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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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House ready to lower rates on student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of borrowing for college is about to drop.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Little restraint in military giveaways

MORVEN, Ga. (AP) - Small-town police departments across the country have been gobbling up tons of equipment discarded by a downsizing military - bicycles, bed sheets, bowling pins, French horns, dog collars, even a colonoscopy machine - regardless of whether the items are needed or will ever be used.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Breast-feeding rates up; 77 percent of moms try

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say breast-feeding rates continue to inch up: Now more than 3 in 4 mothers try to breast-feed their newborns.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Jewelers chase, fight with robbery suspects

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say two suspects got more than they bargained for during a robbery attempt at an Alpharetta jewelry store.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man accused of killing mother-in-law, then himself

BETHLEHEM, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia say a 33-year-old Bethlehem man is accused of killing his mother-in-law Monday afternoon, then shooting himself to death.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia firefighters form new bicycle unit

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - A group of Forsyth County firefighters will be riding on bikes instead of fire trucks on certain days.

July 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy - the most serious charge he faced - but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Newborn giant panda cubs gaining weight rapidly

ATLANTA (AP) - Twin newborn giant panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta are gaining weight rapidly, another encouraging sign in their development, their caretakers say.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Savannah eyes crackdown over stray grocery carts

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Abandoned grocery carts in some Savannah neighborhoods have become such a problem that city officials are warning grocery stores to take better care of them -- or pay up if they don't.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GA Attorney General sues over illegal payday loans

ATLANTA (AP) - State Attorney General Sam Olens has filed a lawsuit against two companies saying they've been using the Internet to provide illegal payday loans to Georgia consumers.

July 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ex-Ga. bus driver sentenced on child porn charges

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Attorney's officials say a metro Atlanta school bus driver has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lung cancer screening only for some smokers, ages

An influential group of government advisers has endorsed lung cancer screening for the first time - but not for everybody. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing annual CT scans, a type of X-ray, for certain current and former smokers.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Pope Francis says he won't judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) - Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps and others in a three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 American cities, the FBI said Monday. The victims, almost all girls, range in age from 13 to 17.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was attempting to rob the restaurant.

July 29, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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