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Obama sends Congress request for military force against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers to "show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat."

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.

February 11, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Florida lawyer sparks debate about rights at DUI checkpoints

MIAMI (AP) - Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks gain as investors assess corporate news

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose Tuesday as investors assessed the latest corporate news.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


In captivity, hostage said 'even in prison, one can be free'

The family of Kayla Jean Mueller said Tuesday it had received confirmation that she died while being held by Islamic State militants. The Mueller family released a letter it said she had written last year. Here is the text, as provided by the family, which also redacted some portions:

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


White house asking authorization to fight IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House circulated a proposal Tuesday authorizing the Pentagon to fight Islamic State terrorists without an "enduring offensive combat" role, hoping to satisfy lawmakers with widely varying views on the need for U.S. ground operations.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts - ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.

February 10, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Water manager faces discipline for urinating in reservoir

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A water manager is facing discipline after he was caught urinating in an empty reservoir that supplies drinking water for the San Francisco Bay Area.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Drew Peterson charged with plotting to kill prosecutor

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance his fourth, has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in state prison, authorities announced Monday.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks head lower as concerns mount over China, Greece

NEW YORK (AP) - Concerns about the world economy helped tug U.S. stocks to slight losses on Monday. Major indexes followed European markets lower as worries mount over Greece's standoff with its creditors.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Foodie first lady says 'cheese dust is not food'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says she dropped boxed macaroni and cheese from her family's diet after her daughter couldn't turn a block of cheese into cheese powder.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stocks give up gains as dividend stocks sink

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks slipped Friday despite a report that showed robust growth in U.S. jobs and wages last month. The market is still on pace for the best week in several months.

February 06, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Bear sighting prompts school lockdowns in north GA

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Hall County school officials say a bear sighting has prompted lockdowns at three schools in northwest Georgia.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Injured Indiana hunter chooses to end life support

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Bowers loved the outdoors. Hunting gave him the quiet time during which he could reflect on a busy life that included a new wife, a successful business and a baby on the way.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court dubious in poisoning case that cites treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) - A love triangle that ended with a woman poisoning her pregnant rival spawned a debate over chemical weapons, international relations, federalism and chocolate at the Supreme Court Tuesday, with justices left trying to make sense of how a jealous wife ended up being prosecuted for violating an international chemical weapons treaty.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US home prices rise at slower pace in September

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are leveling off after big gains earlier this year.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawsuit targets Georgia's 'stand your ground' law

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta asks a judge to declare Georgia's "stand your ground" law unconstitutional.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Emory student reports rape at fraternity house

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are investigating after an Emory University student told police she was raped at a campus fraternity house by two fellow students.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Football player shot outside metro Atlanta school

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - A high school football player is recovering from a gunshot wound after being hit by gunfire during a fight involving other people on the campus.

November 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Limo firm hacked; politician, celeb data breached

An Internet security firm says a limousine software company has been hacked, exposing credit card numbers and potentially embarrassing details about close to 1 million customers, including politicians, star athletes and corporate executives.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gay rights bill heads for first hurdle in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate prepared to push major gay rights legislation past a first, big hurdle Monday as Democrats and a handful of Republicans united behind a bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DHS offering help with winter heating bills

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Human Services is offering residents help with winter heating bills.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Court: No gun license after felony no-contest plea

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower-court ruling denying a state gun carry license to a man who pleaded no contest to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon nearly 20 years ago.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


State, farmers face off in Vidalia onion battle

ATLANTA (AP) - Farmers are taking sides in a battle over the quality of Vidalia onions, the iconic brand grown in south Georgia that's known around the world.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia tops magazine ranking for business climate

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia has been selected by a national trade publication as the top state in the country to do business.

November 04, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Florida, Georgia vying to stay in SEC East hunt

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The winner remains in contention in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The loser heads home with a three-game losing streak.

November 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Reinstatement of abortion law closes Texas clinics

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - In a Texas abortion clinic, about a dozen women waited Friday to see the doctor, already aware that they would not be able to end their pregnancies there.

November 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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