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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government is warning that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they're eligible.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician to form the next government Monday, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has so far been limited to automatic rifles and ammunition.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Rioters looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted riot police who tried to block access to parts of a predominantly black suburb of St. Louis after a candlelight vigil to an unarmed man who was fatally shot by an officer turned ugly.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stewart crash probe focuses on lighting, track

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gaza talks on hold, Israeli delegation stays home

JERUSALEM (AP) - Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

SAO PAULO (AP) - The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

BEIRUT (AP) - A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe," the insurgents' new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, artillery thundering through deserted streets.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged China and its neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes that many fear could spark conflict.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White students to no longer be majority at school

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

HONOLULU (AP) - Tourists in popular areas of Hawaii got back to their vacations after a tropical storm swept through without widespread disaster, but a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24 hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Lawyer: former Atlanta schools chief is innocent

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for Beverly Hall says the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent is innocent and looks forward to having her day in court.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Guide to the Philadelphia abortion doc murder case

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies allegedly born alive at the abortion clinic he ran. A look at the facts in the case:

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Official: Suspect in custody in Boston bombings

BOSTON (AP) - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Wednesday in a breakthrough that came less than 48 hours after the deadly attack, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Braves LHP Avilan better, hopes to avoid DL

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Braves reliever Luis Avilan is feeling better after being carted off the field the previous night because of severe pain in his left leg.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal approved in Muslims' suit against McDonald's

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has finalized a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised food as prepared according to Islamic law.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Officials: 2nd letter to Senate tested for ricin

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has been intercepted and is being tested for poisonous ricin.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Secret Service: Suspicious letter mailed to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate vote nears, background check bill in peril

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Authorities recover pressure cooker lid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities investigating the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon have recovered a piece of circuit board that they believe was part of one of the explosive devices, and also found the lid of a pressure cooker that apparently was catapulted onto the roof of a nearby building.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In NYC, strains of solidarity with rival Boston

NEW YORK (AP) - A stadium full of Yankees fans stood arm in arm at the bottom of the third inning in the Bronx, singing along to "Sweet Caroline," the Boston Red Sox anthem. Irony and sarcasm were absent. Sincerity was the mood of the night.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GA thrift shop worker hospitalized after explosion

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a thrift shop employee has been hospitalized with burns after opening a package.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Criticism of immigration bill from left and right

WASHINGTON (AP) - To some conservatives, it's amnesty.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DHS: No evidence of broader plot tied to Boston

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no evidence that the bombings at the Boston Marathon are part of a wider plot.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


American Airlines halts flights, passengers stuck

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines grounded flights across the country Tuesday because of an outage of its main reservations system. Thousands of passengers were stranded at airports and on airplanes.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US housing starts surpass 1 million in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. homebuilders broke the 1 million mark in March for the first time since June 2008. The gain signals continued strength for the housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season.

April 16, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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