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Georgia's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since March 2008.

December 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Threats sent to schools in South Florida, Houston

MIAMI (AP) - Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to ...

December 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mistrial in 1st officer's trial in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors couldn't reach a decision in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged ...

December 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


School threats prompt proposals for tougher penalties

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Taking a harder line on crimes no longer seen as juvenile pranks, state lawmakers around the U.S. are proposing stiffer penalties ...

December 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fed finally lifts key interest rate from near zero

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates from record lows set at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, a shift that heralds ...

December 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Los Angeles schools closed due to threat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest, have been ordered closed due to an ...

December 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain in early trading, Sirius up on Stern deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are climbing in early trading as buyers return to a market that has been mostly beaten down in recent days.

December 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Smaller counties driving US jail population growth

NEW YORK (AP) - While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the ...

December 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Methodists end minister's NY same-sex wedding case

NEW YORK (AP) - A United Methodist bishop on Monday dropped the case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding - a dramatic decision that came just months after another minister was defrocked for the same reason.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's warnings brushed aside by Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) - One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin speaks tough on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev Tuesday to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Russia 'on the wrong side of history'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday accused Russia of being "on the wrong side of history" with its military intervention in Ukraine and said he's examining diplomatic and economic steps to isolate Moscow.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia demands a return to Ukraine unity pact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall as Ukraine tensions rise; Gold gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Global stocks fell sharply on rising tension over Russia's military advance into Ukraine and the threat of possible sanctions by Western governments. Treasurys and gold prices rose as investors bought safer assets.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Married man to become Maronite priest in US

ST. LOUIS (AP) - When Deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he's expected to have hundreds of supporters there for him, including his wife and daughter.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager - and left with about $100 in cash from the register.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

WASHINGTON (AP) - Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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