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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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Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

January 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Airfares continue to rise

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Ohio killer executed with new lethal drug combo

UCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate appeared to gasp several times and took more than 15 minutes to die Thursday as he was executed with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscars with 10 nods each

The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with "Gravity," ''American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" all receiving a heap of nominations.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Mass. monks brewing beer like European brothers

SPENCER, Mass. (AP) - For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries - six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria - produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

January 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

January 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Confederate street law questioned

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Steeped in Civil War history, the northern Virginia city of Alexandria is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Witness: shooter was a student

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A witness says the gunman in a school shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Roswell was a student.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


$75 million in claims filed after weather

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say Georgians filed claims for an estimated $75 million in insured losses after temperatures in the region dropped well below freezing.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman offers beer, smokes as lost dog reward

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog - and it worked.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Proposed spy phone record shift draws resistance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They're worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

January 14, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Energy stocks lead a decline on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market had its biggest drop in two months on Monday, led by a decline in energy stocks as the price of crude oil slumped. The retreat continued a weak start to the year on the U.S. stock market.

January 13, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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