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of...

  • Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor. The conduct amounted...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Barack Obama's national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services...



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