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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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Ga. man shot after mother's funeral, hospitalized

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Sumter County say a man is in stable condition after being shot in the chest during his mother's funeral.

October 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Atlanta zoo reveals possible names for panda cubs

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's zoo on Thursday revealed five sets of possible names for the twin giant panda cubs born there in July, and it is giving the public a chance to have a say by voting online.

October 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Red October' novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

NEW YORK (AP) - In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman.

October 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boaters to be fined for late registration renewal

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say boaters will face fines later this month if they fail to renew their boat decals on time.

October 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Speed limit to increase on part of Atlanta freeway

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say the speed limit on part of Interstate 285, the freeway that forms a perimeter around Atlanta, will be increased soon.

October 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Women protesting Obama report attack on overpass

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police near Atlanta are investigating an attack on a group of women as they protested on an interstate overpass and carried signs calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment.

October 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government.

October 02, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Shutdown to have limited impact on GA labor office

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say the government shutdown will have a limited impact on consumer services.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Utilities, solar companies in fight over rates

ATLANTA (AP) - Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Strap on your computer, wearable tech taking off

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state - blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Effects of the government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Some anxious, irritated as gov't shuts

NEW YORK (AP) - The partial government shutdown that began Tuesday left many federal workers uncertain of their financial future, with many facing unpaid furloughs or delays in paychecks.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge higher as government shutdown begins

NEW YORK (AP) - Investors stayed calm on the first day of a partial government shutdown Tuesday.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


First day of Obamacare has glitches

CHICAGO (AP) - Online insurance marketplaces at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul struggled to handle the volume of consumers on Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open enrollment period.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Fla. asks US Supreme Court to stop Ga. water use

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is suing the state of Georgia over its consumption of fresh water in a river system that serves three Southeastern states.

October 01, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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