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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


Clarkesville mayor dies after being shot at his home

CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say Clarkesville's mayor, Dr. Terry Greene, has died after a shooting at his home.

December 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ole Miss DT Nkemdiche charged with possession of marijuana

Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche has been charged with possession of marijuana after being hospitalized following a fall at an Atlanta hotel.

December 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Commissioner rejects Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement

CINCINNATI (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on ...

December 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Baltimore braces as first trial in Freddie Gray death closes

BALTIMORE (AP) - The city of Baltimore braced for a verdict Monday in the first of six trials of police officers charged in the death of ...

December 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

July 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said.

July 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Charleston shooting defendant to provide handwriting samples

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A white man charged with killing nine black parishioners at a Charleston church was ordered to provide handwriting samples to investigators, and prosecutors hope to match it with notes and other writings that point to motive.

July 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Last words from slain Marine to girlfriend: 'ACTIVE SHOOTER'

They were four people charged with the safety of others, gunned down in a place where the nation's defense is the paramount mission for those who pass through its doors. They are being deemed heroes by some, and the cruel irony of protectors becoming targets was not lost, with President Barack Obama calling it "a heartbreaking circumstance" to lose four men who served "with great valor."

July 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Engine fire on Delta flight forces emergency landing

SEATTLE (AP) - Passengers saw flames shoot from an airliner's engine and the Delta flight with more than 260 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Seattle airport before dawn Thursday.

July 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


4 Marines killed in attacks in Tenn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, killing at least four Marines and wounding a soldier and a police officer, officials said. The suspect also was killed.

July 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China

LONDON (AP) - A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.

July 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is rejecting the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

July 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In Iran deal, Obama sees validation for diplomatic gamble

WASHINGTON (AP) - To President Barack Obama, the historic nuclear accord with Iran is a validation of an arduous, politically fraught diplomatic gamble, one he foreshadowed before winning the White House and one that will shape his legacy long after he leaves.

July 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious over 'Mockingbird' sequel

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Author Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville buzzed with excitement over the Tuesday release of her novel "Go Set a Watchman," the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird." The town is the model for Maycomb, the setting of both books. A full day of celebrations is planned, including readings, tours and a mint julep cocktail hour outside the old courthouse.

July 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - We've made it to Pluto by NASA's calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

July 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama warns Congress not to stand in way of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a "new direction," while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord.

July 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sculptor Andy Davis has died after Georgia crash

ATLANTA (AP) - The artist selected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds died Sunday after a weekend crash involving a suspected drunken driver, a coroner said. Andy Davis was 53.

July 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama commutes sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders on Monday, including 14 who were sentenced to life in prison, saying "their punishments didn't fit the crime."

July 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.

July 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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