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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government is warning that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they're eligible.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician to form the next government Monday, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has so far been limited to automatic rifles and ammunition.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Rioters looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted riot police who tried to block access to parts of a predominantly black suburb of St. Louis after a candlelight vigil to an unarmed man who was fatally shot by an officer turned ugly.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stewart crash probe focuses on lighting, track

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

BEIRUT (AP) - A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

SAO PAULO (AP) - The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's rebels are surrounded and ready to agree to a cease-fire to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe," the insurgents' new leader said Saturday as conditions deteriorated in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, artillery thundering through deserted streets.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged China and its neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes that many fear could spark conflict.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White students to no longer be majority at school

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

HONOLULU (AP) - Tourists in popular areas of Hawaii got back to their vacations after a tropical storm swept through without widespread disaster, but a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24 hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gaza talks on hold, Israeli delegation stays home

JERUSALEM (AP) - Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops.

August 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Target: Breach affected millions more customers

NEW YORK (AP) - Target's pre-Christmas security breach was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported last month.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of drugs.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pa. man stole sanitizer to make cocktails

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man stole 12 bottles of hand sanitizer from a central Pennsylvania hospital so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol it contained.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal reached on tobacco firm corrective statements

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking and requires them to disclose smoking's health effects.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US economy adds 74K jobs; rate falls to 6.7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing figure ends 2013 on a weak note and raises questions about whether the job market can sustain its recent gains.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sexism part of military academies' culture

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.

January 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. December tax revenue totals $1.75 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says net tax collections in the month of December increased by about $64 million compared to December 2012.

January 09, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House-backed Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, but the bill's fate remained in doubt.

January 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Democrat Carter to report $1.3M in Ga. gov bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Jason Carter will report $1.3 million in contributions to his campaign for Georgia's governor, a sizeable haul in just over seven weeks and in a state where Republicans control every statewide elected office.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Birth control mandate should not be blocked

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday called on a Supreme Court justice to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Adding a baby to health plan not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's another quirk in the Obama administration's new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Snapchat suffers security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Snapchat, the disappearing-message service popular with young people, has been quiet following a security breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of millions of its users.

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


California grants law license to immigrant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court granted a law license on Thursday to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam.

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

January 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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