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School district near Ferguson cancels classes

A school district that includes some students from Ferguson, Missouri, is calling off classes Monday and Tuesday, citing potential unrest if a much-anticipated grand jury announcement occurs soon.

November 21, 2014

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory

Stocks are pushing further into record territory as investors welcome a move by China to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates.

November 21, 2014

Appeals for calm in Brown shooting case

As a grand jury nears an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting case, there are appeals for calm today from activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown.

November 21, 2014

Hall of Fame coach Tarkanian hospitalized in Vegas

Family members say Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian remains hospitalized in stable condition at a Las Vegas hospital where he's being treated for pneumonia.

November 21, 2014

After epic snow, floods and roof collapses are concerns

The snow has stopped falling and the New York State Thruway is reopening, but the worries aren't over in western New York.

November 21, 2014

Unemployment falls in 34 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 34 states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.

November 21, 2014

$139M settlement in Los Angeles school molestation case

The Los Angeles Unified School District says it has reached a $139 million settlement of all remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous counts of lewd conduct against his students.

November 21, 2014

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

A spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor says a grand jury is still meeting to consider charges against a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

November 21, 2014

Police, protest groups to announce conduct pact

Police and government leaders are preparing to outline an agreement reached with activist groups spelling out how protesters associated with those organizations will conduct themselves following a grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case.

November 21, 2014

Colorado pot credit union could open next year

Colorado has granted a charter for the first financial institution to serve the state's cash-only marijuana industry. But action by the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Reserve is needed, and pot's still illegal under federal law.

November 21, 2014

Arrests after Ferguson protesters block traffic

Three people face charges after another night of protests in Ferguson.

November 21, 2014

Lost New Mexico kitten ends up in Maine

A New Mexico woman's missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery.

November 21, 2014

Republicans sue Obama administration over health law

House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over steps President Barack Obama took to put his health law into place.

November 21, 2014

Boehner: Obama is damaging the presidency

House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration.

November 21, 2014

US stocks rise early after rate cut from China

U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading after a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of that region's central bank.

November 21, 2014

White House: Immigration steps would boost GDP

The White House says President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions would boost the economy by expanding the U.S. labor force and increasing worker productivity. It says average wages would rise over a 10-year period, a claim that Obama critics and even some labor allies dispute.

November 21, 2014

Kerry, Iran pull back from nuke talks

VIENNA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister have decided to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving the future of the negotiations unclear less than four days before the deadline for a deal.

November 21, 2014

Newtown shooter's history reviewed in new report

A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history.

November 21, 2014

Obama taking immigration plan on the road

President Barack Obama sets off on a mission today to sell his executive actions on immigration.

November 21, 2014

6 wounded in shooting near Pittsburgh

Six people have been wounded in an early morning shooting outside Pittsburgh.

November 21, 2014

Snow collapses Buffalo area buildings

Officials in Erie County, New York, say some 30 building collapses have been reported in the Buffalo area from the weight of more than 7 feet of snow, and officials expect to find more examples now that dawn has broken.

November 21, 2014

Missing climber's body recovered at Colorado peak

Searchers have recovered the body of a Colorado man who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

November 21, 2014

Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city

One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city.

November 20, 2014

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

U.S. stocks are back at record levels as investors were encouraged by good news on housing, the job market and corporate earnings.

November 20, 2014

Snow brings down roofs

Roofs are starting to collapse under the weight of all of the snow that's been falling in the Buffalo, New York, area.

November 20, 2014

100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the 1st time

Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She had never been to the beach, until recently.

November 20, 2014

Crowing rooster could cost couple $3,000 in fines

A couple in suburban Portland, Oregon, faces more than chicken feed in penalties for a crowing rooster.

November 20, 2014

Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.

November 20, 2014

Truckers wait out storm at Thruway truck stops

Scores of truckers remain idled at a pair of truck stops just off the Thruway in western New York as they wait for the highway to be cleared of snow and reopened.

November 20, 2014

Source says Florida State shooter was graduate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.

November 20, 2014
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