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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


Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

June 16, 2014 | BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer | NATION/WORLD


Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic.

June 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama on Iraq security: 'We can't do it for them'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Iraq's government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won't succeed in curbing the insurgency there.

June 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


90-year-old ex-president to make parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush can no longer use his legs, but he isn't letting that stop him from keeping a vow he made five years ago: to jump from an aircraft on his 90th birthday, which is Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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


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Government has history of secrecy, spying, leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - It isn't the first time that the federal government has been caught spying on Americans or that classified government information has been leaked to the news media or otherwise widely distributed. The Vietnam War and civil-rights protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s generated plenty of surveillance and secrecy. And leaks.

June 14, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Plane from Nashville to Atlanta strikes pole

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Passengers on Delta flight 1066 from Nashville to Atlanta were removed from the plane after it struck a light pole while taxiing on the ramp.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prosecutors push for anti-phone theft measures

NEW YORK (AP) - Law enforcement officials nationwide are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, New York's top prosecutor said Thursday in a clear warning to the world's smartphone manufacturers.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge's ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues, including human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Severe storms could bring hail, high winds to Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are predicting severe storms for much of Georgia.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


US stock market wavers in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - A pair of better economic reports helped nudge the U.S. stock market up in early trading Thursday, even as global markets headed lower.

June 13, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Girl, 16, dies while 'car surfing' on vehicle hood

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Dawson County teenager has been killed while riding on the hood of a moving vehicle in a stunt known as "car surfing."

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

June 12, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Southern Baptists re-elect first black president

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of south Ga. sheriff ruled accidental

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) - State investigators have ruled the death of a south Georgia sheriff who was found in a pond behind his house was accidental.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal: Georgia needs to examine forfeiture laws

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia needs to examine changes to the state's civil forfeiture laws and called for more financial transparency.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Petition drive begins over funding of Ga. stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - A watchdog group says it's officially launched a petition drive to place a measure before Atlanta voters calling for the end of public financing for a new Falcons stadium.

June 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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