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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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Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

You might not want to rush into knee surgery. Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Thousands of Georgians without power after storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of Georgians were without power Tuesday morning after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jekyll Island inn to become Holiday Inn Resort

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Another major hotel chain could add its name to Jekyll Island's oceanfront.

March 19, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A 22-year-old west Georgia man has been sentenced in a DUI crash that killed two people in Douglas County.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has damaged or destroyed nearly 60 large rental cabins and is threatening additional homes.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman who lost downloading case says she can't pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court divided over Ariz. voter requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court justices disagreed Monday over whether states can require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Campaign against sex trafficking in Ga. kicks off

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia attorney general and other law enforcement officials kicked off a public awareness campaign Monday to target sex trafficking with the focus on those who pay for sex.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Accused shoplifter fatally shot by Ga. police

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Gwinnett County say an accused shoplifter has been fatally shot by police.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: Paternity suit against Jordan withdrawn

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawyer for a woman who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son has withdrawn her paternity suit, but left open the possibility that it could be refiled.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge lower, rebounding from Cyprus losses

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were little changed on Wall Street after recouping losses from an early sell-off caused by concern that a bailout plan for the Mediterranean island nation Cyprus would re-ignite the European debt crisis.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks fall Wall Street on Cyprus bailout

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks fell in early trading on Wall Street on concern that the terms of a proposed bank bailout for the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus could cause the euro crisis to flare up again.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court upholds sentence in girl's killing

ATLANTA (AP) - The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the convictions and life prison sentence given to the stepmother of an 11-year-old girl who prosecutors say was starved and beaten to death in Henry County in 2003.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. day care regulators changing some rules

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia day care regulators are changing some rules and adding others in an effort aimed at better protecting and educating children.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rise of Latino population blurs US racial lines

WASHINGTON (AP) - Welcome to the new off-white America.

March 18, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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