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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

Calif. lawmakers to pursue right-to-die law

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending … 0

4 men in Paris court are 1st to face terror attacks charges

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PARIS — French anti-terror prosecutors sought Tuesday to charge four men in connection with the attacks in Paris that left 20 people dead, which would be the first suspects charged in the country’s bloodiest terrorist attacks in decades. … 0

Shiite rebels shell Yemen president’s home

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels shelled the residence of Yemen’s leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace Tuesday in what a top army commander said was an unfolding coup. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — an important … 0

Government health care site sharing data

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is … 0

X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BERLIN — Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world’s oldest surviving library may one day reveal all … 0

Obama: ‘Shadow of crisis’ passed

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the “shadow of crisis” has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation’s wealthiest to pay for reductions for the middle … 0

Fact check: Obama claims credit for incomplete recovery

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. may not have “risen from recession” quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn’t recovered … 0

Boiling point?

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through … 0

US officials seek end to Cuban restrictions on diplomats

Monday, January 19, 2015

BC-US--United States-Cuba, 1st Ld-Writethru,587 US officials seek end to Cuban restrictions on diplomats Eds: Updates throughout with context, detail. By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press WASHINGTON — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions … 0

Slow burn

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, … 0