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Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

July 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ventura: Mixed emotions about defamation suit win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

NEW YORK (AP) - What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate confirms McDonald for VA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Take off your clothes to make it in TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas rockets end 12-hour truce

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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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


City tries humor to stop smoking in park

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: "''Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs."

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Georgia court rules 23 law clerks due $4.3 million

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that 23 State and Superior court law clerks are due a total of at least $4.3 million.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


A break for smokers? Glitch may limit penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Barack Obama's health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks head higher for fourth day

NEW YORK (AP) - Industrial and raw material companies powered the stock market higher Tuesday for a fourth straight day of gains.

July 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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