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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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Stocks fall on US earnings, weak China report

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are falling broadly Thursday after earnings and forecasts from several companies disappointed investors. A survey from China, a major driver of global growth, suggested that manufacturing in the world's second-largest economy was contracting.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court struggles with restitution for child porn

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court lent a sympathetic ear Wednesday to a victim of child pornography who wants the court to make it easier for victims to collect money from people convicted of downloading and viewing the pornographic images.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Even more government control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court to decide on child porn victim restitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman whose childhood rapes by her uncle were captured on camera and widely traded on the Internet wants the Supreme Court to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view the brutal images on their computers.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens."

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Airfares continue to rise

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio killer executed with new lethal drug combo

UCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscars with 10 nods each

The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with "Gravity," ''American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" all receiving a heap of nominations.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mass. monks brewing beer like European brothers

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) - For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Confederate street law questioned

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Steeped in Civil War history, the northern Virginia city of Alexandria is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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