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March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
6 hours 8 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving lower in midday trading as the market pulls back from record highs reached earlier this week.

The drop Wednesday was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor's 500 lost ground.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,096 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 109 points, or 0.6 percent, to 18,093....

March 4, 2015 - 11:57am
6 hours 18 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.

Speaking at the company's annual investor meeting in New York, Tillerson cautioned that geopolitical turmoil could unexpectedly send prices higher. But he said that if tensions calm, much more oil is ready to hit the market — a market that is already flush with crude oil.


March 4, 2015 - 11:51am
6 hours 18 min ago

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the abduction of a University of Virginia student has made his first appearance in court since he was charged with the 18-year-old woman's slaying.

With Hannah Graham's parents looking on, a shackled Jesse Matthew Jr. attended a hearing Wednesday in Charlottesville on pretrial motions.

The 33-year-old Matthew is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile Graham.

March 4, 2015 - 11:44am
6 hours 38 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. officials say authorities were forced to release a foreigner before he was shot by police on Los Angeles' Skid Row because no country would take him.

The officials said Wednesday that France issued travel documents for a man identified as Charley Saturmin Robinet but rescinded them in 2013 after determining it was an assumed name.

The man later told authorities he was from Cameroon and gave a different name, but officials from...

March 4, 2015 - 11:42am
6 hours 58 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak is walking across the state to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey.

Sestak announced his candidacy for the 2016 election on Wednesday outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall. He then began his 422-mile journey by walking to the city's Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

The 63-year-old Democrat is campaigning under the slogan: "Joe Sestak is...

March 4, 2015 - 11:31am
3 hours 58 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified the 8-year-old boy who died after being struck by a metal arm that opens a gate in a suburban Las Vegas housing community.

The Clark County coroner's office said Wednesday that Matthew Cattlet's cause of death is pending.

North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon says the boy was apparently crawling through a space in the automatic gate that's 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide Tuesday afternoon...

March 4, 2015 - 11:27am
6 hours 58 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should hold off on submitting plans to cut carbon dioxide from power plants, as the rule would require.

McConnell says "refusing to go along" will give the courts...

March 4, 2015 - 11:23am
6 hours 58 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Irish eyes will smile on the White House on St. Patrick's Day.

President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will meet on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and discuss what the White House says are "issues of mutual concern."

Vice President Joe Biden will participate in the Oval Office meeting.

Before the meeting, Biden and Kenny will have breakfast at Biden's official residence at the Naval...

March 4, 2015 - 11:06am
6 hours 18 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are stepping up their pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from anti-government insurgents backed by Russia.

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland testified Wednesday that President Barack Obama has not yet made a decision on the issue.

Nuland said the U.S. deplores Russia's activities...

March 4, 2015 - 10:50am
7 hours 18 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has been hearing arguments this morning in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The challenge could threaten insurance coverage for millions of people.

The justices will be trying to determine whether the health law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Opponents of the law say it limits tax credits only to people who live in states that created...

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