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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

NEW YORK (AP) - Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," ''Mad Men," ''Survivor" and "Masters of Sex."

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq welcomes US aid to stranded civilians

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time.

August 08, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Major provisions of veterans health care bill

A bill approved by Congress aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administration and other senior VA executives.

August 07, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


eport: Russia to block US agricultural imports

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products from the United States.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - This week's news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

August 06, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

DORSET, Minn. (AP) - Robert "Bobby" Tufts may have lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of his tiny northern Minnesota tourist town, but the 5-year-old isn't taking it too hard.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nixon tapes released on resignation's anniversary

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.

August 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


35 killed; Israeli soldier feared taken

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

August 01, 2014 | IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tropical storm approaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Health law online sign-up delayed for small firms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Small businesses seeking to buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will have to wait a couple of months before they can complete the process online, administration officials said Thursday in the latest delay of the high-stakes rollout.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amber Tamblyn shakes up season 11 of CBS' 'Men'

NEW YORK (AP) - Amber Tamblyn plays Charlie Harper's previously unknown daughter, Jenny, on the 11th season of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," premiering Thursday night.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hip-hop extends support to famed DJ Mister Cee

ATLANTA (AP) - When DJ Mister Cee - one of hip-hop's pioneering DJs and a New York City radio personality - confessed in a tearful interview to having same-sex encounters with transvestite prostitutes, one of most vulnerable moments came when he worried if his admission might hurt him: "Am I still going to be looked at the same way?"

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 8 percent in August, Georgia labor officials said.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Average SAT scores flat in Georgia, nationwide

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's average score on this year's SAT college entrance exam was unchanged from last year, mirroring a national trend as scores were generally stagnant from the previous year.

September 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. soldier to face court-martial in wife's death

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An Army soldier accused of funding an anti-government militia group with more than $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife will face a court-martial on charges that he murdered her, Fort Stewart officials said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


USPS seeks increase in cost of stamps, to 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

Why are you so sad?" a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Cruz ends talkathon, Senate heads toward vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz ended his all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law after 21 hours and 19 minutes as the Senate pushed ahead to a test vote Wednesday on a bill to avert a government shutdown.

September 25, 2013 | ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

September 25, 2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. angler reels in relic from prehistoric past

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A giant fish captured in Lake Lanier is a reminder of the monster fish that lurk in the depths of Georgia's lakes.

September 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pay restored to suspended Ga. police chief

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Grantville city officials have voted to restore pay for a police chief who was suspended after visiting Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NY city's dead skunk depot stinks up neighborhood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Residents of a Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood plagued by skunk odors now know what caused the stink: Trapped critters that were shot and stored at a shuttered police station.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wild boars roam streets, scare people near Atlanta

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Some parents fear sending their children to a school bus stop in an Atlanta suburb, saying wild boars have been spotted roaming in a subdivision.

September 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arrests in Alabama dog fighting probe grow

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The number of people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation has grown to 13.

September 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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