KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.
HAVANA (AP) - Social media around the world have been flooded with rumors of Fidel Castro's death, but there was no sign Friday that the reports were true, even if the 88-year-old former Cuban leader has not been seen in public for months.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.
DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) - French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is bouncing back from a tough start to the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In command and ready for a fight, a defiant Republican-led Congress ignored two White House veto threats and advanced bills Thursday curbing President Barack Obama's cherished health care overhaul and forcing construction on a proposed oil pipeline. The top House Democrat predicted her party would uphold both of Obama's vetoes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs - 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election to a new term next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats have enough votes to sustain all three of the early vetoes President Barack Obama has threatened against priority bills in the new Republican-controlled Congress, party leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday as divided government headed for the first political showdown of a new year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The father of a 5-year-old girl pulled his daughter from the back seat of his car and then threw her off the approach to the Sunshine Skyway bridge into the bay about 60 feet below, police said Thursday.
PARIS (AP) - With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.
WASHINGTON (AP) - First-time homebuyers whose home loans are guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration would benefit from an Obama administration move to lower mortgage insurance premiums.
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is closing higher, ending a five-day losing streak, as investors cheered a slight upturn in the price of oil and hoped for more stimulus for Europe's struggling economy.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall was released from jail after posting bond.
YBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Tybee Island is set to hold its first gay and lesbian festival next month.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Lake Lanier, a main drinking water source and recreation area for metro Atlantans, has reached its winter full pool level.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to overhaul the nation's agriculture worker program to create a steady supply of labor for farmers and growers, who rely more than any other industry on workers who have come to the country illegally.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - They rode the streets of Memphis in creaky, dangerous garbage trucks, picking up trash from home after home, toiling for a sanitation department that treated them with indifference bordering on disdain. In 1968 those workers took to the streets, marching with civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to demand better working conditions, higher pay and union protection.
ATLANTA (AP) - Braves left-hander Jonny Venters will be shut down for a month after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sprained pitching elbow.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a toddler is recovering after shooting himself with a pistol.
MONROE, Ga. (AP) - A man who was shot five times during a burglary in Walton County has been sentenced to 20 years and is ordered to serve 10 of them in prison.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Schools across the nation should train selected staff members to carry weapons and should each have at least one armed security officer to make students safer and allow a quicker response to an attack, the director of a National Rifle Association-sponsored study said Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade Tuesday, capping a more than decade-long campaign to keep weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, insurgents, organized crime figures and human rights violators.
The Dow Jones industrial average touched another record high Tuesday following strong reports on auto sales and factory orders, the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jim Riches pulled his son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.
ATLANTA (AP) - The first of more than 30 defendants expected to surrender by Tuesday's deadline in Atlanta's school cheating scandal have turned themselves in to authorities.
NELSON, Ga. (AP) - Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - With an announcement of sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Connecticut lawmakers said they are hoping to send a message to Congress and other state legislators across the country: A bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible.