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Mayor: Fire chief's termination based on judgment, not faith

ATLANTA (AP) - Religious groups have rallied to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, however Mayor Kasim Reed says his termination was based on his judgment and not anti-gay statements in his self-published religious book.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Virginians vote on jailed lawmaker's bid to keep his seat

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The writers of TV's "Scandal" would be hard-pressed to invent a client more difficult than "Fighting Joe" Morrissey, who campaigned from jail for Tuesday's special election to fill the same seat he's resigning from in disgrace.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Republicans press attacks on Obama agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defiant congressional Republicans attacked President Barack Obama's agenda from all sides Tuesday, ignoring his veto threats and pushing bills to uproot his policies on immigration and Wall Street, force approval of a long energy pipeline he opposes and make him justify any new federal rules before he makes them.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites back online

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Twitter and YouTube sites for the U.S. military's Central Command are back online after being taken over by hackers claiming to support the Islamic State militant group, and Pentagon officials are reviewing some security protocols in the wake of the breach.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Oil dips below $45 as OPEC signals no cuts

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has dipped below $45 a barrel following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn't plan to cut production.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio State claims title in playoff's debut

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ohio State was done when Braxton Miller got hurt in August.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Divers retrieve 2nd black box from AirAsia crash

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - Divers retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea on Tuesday, giving experts essential tools to piece together what brought Flight 8501 down.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Europe's Muslims feel heat of backlash after Paris terror

PARIS (AP) - Firebombs and pig heads thrown into mosques. Veiled women subjected to crude insults in the street. The Internet awash with threats against Muslims. Europe's Muslims are feeling the heat of a fierce backlash following last week's terror attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP majority aiming to soften financial overhaul law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House is aiming to soften the bite of legislation that grew out of the 2008 financial crisis and put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since the Great Depression.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


For Coke and Pepsi, smaller sodas could pay more

NEW YORK (AP) - After watching Americans suck down Big Gulps for decades, Coke and Pepsi are realizing less could be more.

January 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Group stages protest outside Gov. Deal swearing-in ceremon

ATLANTA (AP) - A group of protesters staged a demonstration in the state Capitol outside Gov. Nathan Deal's swearing-in ceremony.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: As many as 6 Paris terror suspects may be at large

PARIS (AP) - As many as six members of a terrorist cell involved in the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man who was seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen, police officials said Monday.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hackers claiming to be working on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday, but the Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said no classified material was breached.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Absence of top US official at Paris march stokes criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) - As world leaders linked arms and marched in defiance of terror attacks in Paris, there was one glaring absence: a high-level representative from the United States.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Education secretary says he backs annual testing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that testing U.S. schoolchildren annually in math and reading is critical for measuring their educational progress, setting the stage for what is likely to be a contentious Capitol Hill debate on the federal role in education.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ga. amputee runner raising money for bomb victims

ATLANTA (AP) - A Sandy Springs man who is a double-amputee was nearly to the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia unemployment rate drops to 8.4 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent in March, the lowest rate since December 2008.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: 5 to 15 people killed in Texas explosion

WEST, Texas (AP) - Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

April 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. police Sgt. arrested in McDonalds dispute

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta police sergeant accused of pulling a gun on a customer in a McDonalds drive-thru has been arrested.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall on signs of slowing global economy

NEW YORK (AP) - As evidence of a slowing global economy grows, investors are showing some caution just one week after U.S. stocks hit an all-time high.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ricin in Obama letter, odd packages scramble Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Feds deny reports Boston suspect is arrested

BOSTON (AP) - Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in Boston on Wednesday amid conflicting reports of whether a suspect was in custody in the marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170.

April 17, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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