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  • Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

    2 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015. A strong U.S. economy helped propel the stock market higher in 2014, continuing a bull ...

  • South Carolina stays No. 1 in AP women's poll

    2 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) South Carolina is No. 1 in The Associated Press women's poll for the fifth straight week while Stanford has its lowest ranking in nearly nine years. The Gamecocks had a busy week, sweeping Hampton, Central Michigan and Liberty by an ...

  • Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum

    2 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) MIAMI (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed ...

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening

    3 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) HAVANA (AP) — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in ...

  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    3 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought ...

  • Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

    3 hours, 8 minutes ago

    (AP) Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices. The market is coming off a big advance last week, which gave the ...

  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

    3 hours, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) The Associated Press-GfK poll on seasonal greetings and gifts was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample ...

  • AP source: Phil Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract

    3 hours, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins and right-hander Phil Hughes have agreed to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19. The person spoke to The Associated ...

  • Ceremony marking new national monument in Nevada

    3 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal, state, local and tribal officials are marking creation of a new national monument in a fossil-rich area at the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley. The Monday event at Tule (TOO'-lee) Springs Fossil Beds ...

  • Court sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone

    3 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court says a woman can't be considered to have abused and neglected her child because the infant was born with symptoms of methadone withdrawal. The ruling published Monday reverses a lower court ruling ...

  • 2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans

    3 hours, 29 minutes ago

    (AP) Some of them won the game, some of them saved the game and others made for some very impressive eye candy. Odell Beckham Jr., James Rodriguez, Richard Sherman and Aaron Harrison were among those who put their distinctive stamp on ...

  • Correction: Marijuana Research story

    3 hours, 29 minutes ago

    (AP) DENVER (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about marijuana research, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported Marcel Bonn-Miller's profession. He is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Also, while he works with the Veterans Administration, his lab is not part ...

  • Grain mixed and livestock higher

    3 hours, 32 minutes ago

    (AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.3225 a bushel; Mar corn was .50 cent higher at $4.11 a bushel; Mar oats were ...

  • Spokesman: Ali improving from case of pneumonia

    3 hours, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion's condition has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia during the weekend. Ali spokesman Bob Gunnell ...

  • FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign

    3 hours, 37 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The drone industry is teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign in response to increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft The campaign by two unmanned aircraft trade associations, ...

  • Judge to rule on Oklahoma's execution method

    3 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge plans to rule whether the lethal injection formula that Oklahoma used for the first time in a botched execution last spring is constitutional. U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot said he will rule from ...

  • Reno police probe pedestrian fatal on North Virginia

    3 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a car in accident that shut down part of North Virginia Street during the morning commute. No details have been released about the ...

  • Vegas police: Man wounded by officers had knives

    3 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a man wounded by an officer at the scene of a family argument had a butcher knife in each hand and lunged toward officers before he was shot. Police Sgt. John Sheahan ...

  • Colts owner helps out Jack Kerouac organization

    3 hours, 43 minutes ago

    (AP) LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's legacy alive. James Irsay's donation is the largest single pledge in the history of the ...

  • French power company to pay $772M in bribery case

    3 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries. Justice Department officials on Monday announced that Alstom SA would plead ...

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