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US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike

Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year.

Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

Days after Waco shooting, South Carolina braces for bikers

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security.

Motorcyclists to gather around US for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is one of the biggest holidays on the calendars of motorcycle riders.

State Dept. employee faces cyberstalking, hacking charges

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.

US schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

Safety drills, parent notification systems and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.

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Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour.

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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian desert town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours.

US, Cuba push to finalize talks to re-establish embassies

American and Cuban officials were trying Thursday to complete talks to re-establish embassies in each other’s capitals after a half-century interruption.

Feds seek to manage Takata air bag recall, speed up repairs

Exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster.

Stocks notch record as rising oil boosts energy sector

The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks.

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Oil slicks off California span 9 miles

Slicks of oil that spilled into California coastal waters from an onshore pipeline spanned a total of 9 miles Wednesday, and a company official said the line was operating at full capacity when it broke, suggesting much more oil escaped than initially estimated.

US willing to take in Rohingya boat people

The United States is willing to take in Rohingya refugees as part of international efforts to cope with Southeast Asia’s stranded boat people, the State Department said Wednesday.

US releases 103 bin Laden documents

Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family.

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USAF launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments.

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by the Associated Press showed Wednesday.

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WWI hero’s lost Purple Heart is being returned to grandson

Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military.

Pilot who landed gyrocopter at US Capitol facing 6 charges

A Florida man who piloted a gyrocopter through miles of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol is now facing charges that carry up to 9½ years in prison.

Suspension advised for judge accused of punching attorney

A central Florida judge’s sharp tongue and hot temper might soon find him in the judicial penalty box.