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US sending military advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He called on Iraqi leaders to govern with a more "inclusive agenda" to ensure the country does not descend into civil war.

June 19, 2014 | LARA JAKES, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Turmoil in Iraq ups US gas prices

Violence in Iraq is helping to make gasoline in the U.S. more expensive, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.

June 19, 2014 | JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | NATION/WORLD


Some irked by town's 'redneck' theme for parade

SALEM, N.Y. (AP) - You might be a redneck if you don't object to a rural upstate New York town's theme for its annual Fourth of July parade.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices

olence in Iraq is pushing U.S. gasoline prices higher, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July Fourth.

June 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


How the Supreme Court handles death cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court decisions to allow inmates to be put to death or to grant a rare reprieve often come at the last minute, and sometimes after the appointed hour of execution has come and gone.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


AMAZON LIVE: New 4.7-inch Fire Phone

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled a new smartphone called Fire Phone.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


1st US executions since botched lethal injection

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Benghazi suspect in US custody

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in U.S. custody, marking the first U.S. apprehension of an alleged perpetrator in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

June 17, 2014 | JULIE PACE, Associated Press LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Blind man hears, feels his way to mechanic degree

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A blind New Mexico man who recently earned an auto mechanics degree is looking for a job.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA prepping plan to reduce salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

June 17, 2014 | MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.

June 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. In a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's unique tumor gene profile.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Supreme Court rules on 'straw purchaser' law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SCOTUS: Illegal to buy gun for another

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

June 16, 2014 | BY SAM HANANEL | NATION/WORLD


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Lawmakers to review tough death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state lawmakers held a hearing to gather input from the public on whether changes should be made to a law that requires death penalty defendants to prove beyond a doubt they are intellectually disabled to be spared execution on those grounds.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 shot at Nat'l Guard armory; shooter in custody

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being taken into custody.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prescription drug disposal event set for Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians wishing to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs are asked to visit one of more than 90 collection points during National Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New 'Duck Dynasty' scarecrow appears in Ga. town

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - A new scarecrow of Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty" has appeared in the small north Georgia town of Ball Ground. But how it got there -- and who created it -- is a mystery.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


High numbers of bears killed by cars in Ga. county

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say motorists are reporting more collisions with bears on roads and highways just north of Atlanta.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA can't find cause of pet poison, seeks help

LOS ANGELES (AP) - All that's left of Doodles are his ashes, a clay impression of his paw and a whole lot of questions owner Patricia Cassidy has about his mysterious death.

October 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Twin giant panda cubs in Atlanta are named

ATLANTA (AP) - The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.

October 23, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FDA reviews 2 promising new drugs for hepatitis C

WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors may soon have two new drug options for patients with hepatitis C, just as the liver-destroying virus becomes a major public health concern for millions of baby boomers.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Flavored small cigars are popular with kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Small cigars flavored to taste like candy or fruit are popular among teens, according to the first government study to gauge their use.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Nuke officers left blast door open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Air Force officials tell The Associated Press that twice this year, officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door. That door is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering the officers' underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Group acquires R.E.M. steeple, hopes to save it

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Commuters heading into downtown Athens Monday possibly noticed some demolition at the R.E.M. steeple, the famed location of the band's early practice and living space.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia State Fair moves from Macon to speedway

MACON, Ga. (AP) - After more than 160 years in Macon, the Georgia State Fair has moved to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Runner in KC Marathon sets knitting record

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

October 22, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$1,000 reward in 'Duck Dynasty' scarecrow heist

BALL GROUND, Ga. (AP) - Police in the north Georgia town of Ball Ground are offering $1,000 reward for the arrest of whoever stole a scarecrow portraying Uncle Si Robertson from TV's "Duck Dynasty."

October 21, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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