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FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE (AP) - The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado - a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Missing jet's pilots had firm community ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - One was passionate enough about flying to build his own flight simulator in his home. The other was a 27-year-old contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


College offers to pay students to take year off

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships.

March 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

March 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.

March 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Methodists end minister's NY same-sex wedding case

NEW YORK (AP) - A United Methodist bishop on Monday dropped the case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding - a dramatic decision that came just months after another minister was defrocked for the same reason.

March 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama's warnings brushed aside by Russia's Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) - One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

March 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background check.

March 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin speaks tough on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev Tuesday to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: Russia 'on the wrong side of history'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday accused Russia of being "on the wrong side of history" with its military intervention in Ukraine and said he's examining diplomatic and economic steps to isolate Moscow.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia demands a return to Ukraine unity pact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government - with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power - would rule until an early election no later than December.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall as Ukraine tensions rise; Gold gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Global stocks fell sharply on rising tension over Russia's military advance into Ukraine and the threat of possible sanctions by Western governments. Treasurys and gold prices rose as investors bought safer assets.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Married man to become Maronite priest in US

ST. LOUIS (AP) - When Deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he's expected to have hundreds of supporters there for him, including his wife and daughter.

February 27, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Fewer school districts promoting junk food, soda

ATLANTA (AP) - There's been a big shift in how many school districts take money from soda companies and ban junk food from vending machines, health officials say.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. sheriff's officials bust dog fighting ring

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in south Georgia say 27 dogs have been rescued from a dogfighting ring.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. sheriff's officials bust dog fighting ring

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's officials in south Georgia say 27 dogs have been rescued from a dogfighting ring.

August 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia city backs off on mandatory gun ownership

NELSON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia city is backing off its ordinance requiring gun ownership.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. metal thieves target car and truck batteries

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say metal thieves are targeting auto batteries in Georgia.

August 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Teen co-defendant says 18-year-old shot baby

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - The 15-year-old co-defendant of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller during a robbery attempt in coastal Georgia pointed at the 18-year-old in court and said he was the shooter.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


UPS to end health coverage for some spouses

DALLAS (AP) - United Parcel Service Inc. is ending health-insurance benefits for employees' spouses who can get coverage elsewhere. It blames the change on the new health-care law.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Intruder found at Lopez's Hamptons estate

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Police say an intruder had been living for a week on Jennifer Lopez's property in the Hamptons while she was away.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. deer hunting registration deadline approaching

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for deer season is quickly approaching.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Metro Atlanta jobless rate declines to 8.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in July.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gov. Deal orders review of education guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered an extensive review of national education guidelines known as Common Core standards.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman

NEW YORK (AP) - Bradley Manning says he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy, a day after the soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.

August 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Braves OF Jason Heyward hit in jaw by pitch

NEW YORK (AP) - Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has been hit in the right jaw by a pitch and taken to a hospital for X-rays.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NSA collected thousands of US communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret U.S. court opinions Wednesday showing how it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism annually over three years, how it revealed the error to the court and changed how it gathered Internet communications.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dollywood to build resort, add shows and rides

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - To see the future of Dollywood, you need to borrow the vision of its chief imaginer, Dolly Parton.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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