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Panel advances Obama’s pick for No. 2 US diplomat

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel has advanced the president’s nominee to be America’s No. 2 diplomat over the objections of Sen. John McCain and other Republicans. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted by voice Thursday to send Tony Blinken’s confirmation to a full Senate vote. McCain expanded on objections he raised last week, when […]

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Congress losing last WWII vets, a tea party fave

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired TV’s “Alpha House” and a founding firebrand of the tea party. It’s also losing one of the shorter-term senators and a few dozen others this week as another session of bickering winds down. As […]

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Ebola vaccine trial suspended after side effects

Ebola vaccine trial suspended after side effects

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

LONDON (AP) – Swiss researchers have suspended the testing of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates after some volunteers reported unexpected side effects. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve said the trial had been suspended “as a precautionary measure.” The study involving 59 people began in November. Researchers reported […]

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Weekly US unemployment aid applications fall to 294,000

Weekly US unemployment aid applications fall to 294,000

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as the continued low levels of applicants reflect growing job security. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 294,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up a slight 250 to 299,250. Over the past 12 months, the […]

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US retail sales climb on holiday shopping

US retail sales climb on holiday shopping

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WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales perked up in November with the start of the holiday shopping season, led by online buying and purchases of autos, clothing and electronics. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent last month. Falling gasoline prices caused purchases at gas stations to decline 0.8 percent, but […]

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Countless crows, droppings rankle Ohio residents

Countless crows, droppings rankle Ohio residents

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – Thousands of crows roosting at night in a western Ohio city’s downtown leave some residents comparing the crow-laden landscape to the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” as they work to drive away the flocks. The crows troubling Springfield aren’t aggressive, as birds in the 1963 thriller were portrayed. But with an […]

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New scientific study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic floating in world’s oceans

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HONOLULU (AP) – A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world’s oceans. The study in the scientific journal PLOS ONE says the plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces. Together, it enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. And that’s just the plastic floating on […]

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Obama promotes trade, tax fix, innovation

Obama promotes trade, tax fix, innovation

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade. And those two policy proposals are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency. Obama also was planning Thursday to […]

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Spending bill teeters amid Democratic discontent

Spending bill teeters amid Democratic discontent

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering as many lawmakers find more in the measure to dislike than like. Two items are particularly toxic to Democrats whose votes will be needed to pass the measure, neither of which […]

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CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a Senate investigation into the CIA’s harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that history may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal prosecution worldwide. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report doesn’t urge prosecution […]

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