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American held in Syria freed after 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Invasive insect threatens Fla. citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

August 25, 2014 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pentagon cites Chinese jet intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

August 22, 2014 | ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obama's vacation in line with average

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is criticized whenever he goes on vacation but travel industry data show he's taken about as much vacation this year as most Americans do.

August 22, 2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama offers new accommodations on birth control

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

August 22, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ice challenge may change nonprofits

NEW YORK (AP) - The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.

August 22, 2014 | ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US workers with Ebola out of hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US existing home sales rise again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.

August 21, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | NATION/WORLD


Emmys: Billy Crystal to tribute Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Military mulling more troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


American killed in Syria aware of risks

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US changing no-fly list rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it plans to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


As protests rage, Obama struggles to find role

WASHINGTON (AP) - When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. superintendent candidates debate

ATLANTA (AP) - The candidates vying to lead Georgia's K-12 education agency split on a set of national academic standards being implemented in the state and tried to appeal to teachers during their first debate of the general election on Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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High court gay marriage decisions due today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is meeting to deliver opinions in two cases that could dramatically alter the rights of gay people across the United States.

June 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Is Paula Deen toast in N-word controversy?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. woman, son charged in prison contraband scheme

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say charges have been filed against a north Georgia woman and her teenage son who are accused of trying to provide prison inmates with cellphones.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State: Georgia students make gains on CRCT tests

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say students in Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved on most of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests -- or CRCTs -- taken this year.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks rise on higher home prices, durable goods

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose in early trading Tuesday, pushed higher by a trifecta of encouraging economic reports.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AP Survey: Bernanke comments surprised investors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stock and bond prices are sinking because investors were caught off guard and alarmed by the Federal Reserve's signal that long-term interest rates are headed higher.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nearly $1 million in watches taken in store heist

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police are searching for at least five men who made off with nearly a $1 million in watches after smashing a jewelry store case.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


94 in Alaska? Weather extremes tied to jet stream

WASHINGTON (AP) - The jet stream, the river of air high above Earth that generally dictates the weather, usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High court voids part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.

June 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rights case ruling favors Colo. transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado civil rights panel has ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs school district likely discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl when it prevented her from using the girls' bathroom at her elementary school.

June 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Smithfield drops Paula Deen as spokeswoman

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen lost another part of her empire on Monday: Smithfield Foods said it was dropping her as a spokeswoman.

June 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court makes it harder to sue businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions.

June 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Paula Deen re-scheduled for 'Today' on Wednesday

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen will appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer.

June 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


China slump, higher bond yields weigh on markets

More signs of distress in China's economy and rising U.S. bond yields caused a big drop in U.S. stocks on Monday.

June 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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