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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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Isolated storms could bring hail, tornadoes to Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say isolated storms are expected across much of Georgia late Thursday into Friday morning.

April 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ga. woman arrested at Fla. beachside condo

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Georgia woman who was recently featured on 'America's Most Wanted' was arrested at her boyfriend's condominium in a beachside Florida community.

April 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Investigation after 2 children die in NC collapse

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - It was common knowledge around a rural North Carolina neighborhood that Jordan Arwood was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property. Some said it was for a bunker and warned their children to stay out of it.

April 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


JC Penney looks to old CEO to secure its future

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is hoping its former CEO can revive the retailer after a risky turnaround strategy backfired and led to massive losses and steep sales declines.

April 09, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon in a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge higher ahead of earnings season

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged higher Monday, erasing an early loss, as major U.S. companies prepared to start reporting first-quarter results.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man must help sea turtle center after eggs stolen

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to taking 156 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from a Georgia island has been sentenced to six months in prison.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

LONDON (AP) - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Crews find bodies of 2 NC children trapped in dirt

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities on Monday recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


The 5 best Masters tournaments

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The youngest of the four majors has among the richest history, a product of the Masters returning to the same course every year.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Muscogee County school system considers security

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - One of Georgia's largest school systems is set to discuss a security plan that includes equipping schools with panic buttons.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man plunges from 10th story of Atlanta condo tower

ATLANTA (AP) - Police are investigating how a man plunged from a 10th-floor balcony of a high-rise building in Atlanta.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


No one more surprised than Luke Bryan by ACMs win

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Luke Bryan heard his name called at the end of the Academy of Country Music Awards, accepted the entertainer of the year trophy and then things became a blur.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senators work on deal expanding background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.

April 08, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Burglar steals $6,000 worth of hair from Ga. shop

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Richmond County sheriff's officials say a burglar targeted a beauty shop and made off with more than $6,000 worth of hair and $150 in cash.

April 05, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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