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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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Showers and storms prompt flood watch in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Most of Georgia will be under a flood watch as forecasters predict that showers and storms will wash out many Fourth of July activities.

July 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Packing a picnic for this year's 4th? $6 per head

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - How much does it cost to pack a picnic this Fourth of July? That'll be $6 per person.

July 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


UGA Foundation allocates $3.3 million surplus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The University of Georgia Foundation says it will be offering an additional $3.3 million for scholarships, faculty support and other initiatives in the next fiscal year.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Expert: Soldier's wife died after violent struggle

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia medical examiner says a pregnant Fort Stewart soldier suffered blows to the head and struggled violently against handcuffs on her wrists before she died.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stock market falls after reports of Egypt turmoil

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market turned negative in early afternoon trading Tuesday on news reports of political turmoil in Egypt.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market rises on good economic reports

NEW YORK (AP) - Good news about car sales, home prices and manufacturing led the stock market higher in light trading Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. man accused of having sex with Ill. teenager

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Georgia man is being held on bond after police say he had sex with a teenage girl in a southwestern Illinois motel room.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Giant panda at Atlanta zoo expecting her 4th cub

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta zoo officials say one of the zoo's giant pandas is pregnant with her fourth cub.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman kills herself, same bullet wounds ranger

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Police say the same bullet that a woman used to kill herself accidentally struck and wounded a park ranger.

July 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flesh-eating disease victim receives service dog

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Set of 130 new laws implemented in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A set of 130 new laws have gone into effect in Georgia as the 2014 fiscal year begins.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barrow looks to install panic buttons at schools

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation to install panic buttons at schools to silently alert police to emergencies.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Dark day': Flags lowered for 19 dead firefighters

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - As the windblown blaze suddenly swept toward them, an elite crew of firefighting "hotshots" desperately rushed to break out their emergency shelters and take cover on the ground under the foil-lined fabric.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


iPhone sale leads to shootout at convenience store

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are investigating a shootout that began after a family set up a meeting to sell an iPhone 5 with someone they met through Facebook.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia child care ratings go public

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is unveiling its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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