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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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90 cats rescued from smuggling near Thai border

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai police say they have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed had been headed to Vietnam. They declined to say what fate they had rescued the felines from, but cats are considered a delicacy in their intended destination.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano resigning

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system.

July 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Paula Deen dumps legal team after admitting slurs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen is replacing her lead legal team weeks after admitting she had used racial slurs in the past, a revelation that prompted several of her lucrative business deals to collapse.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Regulators OK solar expansion for Georgia Power

ATLANTA (AP) - Utility regulators will require that Georgia Power add more solar energy to its system.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. man convicted of whipping boy gets 5 years

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Cobb County judge has sentenced an Austell man convicted of whipping a child's genitals to serve five years in prison.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Singer Randy Travis recovering from brain surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GA students struggle in algebra, improve elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia students earned higher scores on many end-of-course exams this year than in 2012, but more than 60 percent failed to meet state standards in algebra, according to results released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out.

July 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta zoo on giant panda birth watch

TLANTA (AP) - Officials at Atlanta's zoo are on giant panda birth watch.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. regulators accept meals, golf from industry

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's top insurance regulator and two senior staffers accepted $100-per-head meals and, in one case, a round of golf last month funded by the industry they oversee, according to recent financial disclosures.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


DeKalb man indicted in crash that killed daughter

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A DeKalb County man has been indicted in the 2012 crash that killed his teenage daughter and critically injured his 11-year-old daughter.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Rockdale woman's fraud trial rescheduled

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville, Miss., has been rescheduled for Oct. 7 in Oxford.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Testing sensors as safety net for seniors at home

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Calloway Gardens takes action to cut costs

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - After selling more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is now taking action to cut costs.

July 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gov. Deal draws GOP primary challenger

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal drew a primary challenger on Tuesday for the 2014 governor's race.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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