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Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68, in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just three months ago experts were shocked when it fell under $3. “It’s crazy,” says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech … 0

Gang-rape defense points to campus culture

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photos and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s judgment. Neuropsychologist James … 0

Justices will hear a challenge to new lethal injection drug

Friday, January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — A week after the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way for an Oklahoma man to be executed using a controversial new drug, the justices agreed to hear a legal challenge that the drug amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The sudden turn of events apparently reflects not a change of heart, but the narrow conservative-versus-liberal divide on the … 0

The Doomsday Clock

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that’s way … 0

With Yemen’s president out, US ponders its campaign against al-Qaida

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Yemen, for years a showpiece of U.S. counterterrorism efforts against the world’s most active al-Qaida branch, plunged into a dark and uncertain period Thursday with the resignation of the president and his Cabinet after a militant … 0

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at age 90

Thursday, January 22, 2015

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who led his country through years of regional tumult and internal strife, has died. He was 90. Abdullah died Friday, Saudi state television reported. No other details were given, but he had undergone … 0

Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu to Congress

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he’s invited Israel’s prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran. Boehner’s decision to bring Benjamin Netanyahu … 0

Officials begin testing mystery goo as bird death toll rises

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement. About 200 dead birds have been found along the bay’s shorelines, said Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the … 0

House GOP abruptly drops plans to debate abortion bill

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision … 0

German anti-Islam leader resigns after Hitler, refugee posts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BERLIN — The leader of a German organization against the perceived “Islamization” of Europe stepped down Wednesday after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler. Lutz … 0

Video shows man shot by NJ police raising his hands

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BRIDGETON, N.J. — With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark New Jersey night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned … 0

House GOP finds divisions over abortion legislation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans ran into divisions Wednesday over the new Congress’ first abortion bill, and leaders were searching for a way to advance the legislation without an embarrassing split over the issue. Legislation scheduled for a vote … 0

FBI completes probe of Ferguson shooting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. … 0