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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


House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican U.S. House voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ga. squirrel hunting season to open this week

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say squirrel hunting season will begin this week.

August 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sinkhole causes resort villa to partially collapse

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - As glass broke, the ground shook and lights went out, vacationers evacuated a central Florida resort building before a sinkhole caused a section of the villa to partially collapse early Monday.

August 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. sales tax holiday expected to spur shopping

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's sales tax holiday is expected to bring more shoppers to stores this weekend.

August 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to sign student loan bill Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a bill Friday to lower the costs of borrowing for millions of students.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Exotic animals removed from Canada pet shop

TORONTO (AP) - The manager of a Canadian zoo says officials are preparing to remove more than a dozen animals from an exotic pet store beneath the apartment where two boys were asphyxiated by a python while they slept.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


North Georgia under flash flood watch

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say all of north Georgia will be under a flash flood watch through late Thursday night as heavy rains are again possible in the region.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors; bans increase

ATLANTA (AP) - First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors.

August 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man finds maggots on sandwich at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) - Restaurant executives say they've switched vendors after a customer found a cluster of maggots on his sandwich at Atlanta's airport.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Alabama AG joins brief in support of prayer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined attorneys general from 22 other states in filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State prepares for removal of Ga. 400 toll booths

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say they plan to quit collecting tolls on Georgia 400 in late November and begin dismantling the giant toll plaza in January.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

August 07, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. schools superintendent may run for governor

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he's considering challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's Republican primary.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home prices vault nearly 12 percent in June

U.S. home prices surged 11.9 percent in June from a year earlier, reflecting stronger demand amid a tight supply of homes for sale.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


3 killed in Pa. shooting linked to feud with town

A man feuding with township officials in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting - including at least one town official - in a rampage that blew holes through the walls and sent people crawling for cover, authorities said.

August 06, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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