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Will lower gas prices mean more consumer spending?

Gasoline prices have dropped so much this year, that many are speculating about their impact on other areas of the economy.  

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President Obama, center, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second left at the welcome banquet for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, China Monday. (AP Photo)
President Obama, center, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second left at the welcome banquet for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, China Monday. (AP Photo)
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Obama rejects notion of breakthrough with North Korea

BEIJING (AP) -- President Barack Obama is squelching speculation that the release of two Americans held in North Korea might pave the way for a new round of nuclear talks, saying the U.S. needs more than "small gestures" before reopening a high level of dialogue with Pyongyang.

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US President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Sept. 29, 1983. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, FILE)
US President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Sept. 29, 1983. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, FILE)
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Tape shows contrite Reagan apologizing to Thatcher

LONDON (AP) -- So sorry we kept it a secret. That was Ronald Reagan's message to Margaret Thatcher when U.S. troops invaded the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983 without telling the British leader first.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during an April news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during an April news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Obama nominees face lame duck obstacles in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- So many nominees, so little time.

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Salah Salahadyn of Milwaukee has been sentenced to seven years stealing a $5 million Stradivarius violin from a musician.  (AP Photo/Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, File)
Salah Salahadyn of Milwaukee has been sentenced to seven years stealing a $5 million Stradivarius violin from a musician. (AP Photo/Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, File)
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Man convicted in $5M violin theft gets 7 years in prison

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The man accused of masterminding the theft of a 300-year-old, $5 million Stradivarius violin that was snatched from a musician in Milwaukee was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.

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A card of support for Ryan McMillan
A card of support for Ryan McMillan (Infamous Ryders of Chester County)
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Community rallies to help Scotty McMillan’s brother

Residents of Pennsylvania's Chester County are working to help Ryan McMillan, the 6-year-old brother of Scotty McMillan, who was allegedly tortured to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

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A Chinese volunteer stands near a video screen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing
A Chinese volunteer stands near a video screen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Amid strains, Obama puts bright face on China ties

 

BEIJING (AP) -- Putting a bright face on the future of U.S. ties to China, President Barack Obama announced Monday that the two countries would start granting visas to each other's citizens valid for up to 10 years.

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Kaci Hickox comes out of her house to speak to reporters, in Fort Kent, Maine
Kaci Hickox comes out of her house to speak to reporters, in Fort Kent, Maine (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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Ebola nurse to be advocate for health workers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who battled politicians over her quarantine after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa said she will continue speaking out on behalf of public health workers.

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A snow-covered horse grazes a pasture near Cremona, Alta.,
A snow-covered horse grazes a pasture near Cremona, Alta., (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
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Wet, frigid weather hits Upper Midwest

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Heavy snow and plunging temperatures are expected to hit the Upper Midwest this week, dropping as much as a foot of snow on the region and pushing thermometer readings down by as much as 40 degrees overnight. The powerful storm, which is coursing into the area from Alaska, will likely bring the first major snowfall of the season.

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This photo purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)
This photo purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. (AP Photo/Militant video, File)
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Iraqi officials say ISIS leader wounded in airstrike

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on the militant leader being injured.

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