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  • US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

    July 31, 2014 3:37 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are plunging, putting the market on track for its first monthly loss since January. The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst daily drop since February. At one point it was down more than 300 points. The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market.... more »
  • USA-Germany match an ESPN ratings win

    June 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    SAO PAULO - The United States' 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men's World Cup match on ESPN's networks despite the noon EDT kickoff. The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN and was seen by 10.77 million viewers, ESPN said Friday. Viewers peaked at 12.06 million during... more »
  • US advances to World Cup's 2nd round despite loss

    June 26, 2014 1:10 PM

    RECIFE, Brazil - The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place... more »
  • US falls to Germany 1-0 at World Cup

    June 26, 2014 12:58 PM

    RECIFE, Brazil - Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing. With two wins and a draw, Germany... more »
  • For US fans at work, a streaming milestone

    June 25, 2014 7:01 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - U.S. fans' surging interest in the country's World Cup fortunes, and the surging comfort level with watching games online and on mobile devices, come together in what could be a milestone for live streaming. The Americans' group finale Thursday will be smack in the middle of... more »
  • Youth soccer championship kicks off on Thursday

    June 17, 2014 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With soccer fever taking over the country after the U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday, fans and families will have a chance to see the future of U.S. Soccer as the 2014 Region III Youth Soccer Championships kick off Thursday in Baton Rouge. Hundreds of youth... more »
  • Grounds crew in Manaus works on World Cup field

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM

    MANAUS, Brazil - The grounds crew at the Arena da Amazonia is working hard trying to get the playing surface ready for Saturday's World Cup match between England and Italy. Workers were painting the lines along the area surrounding one of the goals and using a cutout of a circle... more »
  • Canada beats US in women's hockey for Olympic gold

    February 20, 2014 2:36 PM

    SOCHI, Russia- Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner... more »
  • Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

    January 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California. He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. Kashkari made the announcement in a... more »
  • Lolo Jones selected for US Olympic bobsled team

    January 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who... more »
  • Tuberculosis scare delays flight

    December 2, 2013 9:35 AM

    PHOENIX- About 70 passengers on a US Airways Express flight from Texas to Arizona were briefly kept on the plane after it landed, and some say they were told to get tuberculosis tests and vaccinations. Responders on Saturday boarded the plane in Phoenix and removed a man who was asked... more »
  • Mexican papers thank US for soccer win

    October 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    MEXICO CITY - America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans. Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S. kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Mexico... more »
  • Postal investigators target drug trade via US mail

    September 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in the Baton Rouge area are finding more and more illegal drugs in the U.S. mail and private delivery services. The Advocate reports that drugs have been found in plastic wraps, cereal boxes, cans and even dirty laundry. Most have a California return address. Acting U.S.... more »
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria

    September 9, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning there will be retaliation against the U. S. for any military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack. In an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "This Morning," Assad says, quote, "You should expect everything." Asked by anchorman Charlie... more »
  • Dive signals more treasure at US pirate ship wreck

    September 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    BOSTON - A recent dive at the site of the only authenticated pirate ship wreck in U.S. waters has signaled the possible location of even greater treasures. Already 200,000 artifacts, from gold to guns, have been documented from the site of the Whydah, which sank during a ferocious storm off... more »
  • Syria says US delaying strike because it lacks evidence

    September 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    DAMASCUS - A top Syrian government official is dismissing the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has evidence of sarin gas use by Syria and that the case for a military attack is getting "stronger and stronger." Deputy foreign minister Faysal... more »
  • Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria

    August 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week. Republican Sen. Bob Corker is calling for the U.S. to respond in a "surgical and proportional way, something that gets their... more »
  • Stock market rises after strong US jobs report

    July 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    NEW YORK- Robust hiring in the U.S. is boosting the stock market in early trading. The government says employers added 195,000 jobs in June. Economists had predicted a gain of 165,000. The unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 76 points, or 0.5 percent,... more »
  • US: ball is in Taliban's court for Afghan talks

    June 22, 2013 11:06 AM

    DOHA, Qatar - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a spat over the Taliban office in Qatar is the "very first test" of the Islamic militant movement's commitment to peace talks. The opening of the Taliban office was heralded as the best chance of bringing the sides to the... more »
  • US takes advantage of second-string Germany, 4-3

    June 2, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition game Sunday. Preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in a 12-day span... more »
  • US vs. European hurricane model: Which is better?

    May 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - When forecasters from the National Weather Service track a hurricane, they use models from several different supercomputers located around the world to make their predictions. Be sure to watch WBRZ's special hurricane coverage, "Weathering the Storm" , Thursday May 30 at 7 p.m. Some of... more »
  • US gas prices up 11 cents over past 2 weeks

    May 19, 2013 4:14 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of $3.84 a gallon, and premium is... more »
  • Suspected US drone in Yemen kills 4 militants

    May 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    SANAA, Yemen - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants Saturday in a southern Yemeni province once overrun by the group, according to security officials. The officials said the attack took place around dawn in an area called Deyqa in Abyan province. Officials spoke anonymously because they were... more »
  • New jobs and energy gains helping lift US economy

    May 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk. The economic advances also are drawing attention to the importance of private-sector innovation rather than government policy in fostering... more »
  • Puerto Rico ousts US from WBC, 4-3

    March 15, 2013 9:44 PM

    MIAMI - Once again, the United States could only watch as an opposing pitcher celebrated at the World Baseball Classic. This time it was 38-year-old right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who became the pride of Puerto Rico on Friday night when he led his team into the semifinals and eliminated the Americans,... more »
  • NRC: 2 years after Japan, US nuke plants safer

    March 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two years after Japan's nuclear crisis, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, but not trouble-free. Alison Macfarlane chairs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She says performance of U.S. plants is "quite good." Macfarlane says all but five of the nation's 104 reactors... more »
  • US unemployment falls, jobs added

    March 8, 2013 8:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. The government's February employment report was filled with... more »
  • N Korea vows to nuke US over sanctions

    March 7, 2013 7:37 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is vowing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The harsh rhetoric today comes hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said... more »
  • US stocks open higher following Dow's record day

    March 6, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW YORK- U.S. stocks are opening higher following a record-setting day for the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow rose 39 points to 14,293 shortly after the opening bell. Bank of America's stock rose 2.5 percent to $11.83. Along with Tuesday's record, stocks got a lift from more encouraging news... more »
  • US 4Q bank earnings up 37 pct.; highest in 6 years

    February 26, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Profits of U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent from October through December, reaching the highest level in six years as banks continued to step up lending. The figures are fresh evidence of the banking industry's sustained recovery more than four years after the financial crisis. The Federal Deposit Insurance... more »
  • New whooping cough strain in US raises questions

    February 7, 2013 2:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be vaccine resistant. Health officials are looking into whether that might be one reason why the U.S. just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug... more »
  • US: Obama peace agenda 'urgent' on Israel visit

    February 6, 2013 6:30 AM

    JERUSALEM - The U.S. ambassador to Israel says President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" peacemaking agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on the region and the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Dan Shapiro spoke to Israeli media Wednesday, a day after the White House... more »
  • Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

    February 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures. An Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published early Tuesday shows the National Instant Criminal Background Check system... more »
  • Commuters' wasted time in traffic costs $121B

    February 5, 2013 7:05 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion hours sitting in traffic in 2011. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a report that found Americans are adapting to road congestion by allowing, on average, an hour to make a trip that... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that the economy would tumble over the fiscal cliff. The Labor Department reports employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years. The gains were not enough to reduce unemployment... more »
  • Report: US law enforcement deaths down in 2012

    December 27, 2012 9:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group is reporting that the number of law enforcement officers who died while performing their duties declined this year compared to 2011. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 127 federal, state and local officers have died so far this year on the job.... more »
  • US names investigator in Danziger case

    December 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department has appointed a veteran prosecutor to investigate allegations that the U.S. attorney's office conducted a smear campaign and leaked information to news organizations during the case against police officers accused of deadly shootings at a bridge shortly after Hurricane Katrina. John Horn, first assistant... more »
  • Clinton defends Rice as 'stalwart' UN ambassador

    December 6, 2012 12:14 PM

    DUBLIN - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as a "stalwart colleague." Speaking Thursday in Dublin, Clinton said Rice has done a "great job" at the U.N. and that criticism of her initial explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on... more »
  • Starbucks to open another 1,500 cafes in the US

    December 5, 2012 7:21 AM

    NEW YORK - Another Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. The plan would boost the number of Starbucks cafes in the country by about 13 percent.... more »
  • Navy: No US drones missing after Iran claim

    December 4, 2012 8:22 AM

    TEHRAN, Iran - A U.S. Navy spokesman says no American drones are missing in the Middle East following Iranian claims it had captured an unmanned American surveillance aircraft. Cmdr. Jason Salata, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, says all U.S. drones in the region are "fully accounted... more »
  • US retail sales drop 0.3 percent in October

    November 14, 2012 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - US retail sales fell in October after Americans spent less on a broad range of goods. Superstorm Sandy may have also slowed business at the end of the month. The Commerce Department says sales dropped 0.3 percent after three months of gains. Auto sales fell 1.5 percent,... more »
  • US opens final World Cup qualifying round at Honduras

    November 8, 2012 8:09 AM

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The United States opens the final round of World Cup qualifying at Honduras on Feb. 6 and plays three of its first four games on the round. The Americans play at Mexico on March 26 and host El Tri on Sept. 10, according to the... more »
  • Gasoline up a bit in NY area, but down elsewhere

    November 5, 2012 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Drivers in the New York area are spending a lot more time getting gas. Thankfully, they're not spending a lot more money. Gas prices on average have risen just 3 cents in New York and 7 cents in New Jersey. While Superstorm Sandy disrupted supplies, it also... more »
  • US may soon become world's top oil producer

    October 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The boom in production is being driven by high oil prices and new drilling methods that are allowing energy companies to unlock oil trapped between rocks.... more »
  • Mailing a letter to cost a penny more next year

    October 11, 2012 10:14 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - It'll cost another penny to mail a letter next year. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it will raise postage rates on Jan. 27, including a 1-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail to 46 cents. It also will introduce a new global forever... more »
  • FDA: Avoid drugs from company tied to meningitis

    October 4, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW YORK - The government is warning doctors and hospitals not to use any product from the specialty pharmacy that made the steroid suspected in a meningitis outbreak. An official with the Food and Drug Administration said tests found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the... more »
  • State Dept opens Benghazi consulate attack probe

    October 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging a full and transparent inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The probe comes as Congress is demanding speedy answers to questions about the... more »
  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 percent of US cities

    October 3, 2012 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas in August, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged... more »
  • US government apparently trying to distance itself from anti-Islam video

    September 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    ISLAMABAD - The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan appears to be trying to undercut the anger being aimed against the United States as a result of an anti-Islam video. Advertisements condemning that video have appeared today on Pakistani TV, and they carry the U.S. Embassy seal. In the ads, President Barack... more »
  • Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

    September 13, 2012 7:26 AM

    SANAA, Yemen - A protest at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital is the latest demonstration of its kind in response to an anti-Muslim film. Hundreds of protesters chanting "death to America" stormed the embassy grounds today and burned the American flag, but didn't enter the main building. ... more »
  • Libyan officials: US ambassador killed in attack

    September 12, 2012 7:29 AM

    TRIPOLI, Libya - Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday... more »
  • CDC: Whooping cough rising at alarming rate in US

    July 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    ATLANTA - The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. Federal health officials say nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far. That's more than twice the number seen at this point last year. Nine children have died. more »
  • US retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June

    July 16, 2012 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Americans cut their spending at retail businesses for a third straight month, as a weak job market has made consumers more cautious. The Commerce Department says retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May. That followed declines of 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent in the previous... more »
  • Gold, overall medal counts a 'stretch' for US team

    July 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The chief of sport performance for the U.S. Olympic team calls it a stretch for Americans to win the most overall and gold medals at the London Olympics. Alan Ashley said Thursday the goal for the Americans to win both medal counts is "very ambitious, very... more »
  • Fitch Ratings keeps US at top 'AAA' credit rating

    July 10, 2012 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Fitch Ratings has retained the U.S. at its top 'AAA' credit rating but also left the outlook negative, citing the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to forge an agreement on reducing the budget deficit. Fitch says that uncertainty over federal tax and spending policies related to... more »
  • 2 accidents raise US storm, blackout toll to 26

    July 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    BLUEMONT, Va. - The death toll blamed on storms and the ensuing blackout across the eastern U.S. is now at 26 after two accidents in Virginia. The sheriff's office in Loudoun County, on the Maryland border, said Wednesday a utility worker from Florida crashed after her truck had brake problems.... more »
  • Mexico laments part of US immigration ruling

    June 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government says it's disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld part of an Arizona law requiring police check the immigration status of anyone they stop. Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary notes that Monday's ruling set aside as unconstitutional three parts of the controversial law, including the... more »
  • Bryson resigning as US commerce secretary

    June 21, 2012 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - Commerce Secretary John Bryson says he is resigning after suffering a seizure earlier this month in the Los Angeles area. President Barack Obama says in a statement that he has accepted the resignation and thanks Bryson for the "invaluable experience and expertise" he brought to the administration. Bryson... more »
  • Natasha Trethewey named 19th US poet laureate

    June 7, 2012 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Pulitzer Prize winner is the nation's first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial one was named by the Library of Congress in 1986. Emory University writing professor Natasha Trethewey will be named the library's 19th poet laureate Thursday. She is also Mississippi's top... more »
  • Oil drops on disappointing US growth data

    May 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil is falling again on reports that the U.S. economy isn't growing as expected. Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.28 to $86.54 per barrel while Brent crude lost $1.13 to $102.34 per barrel. Oil is now the cheapest it's been all year. Prices have been... more »
  • US expels top Syrian diplomat to protest massacre

    May 29, 2012 12:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is expelling Syria's most senior envoy in Washington, joining a host of other governments in kicking out Syrian diplomats to protest last week's gruesome massacre in which entire families, including children, were shot execution-style in their homes. The State Department said Tuesday that the charge... more »
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

    May 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Researchers are surprised to find radiation levels this high in the bluefin tuna that are turning up along the California coast -- 10 times higher than the amount usually found in those fish. They've carried the radioactive contamination 6,000 miles from the waters near Japan's crippled nuclear... more »
  • Beryl threatens rain, winds on southeast US coast

    May 27, 2012 12:05 PM

    SAVANNAH, Ga.- Campers at a barrier island on the Georgia coast are being told to leave by the afternoon as subtropical storm Beryl rumbles toward the U.S. Cumberland Island is reachable only by boat and has a number of undeveloped beaches and forests popular with campers. Fred Boyles is superintendent... more »
  • 2 seafood firms accused of mislabeling shrimp

    May 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana seafood processing plant and an Illinois seafood distributor have each been charged with one count of mislabeling over $100,000 worth of commercially-sold shrimp. Federal prosecutors in New Orleans announced the charges, a felony violation of the Lacey Act, in a news release Wednesday. Doran Sea-Pak,... more »
  • Flight diverted because of remark by French passenger

    May 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    BANGOR - A New York congressman says a US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina diverted to Maine because a French passenger passed a note mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device. Rep. Peter King was briefed on the investigation and said the passenger was a French... more »
  • F15 jets sent to divert passenger plane

    May 22, 2012 12:04 PM

    NEW YORK - 2 F-15 fighter jets were sent to direct a US Airways plane to land in Bangor, Maine. The jet which carries nearly 2 hundred passengers was en route to Charlotte, North Carolina from Paris, France. The flight, number 787, was diverted according to US Airways... more »
  • US Airways flight diverted, "security issue"

    May 22, 2012 11:26 AM

    NEW YORK - US Airways has confirmed that flight 787 from Paris to Charlotte has been diverted to Bangor, Maine. The reason, according to US Airways, there is security issue. A passenger apparently exhibited "suspicious behavior" according to the airline. However, no further details exactly about what is... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count up by 12 to 1,986

    May 18, 2012 2:09 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up 12 this week to 1,986. Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,382 rigs were exploring for oil and 600 were looking for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous.... more »
  • US concerned about blind Chinese activist's family

    May 10, 2012 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. says it's concerned about reports of reprisals against the family of a blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest last month. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says U.S. and Chinese officials have spoken about the "concerning" reports. Washington seeks more information from Beijing. After fleeing, Chen... more »
  • US confirms blind activist wants to leave China

    May 3, 2012 6:57 AM

    BEIJING - A U.S. spokeswoman has confirmed that blind activist Chen Guangcheng now wants to leave China with his family. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday that U.S. officials had spoken twice Thursday with Chen and also with his wife and "they as a family have had a... more »
  • US unemployment aid applications decline slightly

    April 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The slight rise in applications in the past few weeks could signal that the gains in the job market are uneven. The Labor Department says weekly applications declined... more »
  • US teen births decline: Miss. has highest rate, NH lowest

    April 10, 2012 7:32 AM

    NEW YORK - A new government report tracks a continuing decline in teen births in the United States in 2010. Nearly every state saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010, with the biggest drop in Arizona at 29 percent. Rates stayed about the same in Montana, North... more »
  • US weekly unemployment aid applications decline

    March 29, 2012 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a... more »
  • Afghans angry over removal of accused US soldier

    March 15, 2012 6:57 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan lawmakers have expressed anger over the U.S. move to fly an American soldier accused of killing 16 civilians out of the country to Kuwait. They said Thursday that the soldier should face justice in Afghanistan. They urged the Afghan government not to sign an agreement... more »
  • Taliban vow revenge for Afghans killed by US troop

    March 12, 2012 7:39 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have vowed revenge against the U.S. after at least one American soldier shot to death 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and burned their bodies. The militant group says in a statement on their website that "American savages" committed the "blood-soaked and inhumane crime" in Panjwai... more »
  • Village shootings, American accused

    March 11, 2012 9:39 AM

    KABUL - Afghan and NATO officials say a US service person walked out of a base in southern Afghanistan before dawn today and started shooting Afghan civilians in two villages. Officials said 16 people were killed including women and children. NATO forces have detained the US service person who has... more »
  • US trade deficit hits $52.6 billion in January

    March 9, 2012 9:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit surged to the widest imbalance in more than three years in January as imports hit an all-time high, reflecting big demand for foreign-made cars, computers and food products. U.S. exports to Europe fell, raising concerns that the debt crisis in that region could dampen... more »
  • Panel: US should rethink nuke emergency plans

    March 8, 2012 7:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - An expert panel is recommending that the U.S. customize emergency plans for each of the nation's 65 nuclear power plants, a suggestion that in some cases could expand the standard 10-mile evacuation zone in place for more than 30 years. The recommendation from a committee assembled by the... more »
  • Pineville man pleads guilty to burning US flags

    March 6, 2012 6:59 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A 26-year-old Pineville man has pleaded guilty to three counts of simple arson for burning U.S. flags last year in Alexandria. The defendant, Ahmed Cathy Khaled, told the judge that he shouldn't have listened to the voices in his head brought on by not taking medication for schizophrenia.... more »
  • US urges Israel diplomacy with Iran

    March 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama and Israel's Prime Minister are showing some unity today on the issue of Iran's nuclear weapons. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at the White House. The President said the US and Israel agaree that diplomacy is the best way... more »
  • 2 more US troops killed in Afghanistan

    March 1, 2012 8:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says two more American troops have been killed in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks following protests over the burning of the Quran. The official said details of the killings Thursday in Southern Afghanistan are still unclear but officials believe there were three... more »
  • Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

    February 28, 2012 7:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, setting a tense tone ahead of high-level meetings in the coming days in Washington. A U.S. intelligence official says Israel warned that it will keep the Americans in... more »
  • Gingrich criticizes Quran burning apology by US

    February 24, 2012 6:20 AM

    SPOKANE, Wash. - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is expressing outrage over a U.S. apology to Afghan authorities for burned Qurans on a military base. Gingrich lashed out Thursday at the Obama administration for the formal apology. Copies of the Muslim holy book were found burned in a garbage pit... more »
  • Suspect in US Capitol bomb sting expected in court

    February 22, 2012 7:04 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Virginia man charged following a yearlong FBI sting with plotting to blow up a bomb inside the U.S. Capitol in a suicide operation is expected to make a second court appearance. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria Friday and charged him with attempting to use... more »
  • Tensions with Iran raise US safety concerns

    February 17, 2012 6:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government says it's concerned that Iran will consider a terror attack on American soil, but it has no specific or credible threat about such a plan. Police from Los Angeles to New York City say they are anxious about the risks, even as a senior U.S. intelligence... more »
  • US, Europe look at fast but risky penalty on Iran

    February 15, 2012 11:09 AM

    WASHINGTON- The White House says Iran is lashing out at the world to "distract attention" from the damage that international sanctions are having at home. Iran is claiming Wednesday that it has achieved two major advances in its program to master production of nuclear fuel, a defiant move in response... more »
  • Mexican official: US travel warning 'ridiculous'

    February 15, 2012 7:45 AM

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's top domestic security official says a U.S. State Department travel warning on almost half of Mexico's states is "ridiculous" and "out of proportion." Interior Department Alejandro Poire says millions of tourists visit Mexico without incident. Poire said Tuesday in a news conference that he believes "these... more »
  • Congress OKs bill to prod US aviation into new era

    February 7, 2012 4:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has passed a bill aimed at prodding the nation's aviation system into a new high-tech era in which satellites are central to air traffic control and piloted planes share the skies with unmanned drones. The bill speeds the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control... more »
  • US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year

    February 2, 2012 4:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. counterterrorism official says the government's list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to and within the U.S. has doubled in the past year. The no-fly list has swelled from 10,000 to 21,000 names over the past year. The official says much of the increase... more »
  • Symbolic flag lowering ends U.S. mission in Iraq

    December 15, 2011 7:22 AM

    BAGHDAD - The United States military has retired the flag of the U.S. Forces-Iraq that has flown for nearly nine years, officially bringing an end to the war. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon... more »
  • US stock futures rise on hopes of Europe debt plan

    September 26, 2011 8:42 AM

    NEW YORK- U.S. stock futures are rising on hopes that European leaders will come up with a new strategy to resolve the region's debt crisis. Finance officials met in Washington this past weekend and pledged to take bolder steps to fight the problems. German leaders, for example, want banks... more »
  • 2 hikers released from Iranian prison return to US

    September 25, 2011 10:32 AM

    NEW YORK- Two Americans released from an Iranian prison have landed in New York after more being held for more than two years on accusations of spying. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer arrived in the U.S. on Sunday at Kennedy Airport. The two were released from prison last... more »
  • US, Mexico seek deal on oil below maritime border

    September 2, 2011 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Mexico are working toward a deal on how to share and regulate oil in reservoirs crossing their maritime border. The State Department says officials spent two days this week in Washington beginning formal talks on a "trans-boundary energy agreement" for hydrocarbon reservoirs underneath the... more »
  • US troops remember their fallen comrades

    May 30, 2011 3:52 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan- U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are remembering their fallen comrades on this Memorial Day. They prayed and held flag-raising ceremonies at dawn today to recognize the more than 1,400 killed in combat since the nearly decade-old war began. Brig. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, who spoke at a ceremony,... more »

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