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States raising taxes, fees and debt to pay for road repairs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren't waiting around.

August 17, 2015 | By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Associated Press

Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

August 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press

Oceanic junk

NEW DELHI - For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly in the Indian Ocean surf, until finally being spit out onto the sand. In Bangladesh, fishermen are haunted by floating corpses that the Bay of Bengal sometimes puts in their path.

August 14, 2015 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Kerry calls for democracy as US flag is raised in Cuba

HAVANA - Jubilant crowds waved American flags and chanted "Long live the United States!" as the Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Cuba on Friday after a half-century of often-hostile relations. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the day but also made an extraordinary, nationally broadcast call for democratic change on the island.

August 14, 2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press

National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

SILVERTON, Colorado - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, experts said Thursday.

August 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press

Despite order, office refuses to issue gay marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A gay couple marched into the county clerk's office Thursday, carrying a federal judge's order that said the clerk can't deny them a marriage license based on her deeply held Christian beliefs.

August 13, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press

Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

RALEIGH, N.C. - Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.

August 11, 2015 | By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press | Associated Press

A century after lynching, town still wrestles over history

MARIETTA, Ga. - Down past the Big Chicken, the 56-foot-high, steel-beaked beacon of extra crispy that may be this town's most prized landmark, the wedge of dirt hard by Interstate 75 is notable only for its lack of notability. Stopping here, Rabbi Steven Lebow leaves the engine running and car door open.

August 11, 2015 | By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer | Associated Press

Top EPA official takes responsibility for mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Townspeople affected by the millions of gallons of waste spilled from an abandoned gold mine and now flowing through their communities demanded clarity Tuesday about any long-term threats to their water supply.

August 11, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Republicans push for national constitutional convention

AUSTIN, Texas - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.

August 10, 2015 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Associated Press

Residents demand health answers as mine spill fouls rivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.

August 10, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Air controller study shows chronic fatigue

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years.

August 10, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | Associated Press

Holmes gets life term after jury fails to agree on execution

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury failed to agree Friday on whether he should get the death penalty for his murderous attack on a packed movie premiere.

August 07, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

After raucous debate, GOP's field revs up the faithful

ATLANTA - The raucous field of Republican presidential candidates hustled back before voters Friday, hoping to build on momentum from their first meeting of the 2016 campaign - and clean up any debate-night messes left behind.

August 07, 2015 | By SERGIO BUSTOS and KATHLEEN RONAYNE | Associated Press

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Supreme Court's election-year lineup

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's lineup of new cases is fit for an election year.

November 30, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Suspect in Planned Parenthood clinic attack makes 1st court appearance

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that ...

November 30, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

LOS ANGELES - New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security - and ...

November 30, 2015 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Associated Press

Long wait times plague Social Security disability process

MIAMI - Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can't afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting for ...

November 28, 2015 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press | Associated Press

Suspect in Colorado attack called recluse who left few clues

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A gunman who police say staged a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic was a recluse who stashed food in the ...

November 28, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

At least 11 hurt in standoff at Colorado clinic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A gunman was arrested Friday hours after opening fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, wounding multiple people and engaging in ...

November 27, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

The end for Black Friday?

NEW YORK - The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over.

November 27, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press

Holiday shoppers get a head start

NEW YORK - Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers ...

November 26, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press

Turkey, parades, heavy security

NEW YORK - Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number ...

November 26, 2015 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | Associated Press

Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK - Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.

November 24, 2015 | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Associated Press

Don't let airlines lose your luggage this holiday season

NEW YORK - Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage - December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags.

November 24, 2015 | By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer | Associated Press

GOP readies next assault on health care law, Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight ...

November 24, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press

US traffic deaths rise sharply

DETROIT - After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from ...

November 24, 2015 | By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer | Associated Press

US airport taxi times on the rise

NEW YORK - On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International ...

November 23, 2015 | By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer | Associated Press

Researchers hatch malaria-resistant mosquitoes

WASHINGTON - California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove - using a groundbreaking technology to ensure the insects pass on that protective ...

November 23, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

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