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Duke cancels plan for Muslim call to prayer from tower

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke University has canceled its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Belgium police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

NEW YORK (AP) - As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak bank results weigh on stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Disappointing results from Bank of America, Citigroup and other companies nudged the stock market lower Thursday. Target rose after the retailer announced plans to close down its stores in Canada.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Covington filmed 'Selma' up for Oscar

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while "Boyhood" remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove the stock market lower for a fourth day in a row. Investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds, sending yields plunging.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to renew push for paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for working parents.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican U.S. House voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


We burn 2.7 million gallons a minute, so why's oil so cheap?

NEW YORK (AP) - The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher - and is rising.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stocks gain for fifth day on unemployment report

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow pushed further into unchartered territory Thursday, having surpassed its previous all-time high two days ago. The catalyst was a government report on employment that gave succor to stock market bulls.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama backs down

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA on Thursday, stating there are limits to a president's ability to order drone strikes on U.S. soil against suspected terrorists who are American citizens.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. lawmakers face deadline to pass legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The clock is ticking for Georgia state lawmakers seeking to pass legislation this year.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia jobless rate holds steady at 8.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.7 percent held steady in January, unchanged from the December rate.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lion kills intern at Calif. Exotic animal park

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old woman, who had been on the job as an intern there for just a few weeks.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arkansas adopts US's most restrictive abortion law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers overrode a veto Wednesday and gave the state the most restrictive abortion law in the country - a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy onward that is certain to end up in court.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. lawmakers debate easing gun carrying rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will debate rules Thursday that could allow more mentally ill people to carry firearms, though hasty changes may blunt some of the impact.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge up following Dow's record day

NEW YORK (AP) - After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher on Wednesday.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to prevent March 27 federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans pushed legislation through the House on Wednesday to ease the short-term impact of $85 billion in spending cuts and prevent a government shutdown this month - at the same time previewing a longer-term plan to erase federal deficits without raising taxes.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jeb Bush more open to a future White House bid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Bush has long resisted pressure from supporters to run for president, but now the former Florida governor is signaling that he's open to the idea.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


License plate fees cause change in wildlife money

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Money gleaned from state auto tag fees to fund Georgia wildlife conservation programs are drying up.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Family: Woman denied CPR wanted no intervention

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Relatives of an 87-year-old woman who died after a nurse at her retirement home refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to perform CPR expressed satisfaction with the care she received, saying her wishes were to die naturally. Meanwhile, the company that owns the facility now says its worker failed to follow proper procedures.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks climb following Dow's record day

NEW YORK (AP) - An encouraging look at the job market helped send the stock market higher Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average tore through its previous record high.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal struck to make change in state's car tax law

ATLANTA (AP) - State lawmakers have reached agreement on a deal to fix one aspect of Georgia's new car tax law that drew complaints about car leasing.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dukes of Hazzard reunion could be big draw

BYRON, Ga. (AP) - The upcoming "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion in Byron is beginning to have the makings of a countrified Woodstock.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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