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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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Breast-feeding rates up; 77 percent of moms try

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say breast-feeding rates continue to inch up: Now more than 3 in 4 mothers try to breast-feed their newborns.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jewelers chase, fight with robbery suspects

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say two suspects got more than they bargained for during a robbery attempt at an Alpharetta jewelry store.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man accused of killing mother-in-law, then himself

BETHLEHEM, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia say a 33-year-old Bethlehem man is accused of killing his mother-in-law Monday afternoon, then shooting himself to death.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia firefighters form new bicycle unit

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A group of Forsyth County firefighters will be riding on bikes instead of fire trucks on certain days.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy - the most serious charge he faced - but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newborn giant panda cubs gaining weight rapidly

ATLANTA (AP) - Twin newborn giant panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta are gaining weight rapidly, another encouraging sign in their development, their caretakers say.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Savannah eyes crackdown over stray grocery carts

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Abandoned grocery carts in some Savannah neighborhoods have become such a problem that city officials are warning grocery stores to take better care of them -- or pay up if they don't.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GA Attorney General sues over illegal payday loans

ATLANTA (AP) - State Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a lawsuit against two companies saying they've been using the Internet to provide illegal payday loans to Georgia consumers.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-Ga. bus driver sentenced on child porn charges

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Attorney's officials say a metro Atlanta school bus driver has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lung cancer screening only for some smokers, ages

An influential group of government advisers has endorsed lung cancer screening for the first time - but not for everybody. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing annual CT scans, a type of X-ray, for certain current and former smokers.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope Francis says he won't judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 American cities, the FBI said Monday. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was attempting to rob the restaurant.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Off-duty officer killed in bike, pedestrian wreck

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Wrens police officer was one of two people killed in a motorcycle accident in the east Georgia town of Hephzibah.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia player uses football to spread God's word

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Preaching the word of God and playing football have been a part of Ray Drew's life for as long as he can remember.

July 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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