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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


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


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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia will soon unveil its voluntary three-star child care rating system, which offers financial incentives for providers who participate.

June 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Prayers before SC woman killed family

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hours before she killed her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother and tried to frame it on one of the slain children, Susan Hendricks gathered her family together to pray. She said she was worried about her older son, Matthew, because he seemed so down after several people forgot his birthday the day before.

June 03, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Zumba instructor gets 10 months for prostitution

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close Friday when a Zumba fitness instructor was sentenced to 10 months in jail after telling the judge she was happy to have escaped her former life of crime.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Trustees: Medicare trust fund exhausted in 2026

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge lower after Americans cut spending

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Friday after the government reported that Americans cut back on spending last month for the first time in almost a year.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Death of Georgia waitress investigated as homicide

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a 38-year-old waitress as a homicide after her body was found on the side of a road in northeast Georgia.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers to get larger spaces in new parking deck

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials building a new parking deck at the Georgia Capitol are designing special parking spaces for lawmakers to give them more room for their vehicles.

May 31, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Second arrest made in attack on Ga. pet pig

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in southeastern Georgia say a second man has been arrested in an attack that left a pet pig with 23 stab wounds.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Boston bombing suspects is walking, mother says

AKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) - The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother told The Associated Press on Thursday.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Effort seeks to halt public money for Ga. stadium

ATLANTA (AP) - The debate over whether public financing should be used to help fund a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons was revived Thursday with a state watchdog group announcing an effort to place a ballot measure before city voters calling for a stop to public funds being used.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Poll: 2 in 5 women would consider solo parenthood

As Christy Everson was nearing age 40, she made a decision: She wanted to have a child, even though she was single and it meant doing it all alone. Her daughter, conceived via a sperm donor, is now 2 1/2 years old, and Everson hopes to have a second child.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Secret Service: Letter to White House intercepted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service said Thursday that a suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama and similar to ricin-laced ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Interim dean named for UGA college of business

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia President-elect Jere Morehead has announced a former UGA president has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the Terry College of Business.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Stocks edge higher; utilities lead gains

NEW YORK (AP) - Utilities stocks led an early advance on Wall Street Thursday after Berkshire Hathaway's MidAmerican Energy agreed to buy NV Energy, a Nevada-based electric and natural gas company, for $5.6 billion.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Motorists complain about removal of Ga. 400 tolls

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) - Some metro Atlanta commuters are upset that tolls on Georgia Highway 400 are going away Nov. 20.

May 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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