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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


White House says moving on from Clinton critique

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama "is looking onwards and upwards" in his relationship with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after a public split on foreign policy.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama weighing options for Iraqi refugees

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a decision in days, the White House said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) - Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

WASHINGTON (AP) - The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.

August 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama, Clinton to attend Martha's Vineyard party

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama will spend a bit of his summer vacation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a get-together that comes amid signs that the former secretary of state is seeking to distance herself from Obama's foreign policy ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government is warning that they have until Sept. 5 to show that they're eligible.

August 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Iraq crisis deepens; US directly arms Kurds

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's president snubbed incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and picked another politician to form the next government Monday, setting up a fierce political power struggle even as the country battles extremists in the north and west.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has so far been limited to automatic rifles and ammunition.

August 11, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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Ga. Senate passes weak cap on lobbyist gifts

New state Senate rules adopted Monday set some weak limits on what lobbyists can give lawmakers, but those restrictions include big loopholes.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate panel fast-tracks hospital tax over protest

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal and Senate leaders have fast-tracked a proposal to shore up the state Medicaid program without requiring lawmakers to vote on a direct tax.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Schumer to back Hagel for Pentagon's top job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel secured the backing of two of the staunchest pro-Israel Senate Democrats in a clear boost to the Republican's prospects of becoming President Barack Obama's next defense secretary.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge higher as retailers rally

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged higher on Wall Street after a rally in retail stocks offset concerns about flaring tensions in Washington over increasing the country's borrowing limit.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Facebook unveils social search feature

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature on Tuesday in the company's first staged event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters since its May initial public offering.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Wal-Mart to hire vets, buy American

NEW YORK (AP) - Why wait on Washington to fix the economy when there's Wal-Mart?

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama weighing executive action on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone, congressional officials said. But the scope of such measures is limited.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge lower; Apple extends decline

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks opened lower on Wall Street as concerns about the government's finances intensified, offsetting a report that retail sales rose in December.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Zaxby's warns customers of potential fraud

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gingrich: GOP unwise to pick fight on debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says House Republicans are making a mistake by using the issue of increasing the borrowing limit to challenge President Barack Obama on spending issues.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What's Facebook's secret? Company tells all today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook's mystery "press event" on Tuesday could reveal a more robust search feature that would intensify the competition between the social networking giant and its rival Google Inc.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

January 15, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bitter cold grips Calif., some citrus damaged

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - As an unusual cold gripped the West Coast for the fifth day, some California citrus growers began to see damage on Monday while strong winds added to the misery of bundled-up city residents.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gov. Deal pitches Medicaid money fix

ATLANTA (AP) - A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hitting the debt limit: What bills would be paid?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reiterating a threat he first issued in the summer of 2011, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks and veterans won't get timely benefits if Congress fails to increase the government's borrowing authority.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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