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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


Southern Calif. wildfire burns out of control

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California's Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: 2 Calif. boys planned shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ala. hunters snag 1K-pound alligator

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cost to raise child tops $245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawyer: Autopsy shows teen repeatedly shot

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


National Guard ordered to Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gov declares emergency in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago.

August 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Texas' Perry charged

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police: Teen shot by cop suspect in recent robbery

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Russia lets Ukraine inspect aid convoy

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stores have solid back-to-school start

NEW YORK (AP) - The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Williams' wife: Robin had Parkinson's

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama appeals for 'peace and calm' in Ferguson

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets of a St. Louis suburb besieged by violent clashes between police and crowds protesting the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Praise for 'small town boy' hit by Stewart's car

TURIN, N.Y. (AP) - Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends praised the dirt-track racer as a "small-town boy" who loved his sport during the funeral for the 20-year-old driver who was killed by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

August 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Who are Mitt Romney's 47 percent?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just which 47 percent of Americans was Mitt Romney talking about? It's hard to say. He lumped together three different ways of sorting people in what he's called less-than-elegant remarks.

September 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney responds to 'victims' comment

Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to help from the government that permeates their lives.

September 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio inmate says too obese for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."

September 17, 2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | NATION/WORLD


Older drivers face confusing license laws

Publishable Editors Notes: The latest installment in the joint AP-APME series examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami is having on society.

September 17, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


LSU evacuates following bomb threat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Thousands of students, professors and workers were evacuated from Louisiana State University's main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said.

The evacuation was prompted by a threat phoned into 911 about 10:32 a.m., university spokeswoman Kristine Calongne said. Calongne said the caller didn't direct the threat to any specific area of the campus.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1 year later, Occupy in disarray

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

September 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Why are stocks soaring in bad economy?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economic growth is pitiful. Unemployment has topped 8 percent for an exhausting 43 months. The nation is careering toward a so-called fiscal cliff, and maybe a recession.

September 14, 2012 | CHRISTINA REXRODE and DANIEL WAGNER, AP Business Writers | NATION/WORLD


Univ. of Texas evacuated after threats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas has issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus."

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks open higher day after Fed move

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street a day after the Federal Reserve promised more help for the economy.

September 14, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Whopping cough vaccine loses punch

NEW YORK (AP) - As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

September 13, 2012 | MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | NATION/WORLD


Brand new laptop infected from the get go

WASHINGTON (AP) - A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for another computer.

September 13, 2012 | RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Getting best airline deals more complex

NEW YORK (AP) - Some airlines are making travelers work harder to find a deal.

September 13, 2012 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | NATION/WORLD


Obama, Romney trade barbs over attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are trading tough words over the handling of foreign attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East, injecting foreign policy into a presidential campaign that has focused on a sour economy.

September 13, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple: iPhone 5 in stores Sept. 21

Apple on Wednesday revealed that the new iPhone 5 will be in stores in the U.S. and several other countries on Sept. 21.

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Libya attacks coordinated to mark 9/11?

The Obama administration, roiled by the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islam YouTube video

September 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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