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Idina Menzel, John Legend to sing before Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - "Frozen" star Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona lawmakers wasted no time in pushing through their first priority of the 2015 legislative session, but the measure had nothing to do with the state's growing deficit and giant K-12 education shortfall.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Duke cancels plan for Muslim call to prayer from tower

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke University has canceled its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Belgium police kill 2 in anti-terror raid during shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian security forces killed two terror suspects with links to Syria in a fierce shootout in the eastern city of Verviers on Thursday and arrested another, foiling a major and imminent attack against police buildings, authorities said.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

NEW YORK (AP) - As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Weak bank results weigh on stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Disappointing results from Bank of America, Citigroup and other companies nudged the stock market lower Thursday. Target rose after the retailer announced plans to close down its stores in Canada.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kerry says he's going to France to give 'a big hug to Paris'

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not traveling to France later Thursday to apologize for the Obama administration's failure to send a senior official to last weekend's unity march, but rather to give "a big hug to Paris" in the wake of terrorist attacks that have left the city on edge.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Covington filmed 'Selma' up for Oscar

Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while "Boyhood" remained the widely acknowledged front-runner.

January 15, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove the stock market lower for a fourth day in a row. Investors fled to the perceived safety of government bonds, sending yields plunging.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to renew push for paid leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for working parents.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Stocks rise on Fed stimulus hopes, home sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are moving higher Wednesday morning after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it was too soon for the central bank to pull back on its massive economic stimulus programs.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


IRS official Lerner: 'I did nothing wrong'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her constitutional right to refuse to answer lawmakers' questions.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI: Man fatally shot in Boston bombing probe

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A man being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case was shot to death at his home by an FBI agent Wednesday after turning violent, officials said.

May 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal weighs in on atheist materials being donated

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he believes in the right of atheist groups to donate literature for use in cabins and lodges in Georgia's state parks just as Bibles are allowed.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists prepare to send help to Oklahoma

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's disaster relief organization are making plans at their suburban Atlanta offices to send help to the Oklahoma City area after Monday's tornado.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bank worker accused of theft, fiscal exploitation

TLANTA (AP) - Police say Wells Fargo personal banker is accused of stealing about $10,600 from an elderly customer's account.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arias tells jury what she'll do if allowed to live

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias asked jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, arguing she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in an interview after she was convicted of murder that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former IRS chief: Can't say how targeting happened

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. police increase enforcement patrols for summer

ATLANTA (AP) - Police in Georgia are rolling out increased enforcement patrols as part of their summer safety campaign.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tea party groups plan IRS protest in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party groups are planning a protest at the Georgia Capitol over the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

May 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Athens businessman becomes Republican chairman

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The new chairman of the Georgia Republican Party says the party won't twiddle its thumbs under his leadership.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jekyll breaking ground on overdue convention hotel

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Developers are set to start construction on a new convention hotel for Jekyll Island after long delays that largely resulted from difficulties getting a bank loan for the $41 million project.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fog blankets much of Georgia in wake of storms

ATLANTA (AP) - Fog blanketed much of Georgia in the wake of storms that washed out roads in the northeast part of the state and led to rising streams and rivers.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta council considers 20-story Ferris wheel

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta City Council is expected to consider a request to construct a Ferris wheel once used in Paris that would soar 20 stories over downtown Atlanta.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US gas prices up 11 cents over past 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks.

May 20, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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