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Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students - especially poor and minority ones - by saddling them with bad teachers.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


update on shooting

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A gunman shot and killed a student Tuesday at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon shortly after classes started and was found dead himself as police arrived, authorities said.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman kills student in school shooting

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Social Security judges defended their work Tuesday amid accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

June 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash lacked sleep

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering a crash in New Jersey that critically injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian had not slept for more than 24 hours, a criminal complaint said.

June 09, 2014 | DAVID PORTER, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Student pepper-sprayed tackled gunman

SEATTLE (AP) - The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance.

June 06, 2014 | GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press PHUONG LE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Coke ad: it takes 23 min. to burn off

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.

June 06, 2014 | CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | NATION/WORLD


Senators reach deal on VA health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior senators have reached agreement for a bipartisan bill expanding veterans' ability to get government-paid medical care outside Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


APNewsBreak: VA health care nominee withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.

June 05, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Dempsey: Army may still pursue desertion charges

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion or other charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in a prisoner exchange last weekend, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


VA head resigns amid uproar

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

NEW YORK (AP) - Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'The Weed Fairy' visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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US stocks head for first weekly loss in July

NEW YORK (AP) - Weak earnings from several U.S. companies helped drag the stock market lower Friday, putting major indexes on course for their first weekly loss this month.

July 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl catches baby dropped from burning apartment

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - As fire engulfed their apartment building, a 10-year-old Georgia girl stood beneath a second-story window and caught a newborn dropped to safety by its desperate mother.

July 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Tests show fox that bit 2 women was rabid

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they've confirmed that a fox that bit two people this week in Forsyth County was infected with rabies.

July 26, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Report: Teen HPV vaccination rate still lagging

ATLANTA (AP) - Disappointed health officials say only about half of teenage girls have gotten a controversial vaccine against cervical cancer - a rate that's changed little in three years.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks are mixed in early trading on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are mixed on Wall Street in early trading Thursday after several companies reported disappointing results.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Kate applauded for not hiding new mommy tummy

NEW YORK (AP) - As Kate and William showed off the royal baby, what caught the eye of many women was not the new heir to the throne but the Duchess of Cambridge's post-childbirth silhouette: that little bump under her pretty polka-dot dress.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Justice Dept to challenge states on voting rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voter protections, a response to the Supreme Court ruling that he said dealt a major setback to the Voting Rights Act.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Furniture company sticking with Paula Deen

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina-based home furnishings company that markets Paula Deen's furniture line is sticking with the embattled celebrity chef.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Braves RHP Hudson to have surgery on broken ankle

NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves without one of their top pitchers.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Police apprehend suspects after teen killed

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police have apprehended two suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down during an armed robbery and attempted carjacking outside Atlanta.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman killed while walking near power lines

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in north Georgia are investigating the death of a woman who was apparently electrocuted by downed power lines after a storm.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 8.9 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 8.9 percent.

July 25, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Falcons, CB Desmond Trufant agree on contract

ATLANTA (AP) - Rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant has signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons and was the first player to report for the start of training camp.

July 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Changes eyed in door-to-door mail delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans for generations have come to depend on door-to-door mail delivery. It's about as American as apple pie.

July 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Caterpillar tugs Dow lower; Apple jumps

NEW YORK (AP) - A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment company, tugged the stock market lower in afternoon trading Wednesday.

July 24, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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