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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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US adds 236K jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

March 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Online fishing guides provide tips to Ga. anglers

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has introduced a new website to help anglers take the guesswork out of finding a place to go fishing.

March 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Chattahoochee whitewater course to open in May

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - After more than a decade of planning and construction, a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River will soon open.

March 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. Senate OKs scholarship tax credit changes

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved changes to a tax credit program that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate panel casts year's first votes on gun curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) - In Congress' first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., nightmare, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that a deep partisan divide remained over gun curbs.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bin Laden spokesman caught in Jordan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by the United States, officials said Thursday, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al-Qaida.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate approves new rules for nurse discipline

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a proposal that would require nurses to report alleged professional violations by their colleagues.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks gain for fifth day on unemployment report

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow pushed further into unchartered territory Thursday, having surpassed its previous all-time high two days ago. The catalyst was a government report on employment that gave succor to stock market bulls.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama backs down

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA on Thursday, stating there are limits to a president's ability to order drone strikes on U.S. soil against suspected terrorists who are American citizens.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. lawmakers face deadline to pass legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The clock is ticking for Georgia state lawmakers seeking to pass legislation this year.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia jobless rate holds steady at 8.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.7 percent held steady in January, unchanged from the December rate.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lion kills intern at Calif. Exotic animal park

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old woman, who had been on the job as an intern there for just a few weeks.

March 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arkansas adopts US's most restrictive abortion law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers overrode a veto Wednesday and gave the state the most restrictive abortion law in the country - a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy onward that is certain to end up in court.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. lawmakers debate easing gun carrying rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers will debate rules Thursday that could allow more mentally ill people to carry firearms, though hasty changes may blunt some of the impact.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks edge up following Dow's record day

NEW YORK (AP) - After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher on Wednesday.

March 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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