House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.

  • Written by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

PARIS (AP) — With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

  • Written by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer