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Report: Suspected ex-Nazis received $20.2M in Social Security benefits

WASHINGTON - Elfriede Rinkel's past as a Nazi concentration camp guard didn't keep her from collecting nearly $120,000 in American Social Security benefits.

June 01, 2015 | By RICHARD LARDNER, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFT Associated Press | Associated Press


New cancer study to test genetically targeted medicine

CHICAGO - The federal government is launching a very different kind of cancer study that will assign patients drugs based on what genes drive their tumors rather than the type.

June 01, 2015 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Associated Press


Justices expand religious protections in workplace

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs.

June 01, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


New lab can create hurricane conditions on demand

MIAMI - Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch.

May 29, 2015 | By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press | Associated Press


US schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

WASHINGTON - Safety drills, parent notification systems and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

May 28, 2015 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer | Associated Press


Cleanup begins in Texas

HOUSTON - Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing.

May 27, 2015 | By SETH ROBBINS and JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | Associated Press


Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with climate change

WASHINGTON - Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

May 25, 2015 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Associated Press


Scientists peek into healthy brains to look for clues about Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON - Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

May 25, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


'It's a debt we can never fully repay'

ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay" them for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.

May 25, 2015 | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press | Associated Press


Annual Rolling Thunder 'Ride for Freedom' honors veterans

WASHINGTON - The roar of motorcycle engines filled the air in the nation's capital on Sunday as thousands of bikers saluted military veterans with the Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom."

May 24, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Carter says Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital

May 24, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.

May 22, 2015 | By HENRY C. JACKSON and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Associated Press


Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

May 22, 2015 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer | Associated Press


Waco shootout puts spotlight on motorcycle club culture

Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday's biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie.

May 18, 2015 | By ALLEN G. BREED AP National Writer | Associated Press


Police: 9 dead in shooting all members of rival biker gangs

WACO, Texas - A shootout among rival biker gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine people dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.

May 17, 2015 | By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press | Associated Press


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How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

July 02, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


US unemployment falls to 7-year low

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

July 02, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

July 01, 2015 | | Associated Press


A new 'New South'?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?

June 29, 2015 | By ALLEN G. BREED and JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


A first: New guidelines endorse device to treat strokes

Many stroke patients have a new treatment option - if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.

June 29, 2015 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Associated Press


Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.

June 29, 2015 | By BROCK VERGAKIS Associated Press | Associated Press


Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

June 29, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Same-sex marriage legalized across the US

WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

June 26, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. stops issuing license plates featuring Confederate flag

ATLANTA - Georgia has stopped issuing a specialty license plate featuring two Confederate battle flags, and a top official in Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has ordered that changes be made to the design.

June 26, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


New era in police recruitment

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay.

June 24, 2015 | | Associated Press


Church shooting site re-opens

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Parishioners were let into the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a first-hand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain.

June 20, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS and EMILY MASTERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

CHARLESTON, S.C. - They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."

June 19, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press


Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue health care subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate.

June 17, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Associated Press


N.C. beachgoers lose limbs in shark attacks

OAK ISLAND, N.C. - Beachgoers cautiously returned to the ocean Monday after two young people lost limbs in separate, life-threatening shark attacks in the same town in North Carolina.

June 15, 2015 | By EMERY P. DALESIO and EMILY MASTERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia high court reverses conviction in shooting outside day care

ATLANTA - Georgia's highest court on Monday reversed the murder conviction of a man imprisoned for killing a father who had just dropped off his son at preschool, renewing a criminal case that prosecutors said stemmed from a deadly love-triangle.

June 15, 2015 | By JEFF MARTIN and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


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