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Flu vaccine not working well

NEW YORK - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press


In State of State Address, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal urges action on schools, roads

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal urged lawmakers Wednesday to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia, proposing new powers to take over struggling schools but refraining from making any recommendation on how to pay for maintenance of the state's transportation systems.

January 14, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

January 14, 2015 | By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press | Associated Press


Virginia lawmaker wins election amid sex scandal

RICHMOND, Va. - A state lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenage employee won it back during a special election Tuesday.

January 14, 2015 | By LARRY O'DELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

VALLEY, Ala. - An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense.

January 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


For Coke and Pepsi, smaller sodas could pay more

NEW YORK - Americans want to cut back on soda, and they're willing to pay more to do it.

January 13, 2015 | By CANDACE CHOI Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: An appetite for labeling genetically modified foods

WASHINGTON - A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.

January 13, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

WASHINGTON - Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

January 12, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Gov. Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recommitted to supporting criminal justice changes and alternatives to public schools on Monday as he was sworn in for a second term in office, and said his mission for the next four years is "building upon the foundation we have laid."

January 12, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid expansion?

Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.

January 12, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Hot cars at the annual Detroit auto show

DETROIT - The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Witness to Paris officer's death regrets video

PARIS - The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer's cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, saying he never expected it to be broadcast so widely.

January 11, 2015 | By RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

DETROIT - Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair.

January 11, 2015 | By TOM KRISHER Associated Press | Associated Press


George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

MIAMI - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

January 10, 2015 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press | Associated Press


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Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

March 03, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.

March 03, 2015 | By ARON HELLER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | By JAY REEVES and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press | Associated Press


Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.

March 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

March 02, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

WASHINGTON - Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

March 02, 2015 | By JULIE PACE and ARON HELLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday, as officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.

March 02, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Public paycheck? Likely climbing if you're connected to Deal

ATLANTA - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises for 2015 that will far exceed what most teachers and state workers can expect in coming year.

March 01, 2015 | From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Associated Press


GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON - Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

February 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press


Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

February 27, 2015 | By LYNN ELBER Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Associated Press


No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH - A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

February 25, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA - The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

February 25, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


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