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Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday said working families need protections from heavy debt burdens and warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.
Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — At first glance, it seems like just another Atlantic Coast Conference game — North Carolina State vs. Louisville.
HOUSTON — UCLA lost just once at home this season and it was Gonzaga that dished out that defeat.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn’t sure where his career would have led had he accepted the Atlanta Hawks’ offer some 15 years ago.
In regional semifinal
HOUSTON — Coach K vs. Coach K.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed.
Families ask why
Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.
Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot’s job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.
U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit like French prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot did before crashing his airliner into the French Alps, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology aviation analyst said Thursday.
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men’s arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.
A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that two Nissan recalls didn’t go far enough to fix a problem with front-seat air bag seat sensors.
The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.
Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.
A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.
Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.
Keeping up a quick pace to the finish line, Curtis Penix didn’t look like someone who had walked nearly 240 miles in the footsteps of frontiersman Daniel Boone, an arduous trip through the Appalachian terrain that was inspired by his own family’s pioneering roots in the Kentucky wilderness.
Labor leaders said they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team.
The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.
NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it — a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.
Games played on March 26, 2015
NHL ROUNDUP: Anze Kopitar scored with 4:23 left, defenseman Alec Martinez had two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight on their road trip by beating the slumping New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night.
What’s one thing astronaut Scott Kelly can’t do without when he moves into space this week for a year? A belt.
A jury is recommending life without parole for an Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter’s running death.
A 12-year-old boy was cooking with his older brother when an argument erupted, and the boy shot his 6-year-old brother to death, wounded his older brother in the leg and killed himself, a sheriff said Thursday.
A lawyer disputes police claims that the kidnapping of a California woman was a hoax and says her boyfriend was bound and drugged during the abduction.
An apartment building collapsed in a fiery burst of rubble on Thursday and flames spread to nearby buildings in what officials said appeared to be a gas-related explosion, injuring at least a dozen people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village.
Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 on Thursday night and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy died when a sports utility vehicle hit an Amish horse-drawn carriage in northwest Missouri.
Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.
Gov. Jay Nixon is touting the state’s central location and AAA credit rating during a trade mission to Italy, Germany and Spain.
Police in the St. Louis County town of University City are investigating after the body of a woman was found in an office complex building.
Along a short stretch of winding road through a non-descript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died.
The man accused of shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson this month had nothing to do with the incident, his attorney said Wednesday, adding police should be searching for the real shooter.
Kansas legislators Wednesday approved a proposed ban on a common second-trimester procedure described by abortion opponents as dismembering a fetus, making their state the first to adopt a national group’s model policy.
A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his “dream job” died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.
A Northern California woman and her boyfriend concocted her reported abduction that spurred a two-day search, police said late Wednesday. The revelation coming just hours after she had reappeared 400 miles away in Southern California to the emotional relief of her family.
GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family’s health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle.
PHOENIX (AP) — Spice it up.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.
Tough regular-season schedules
The NCAA Tournament has never had so many teams with so many losses make it so far.
CLEVELAND — The blessing of being the son of an Olympic athlete meant Mike Brey grew up in a house where excellence wasn’t requested from his mother but required.
CLEVELAND — Nothing has rattled Kentucky to this point. Unbeaten and unblemished, the Wildcats have handled every challenge this season.
Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company’s ubiquitous social network.
Louisiana authorities responding to a tractor-trailer stuck on the muddy shoulder of a highway were astounded to see what was keeping it from overturning: elephants.
One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.
LOS ANGELES — Six years are a blink when old friends like Sean Miller and Chris Mack get back together. When the coaches met up Wednesday in a Staples Center hallway, they jumped right back into their old relationship roles.
LOS ANGELES — Bo Ryan is trippin’ about being back in the NCAA West Regional.