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  • House Ethics panel investigating 2 congressmen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it is investigating two congressmen, Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush and Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield. The bipartisan panel acknowledged the separate inquiries on Friday in terse statements that did not say why the lawmakers were being...

  • House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, and his Senate counterpart, Sen....

  • Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks

    A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher. The market's resilience this year — which has pushed it to a...

  • Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'

    MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is...

  • Earthquakes occur in 3 parts of Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Earthquakes jolted three different parts of Alaska on Friday. Several earthquakes, including one with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred around the same location in the southeast part of the state early Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said light shaking was felt around...

  • US plans wide seismic testing of Atlantic seabed

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer. The U.S....

  • Ford fires engineer who planted recording devices

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer says a Ford Motor Co. engineer was fired after she placed listening devices in meeting rooms at its headquarters. Ford says the FBI is involved at the company's invitation. The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1kfvIa5) identified the engineer as Sharon Leach. She...

  • Worries about US consumers drag stocks lower

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half...

  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. While citing progress in addressing the flow, he...

  • Nigeria confirms first Ebola death

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa's current Ebola outbreak has spread to a fourth country, after a Liberian man vomited, had diarrhea and a high fever on an airplane to Nigeria. As soon as the plane landed on Tuesday the 40-year-old Liberian was moved into an isolation ward and he died...

  • Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

    SEATTLE (AP) — Police say an Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the...

  • Louisiana firm wins West Pier contract

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Port of Gulfport has awarded a $47 million for work on the port's West Pier. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/WHjigL ) the contract went to Southern Industrial Contractors LLC of Rayville, Louisiana. The company will build a transit shed for tenants Dole Fresh...

  • IPO Roundup: El Pollo Loco soars in debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is still hungry for fast-casual restaurant chains. El Pollo Loco, which serves up Mexican-style dishes, is the latest restaurant chain to soar in its stock market debut. Others, including Zoe's Kitchen Inc., Potbelly Corp. and Noodles & Co., also climbed in their...

  • Board told premium subsidies unaffected by ruling

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state health insurance exchange official says a recent federal court ruling shouldn't prevent New Mexicans from qualifying for premium subsidies. New Mexico Health Connections CEO Martin Hickey told fellow board members Friday that New Mexico is considered a...

  • Ukrainian president: Confidence vote Thursday

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week. Poroshenko made the announcement Friday after meeting with parliamentary leaders after Yatsensyuk said...



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