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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. superintendent candidates debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The candidates vying to lead Georgia's K-12 education agency split on a set of national academic standards being implemented in the state and tried to appeal to teachers during their first debate of the general election on Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Calif. wildfire burns out of control

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California's Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: 2 Calif. boys planned shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ala. hunters snag 1K-pound alligator

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cost to raise child tops $245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: Autopsy shows teen repeatedly shot

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


National Guard ordered to Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gov declares emergency in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.

August 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas' Perry charged

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Teen shot by cop suspect in recent robbery

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia lets Ukraine inspect aid convoy

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stores have solid back-to-school start

NEW YORK (AP) - The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Williams' wife: Robin had Parkinson's

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama appeals for 'peace and calm' in Ferguson

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of a St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Praise for 'small town boy' hit by Stewart's car

TURIN, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends praised the dirt-track racer as a "small-town boy" who loved his sport during the funeral for the 20-year-old driver who was killed by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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