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Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

January 30, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Cost pressure intensifies for Plant Vogtle

ATLANTA - The delays and cost overruns are piling up for a new plant near Waynesboro that was supposed to prove nuclear energy can be built affordably.

January 30, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better served by the "next generation of Republican leaders" and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began.

January 30, 2015 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Associated Press


Work begins to raise Confederate warship from Savannah River

SAVANNAH - Divers and military salvage crews will spend the next nine months raising what's left of an armored Confederate warship that's been rotting at the bottom of the Savannah River for 150 years.

January 29, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to their hometown in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM and RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

WASHINGTON - Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

January 28, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

ROCK HILL, S.C. - For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty-four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.

January 28, 2015 | By MITCH WEISS Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. man executed for killing fellow inmate

ATLANTA - A man convicted in the killing of a fellow inmate has been executed in Georgia despite claims by his lawyers that he was intellectually disabled.

January 27, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Snowstorm shuts down East Coast

NEW YORK - New York City looked like a ghost town early Tuesday, blanketed by a snowstorm that disrupted life for tens of millions of people along the U.S. East Coast.

January 27, 2015 | By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press | Associated Press


Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the crowded Northeast

NEW YORK - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

January 26, 2015 | By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press | Associated Press


Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

McRAE, Ga. - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.

January 26, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Study: Savannah River has room for Georgia, South Carolina to build new port

SAVANNAH - The Savannah River has enough room for cargo ships to accommodate Georgia and South Carolina adding a new port terminal downstream from the busy Port of Savannah, according to a study presented to officials from both states Monday.

January 26, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Device, possibly aerial drone, found on White House grounds

WASHINGTON - A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

January 26, 2015 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES - "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.

January 25, 2015 | By DERRIK J. LANG Associated Press | Associated Press


Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK - The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

January 25, 2015 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Associated Press


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Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

February 19, 2015 | By ANNE INNOCENZIO Associated Press | Associated Press


Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

NEW YORK - A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

February 18, 2015 | By BEN WALKER AP Sports Writer | Associated Press


W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. - The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires - leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively costly.

February 17, 2015 | JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press | Associated Press


From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

DURHAM, N.C. - A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South.

February 17, 2015 | By JONATHAN DREW and MEREDITH SOMERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Lawmakers push for Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

WASHINGTON - It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.

February 17, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to a frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared this winter.

February 16, 2015 | By ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya, pushes for international action

CAIRO - Egypt bombed Islamic State militants in neighboring Libya on Monday and called on the United States and Europe to join an international military intervention in the chaotic North African state after extremists beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians.

February 16, 2015 | By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press | Associated Press


Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms

ATLANTA - U.S. power companies struggling with the escalating costs of building nuclear plants are closely watching similar efforts in China, where officials are expecting delays.

February 16, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

CHICAGO - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

February 16, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER Associated Press | Associated Press


'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

LOS ANGELES - Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By LINDSAY BAHR Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's judicial building office overlooks Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

February 15, 2015 | KIM CHANDLER and CURT ANDERSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Police say Copenhagen gunman had criminal record, gang past

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The slain gunman suspected in the deadly Copenhagen attacks was a 22-year-old with a history of violence and may have been inspired by Islamic terrorists - and possibly the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Danish authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | By JAN M. OLSEN and KARL RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed

WASHINGTON - After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.

February 15, 2015 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press


Schools react to takeover plan as Gov. Deal seeks support

ATLANTA - Georgia would become one of several states authorized to take over "chronically failing" schools if Republican Gov. Nathan Deal can hold members of his own party while attracting Democrats and placating some school officials frustrated by the proposal.

February 15, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage crumbles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Gays and lesbians could get licenses to marry in more than half of Alabama's counties Friday after a federal judge affirmed her ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

February 13, 2015 | By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


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