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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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Set of 130 new laws implemented in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - A set of 130 new laws have gone into effect in Georgia as the 2014 fiscal year begins.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Barrow looks to install panic buttons at schools

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation to install panic buttons at schools to silently alert police to emergencies.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Dark day': Flags lowered for 19 dead firefighters

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - As the windblown blaze suddenly swept toward them, an elite crew of firefighting "hotshots" desperately rushed to break out their emergency shelters and take cover on the ground under the foil-lined fabric.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


iPhone sale leads to shootout at convenience store

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Police south of Atlanta are investigating a shootout that began after a family set up a meeting to sell an iPhone 5 with someone they met through Facebook.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia child care ratings go public

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is unveiling its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Arizona wildfire kills 19 members of elite crew

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.

July 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sears, Penney sever ties with Paula Deen

NEW YORK (AP) - The exodus continues.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


6 charged in cockfighting arrests near Athens

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested six people in a raid on what authorities say was a cockfighting arena operating in someone's backyard near Athens.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Sears Holdings severs ties with Paula Deen

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen just lost another business partner.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Carter: World religions perpetuate women's plight

ATLANTA (AP) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks flip between small gains and losses

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are flipping from gains to losses Friday on mixed economic news.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. group awarded federal grant to help veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that nearly $239,000 in grant funding has been allocated to an Atlanta nonprofit to help veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services.

June 28, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate passes immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed historic immigration legislation offering the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High school seniors fare no better than in 1970s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than students did four decades ago, the government said in a report Thursday that was certain to renew concerns about U.S. schools.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators: Student loan interest rates to double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interest rates on new student loans are going to double because the Senate does not plan a vote before Monday's deadline.

June 27, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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