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: VA wastes $5 billion a year in improper purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock indexes move higher in early trading

U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak. Investors sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and applauded a government report indicating that applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year low last week. Technology companies rose the most.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: Amtrak engineer doesn't remember fatal derailment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash, his attorney said.

May 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rubio promoting a strong military as part of foreign policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on ending bulk collection of US phone recor

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House neared approval of legislation Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records but still allow the agency to search the data on a case by case basis. Passage would set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the law authorizing the program is to expire.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Michigan couple with 12 sons already welcome boy No. 13

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end mostly lower after a day of meandering

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending mostly lower as traders considered some corporate earnings and deal news.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regulators: More delays possible for Georgia nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) - Regulators say there's a "high probability" a nuclear plant under construction in Georgia will be delayed even longer than the three years already announced by its owners, according to an analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP estimates train in deadly crash was traveling 107 mph

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday evening in Philadelphia was travelling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit less than half that, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Carrie Underwood leads nominations for CMT Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks moves slightly higher in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly higher as the market comes off two days of losses.

May 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge lower amid bond market volatility

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after recouping much of an early slump.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


For sale: Paula Deen asking $12.5M for her Savannah mansion

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen has put her Savannah mansion on the market with an asking price of $12.5 million.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First-time buyers face hurdles to homeownership this spring

Young people aspiring to buy their first home are already facing disappointment this year.

May 12, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ga. Rep. Brooks to be arraigned on fraud charges

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks is set to appear in court for arraignment on federal fraud charges.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks rise on Fed stimulus hopes, home sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are moving higher Wednesday morning after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it was too soon for the central bank to pull back on its massive economic stimulus programs.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


IRS official Lerner: 'I did nothing wrong'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her constitutional right to refuse to answer lawmakers' questions.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI: Man fatally shot in Boston bombing probe

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A man being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case was shot to death at his home by an FBI agent Wednesday after turning violent, officials said.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal weighs in on atheist materials being donated

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he believes in the right of atheist groups to donate literature for use in cabins and lodges in Georgia's state parks just as Bibles are allowed.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists prepare to send help to Oklahoma

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's disaster relief organization are making plans at their suburban Atlanta offices to send help to the Oklahoma City area after Monday's tornado.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bank worker accused of theft, fiscal exploitation

TLANTA (AP) - Police say Wells Fargo personal banker is accused of stealing about $10,600 from an elderly customer's account.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arias tells jury what she'll do if allowed to live

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias asked jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, arguing she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in an interview after she was convicted of murder that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former IRS chief: Can't say how targeting happened

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. police increase enforcement patrols for summer

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in Georgia are rolling out increased enforcement patrols as part of their summer safety campaign.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tea party groups plan IRS protest in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party groups are planning a protest at the Georgia Capitol over the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Athens businessman becomes Republican chairman

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The new chairman of the Georgia Republican Party says the party won't twiddle its thumbs under his leadership.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jekyll breaking ground on overdue convention hotel

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Developers are set to start construction on a new convention hotel for Jekyll Island after long delays that largely resulted from difficulties getting a bank loan for the $41 million project.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fog blankets much of Georgia in wake of storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Fog blanketed much of Georgia in the wake of storms that washed out roads in the northeast part of the state and led to rising streams and rivers.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta council considers 20-story Ferris wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council is expected to consider a request to construct a Ferris wheel once used in Paris that would soar 20 stories over downtown Atlanta.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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