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Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end bumpy day with gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Another choppy day on Wall Street is ending with stocks higher on hopes for new stimulus for Europe's economy and on a sharp rise in oil.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on new felony charges, according to a special prosecutor.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate committee to examine testing in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law, focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, a newly minted GOP senator is promising.

January 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market ends slightly higher

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is ending higher, helped by gains in technology companies and airlines.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justices weigh judicial candidates' appeal for campaign cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court is struggling with whether states can prohibit personal appeals for campaign contributions by candidates for elected judgeships.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks head lower in midday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - A mix of downbeat corporate and economic news pulled the stock market lower Tuesday, as health-care companies and housing stocks fell. Johnson & Johnson sank after reporting that a stronger dollar pinched the company's quarterly results.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court won't hear dispute over debit card fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New privacy concerns over government's health care website

WASHINGTON (AP) - A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.

January 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope: Catholics don't have to breed 'like rabbits'

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dad gets 'no-show' bill after son, 5, misses birthday party

LONDON (AP) - It was not what Derek Nash expected to find in his 5-year-old's school bag: A bill demanding a "no-show fee" for another child's birthday party.

January 19, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Twin giant panda cubs in Atlanta are named

ATLANTA (AP) - The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.

October 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA reviews 2 promising new drugs for hepatitis C

WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flavored small cigars are popular with kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air Force officials tell The Associated Press that twice this year, officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door. That door is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering the officers' underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Group acquires R.E.M. steeple, hopes to save it

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Commuters heading into downtown Athens Monday possibly noticed some demolition at the R.E.M. steeple, the famed location of the band's early practice and living space.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia State Fair moves from Macon to speedway

MACON, Ga. (AP) - After more than 160 years in Macon, the Georgia State Fair has moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Runner in KC Marathon sets knitting record

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$1,000 reward in 'Duck Dynasty' scarecrow heist

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Police in the north Georgia town of Ball Ground are offering $1,000 reward for the arrest of whoever stole a scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty."

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Student likely killed staffer at school

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police in Nevada say the two people killed in a school shooting were a staff member and a student who was likely the attacker.

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court reverses Ga. police officer's convictions

NASHVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed the convictions and prison sentence given to a south Georgia police officer who had been accused of soliciting sodomy from a 17-year-old boy.

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AT&T: Upgrade will boost cell service at stadium

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - AT&T says a major upgrade in the works will boost the power of mobile devices on its network in Sanford Stadium in Athens.

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hunter killed in central Ga.; few details released

GRAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a hunter was killed in Jones County over the weekend, though few details of the case were available early Monday.

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mega Millions game revamped with bigger prizes

ATLANTA (AP) - Lottery officials say the Mega Millions game will have bigger and faster growing jackpots as a result of a series of upcoming changes.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Little birds are big business for Georgia firm

GREENSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Georgia may be the poultry capital of the U.S., producing billions of broiler chickens a year. But a company in Greensboro has found success raising and selling another meat bird one-tenth the size of the typical commodity chicken.

October 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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