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 Maritza Ramos, wife of Office Rafael Ramos, holds the American flag as she is joined by her sons Justin, left, and Jaden, during Officer Ramos' funeral.

Thick blue line in New York City mourns fallen comrade

Thousands of police attend funeral for the slain New York City patrolman.

about 19 hours ago


 A U.S. and Cuban flag hangs from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 19.

Americans eager to visit Cuba, but U.S. rule changes may be slow to follow

Each year, about 3 million tourists visit Cuba, led by Canadians drawn to the country by discount tour packages.

about 19 hours ago


 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. on Dec. 1. Amazon and authors are engaged in a dispute over e-books.

Amazon offering all-you-can-eat books as authors turn up noses

Amazon and authors dispute over e-books.

about 20 hours ago


Ferguson police spokesman suspended after remark

A memorial at the site of Michael Brown's death in St. Louis was damaged last week after a car apparently hit it.

about 2 hours ago


Is fast food dumbing children?

Plus: PlayStation problems; Ex-governor’s case; Mental hospital killing; 2 snowmobilers die

about 19 hours ago


Oil states bracing for a price bust’s ripple through the economy

Oil-dependent states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alaska face budget squeezes with the dropping oil prices.

1 day ago


Obama hopes to enlist GOP in push for trade pact

The White House aims to enlist Republican partners in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

1 day ago


Bipartisan effort arises to restrict lobbyists’ influence of attorneys general

An effort by bipartisan legislators and professional groups seeks to change how state attorneys general and lobbyists interact.

1 day ago


Mourners honor slain New York officer

A wake was held Friday for Officer Rafael Ramo, one of the two New York policemen killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car.

1 day ago


National briefs: Gamers face continued disruptions

Plus: “The Interview” release; Threat made at border; Ferguson memorial; Teen shot in Fla.; Christmas delivery.

1 day ago


 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

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 New York Police Department policemen Tuesday use motorbikes to create a cordon as protesters, demonstrating decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men, hold placards while marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

2 days ago


 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn. Amazon.com, the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

2 days ago


Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

2 days ago


 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

2 days ago


 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

2 days ago


College counselors in short supply at U.S. schools

Nationally, the student-counselor ratio in large public high schools is nearly 500-to-1.

2 days ago


Jeb Bush quits firm that profited from Obamacare

As he considers running for president in 2016, Jeb Bush has begun to unwind some of his financial affairs.

2 days ago


Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years.

2 days ago


Chicago firm to review Baltimore police

The investigation comes as that department and others around the nation are accused of brutality.

2 days ago


Female veterans battling PTSD from sexual trauma fight for redress

They and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.

2 days ago


Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

2 days ago


Ag-tech in Silicon Valley could change how the world eats

Dozens of companies are creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming more efficient.

2 days ago


Apples recalled amid listeria outbreak

Plus: Police shoot 2 suspects; Bush in ’’great spirits’’; N.J. casino-sale dispute; Storms bring snow.

2 days ago


 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

3 days ago


 A woman who said she was the girlfriend of 18-year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial Wednesday outside the gas station where he was fatally shot by a police officer in Berkeley, Mo.

White police officer kills black teen in Mo.

The shooting reignited tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

3 days ago


Obama seeks to close Gitmo

The Obama administration is preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months.

3 days ago


Policy critic weighs states’ challenge to Obama’s loosened immigration rules

Justice Department lawyers urged the court to preserve the executive order allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

3 days ago


National Briefs: Sony releases ‘Interview’ for online viewing after major theater chains drop movie

PLUS: Gun in NYC killing traced; organ trafficker’s release; wet, warm Christmas Eve; ex-inmate to get back pay.

3 days ago


CDC technician may have been exposed to ebola

A plate with material from an Ebola experiment was sent from a high-security biosafety laboratory to a less-secure facility at the agency’s

4 days ago


 Police try to control a crowd early this morning in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday night in Berkeley, Mo. St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed.

Police: Officer in Missouri shoots, kills 18-year-old who pulled gun

Berkeley is near Ferguson, where white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9.

4 days ago


 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

4 days ago


 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

4 days ago


 David Welborn, 7, sits in the lost luggage line at the Delta Airlines desk at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday, with his trusty stuffed dog.

Travel headaches for some across country into Christmas Day

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted rain that would turn into snow for some parts of Missouri to Michigan.

4 days ago


 A building is severely damaged near Columbia, Miss., after a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

Severe weather slams southern U.S., four killed

A survey team will be sent today to determine whether a tornado was responsible. Storm spotters said it was.

4 days ago


 New York City police officers embrace Tuesday as they visit a makeshift memorial at the site where two of their fellow officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn.

Across New York, Pausing to Honor Police Officers

New York City citizens took a moment Tuesday to silently honor two fallen officers savagely killed three days before on a Brooklyn corner.

4 days ago


US economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in third quarter, fastest in more than decade

Federal data shows that third-quarter U.S. economic annualized growth was 5 percent, driven by a consumer spending and plunging oil prices.

4 days ago


FDA lifting lifetime ban on gay blood donors

The Food and Drug Adminstration is advocating that the prohibition apply only to those sexually active within the last year.

4 days ago


 New York Rep. Michael Grimm

U.S. Rep. Grimm says will not resign after pleading guilty to tax fraud

New York Rep. Michael Grimm on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion but insisted that he would not resign from Congress.

4 days ago


Democrats best at tapping rich for political cash

When it comes to raising money from the very rich, it's Democrats who led the way in 2014.

4 days ago


 A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview" on Monday.

Theories abound over who hacked Sony

Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues.

4 days ago


National briefs: Florida rises to No. 3 in population

Plus: Severe weather hits South; threat targets bridge; no Obama link in IRS flap; 6.4M on Obamacare; driving mom committed.

4 days ago


Dow tops 18,000 as market reaches new highs

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,027 as of 9:58 a.m. Eastern time.

5 days ago


U.S. economy grew at fast 5 percent rate in third quarter

Much of the strength came from consumer spending on health care and business spending on structures and computer software.

5 days ago


Battered New York mayor calls for temporary protest halt

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday urged a pause in protests for funerals after weekend slayings of two city police officers.

5 days ago


U.S. will probe ex-Milwaukee cop’s shooting of a black man

The local district attorney declined to press charges against Officer Christopher Manney.

5 days ago


U.S. rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch want the Justice Department to name a special prosecutor for probe.

5 days ago


 A Delta jet passes another plane on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where former a Delta employee suspected of smuggling firearms onto New York passenger jets worked as a baggage handler.

Delta baggage handler charged with smuggling guns into airport

Investigators said the worker was assigned to work within a designated secure area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

5 days ago


National briefs: FedEx, UPS set for rush of late shippers

Plus: Satanic display erected; N.C. law struck down; Ariz. issues licenses; Ga. shootout ends; Drone safety

5 days ago


 Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush

President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing shortness of breath.

4 days ago



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