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Head of Spokane NAACP quits amid furor over racial identity

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter Monday amid a furor over racial identity that erupted when her parents came forward to say she has been posing as black for years when she is actually white.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


After 6 months, Jeb Bush ready for '16

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Bush is ready to launch a Republican presidential bid months in the making on Monday by asserting his commitment to the "most vulnerable in our society," an approach targeting the broader American electorate even as he faces questions about his policies from conservatives in his own party.

June 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House rejects Obama on trade authority

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House derailed a high-profile trade bill on Friday in a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and dozens of union-backed lawmakers from his own party.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, is vanishing because of waning interest from 2016 hopefuls and questions about its relevancy.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Search for escaped murderers enters 7th day in northern NY

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) - Squads of law enforcement officers on Friday began a seventh day of trying to track down two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York and could be hiding out in swampy terrain swarming with blood-sucking insects.

June 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end higher, building on gains of a day earlier

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing higher, building on a big gain from the day before.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The Latest on prison escape: Search dogs caught scent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says bloodhounds caught the scent of two escaped killers, leading searchers to a rural area a few miles from an upstate New York prison.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93

LONDON (AP) - Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has died at age 93.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


27 of Einstein's personal letters going on auction block

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When he wasn't busy scribbling out the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein seems to have spent a fair amount of time writing letters involving topics such as God, his son's geometry studies, even a little toy steam engine an uncle gave him when he was a boy.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Body of American killed fighting IS handed over to family

BEIRUT (AP) - The body of an American who died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria was handed over on Thursday to his family at a Turkish border crossing, a Kurdish official said.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Four years after taking union rights away from teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker now wants to strip job protections for University of Wisconsin professors in a move he likens to the 2011 law that made him a national figure and set up his expected presidential run.

June 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: Chimps enjoy fermented palm sap, get drunk off it

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Chimpanzees in West Africa get inebriated during lengthy "drinking sessions" featuring the fermented sap of palm trees - normally used to make palm wine - according to a new study published Wednesday.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits

Walgreens expects to reach about half the country by the end of the year with a new telemedicine service that lets people see doctors for minor ailments without leaving the home or office.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NTSB says Amtrak engineer didn't use cellphone before crash

WASHINGTON (AP) - The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said Wednesday, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks drift mostly lower; Treasury rates rise

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing mostly lower, extending a weak streak for the market.

June 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Exotic animals removed from Canada pet shop

TORONTO (AP) - The manager of a Canadian zoo says officials are preparing to remove more than a dozen animals from an exotic pet store beneath the apartment where two boys were asphyxiated by a python while they slept.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


North Georgia under flash flood watch

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say all of north Georgia will be under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night as heavy rains are again possible in the region.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors; bans increase

ATLANTA (AP) - First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man finds maggots on sandwich at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Restaurant executives say they've switched vendors after a customer found a cluster of maggots on his sandwich at Atlanta's airport.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Alabama AG joins brief in support of prayer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined attorneys general from 22 other states in filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State prepares for removal of Ga. 400 toll booths

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say they plan to quit collecting tolls on Georgia 400 in late November and begin dismantling the giant toll plaza in January.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. schools superintendent may run for governor

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he's considering challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's Republican primary.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home prices vault nearly 12 percent in June

U.S. home prices surged 11.9 percent in June from a year earlier, reflecting stronger demand amid a tight supply of homes for sale.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 killed in Pa. shooting linked to feud with town

A man feuding with township officials in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting - including at least one town official - in a rampage that blew holes through the walls and sent people crawling for cover, authorities said.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NY man tried to sell baby on Craigslist

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old man angry with a woman he dated posted photos of her 2-month-old daughter in a Craigslist ad and tried to sell the baby for $100, prosecutors said Monday.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Plea deal reached in Paula Deen extortion case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Elderly Komodo dragon euthanized at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta officials say an elderly Komodo dragon has been euthanized after staff noticed significant declines in his mobility and behavior.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


local inducted in hall of fame

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct two new members next month.

August 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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