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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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Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. - For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

April 13, 2015 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

ATLANTA - Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

April 11, 2015 | | Associated Press


Blacks blame shooting on police indifference to complaints

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from a police officer has stirred outrage around the nation, but people in this South Carolina city aren't surprised, calling it inevitable in a police department they believe focuses on petty crimes and fails to keep its officers in check.

April 09, 2015 | By JEFFREY S. COLLINS and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press | Associated Press


Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

April 08, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOI Associated Press | Associated Press


Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

DEARBORN, Mich. - Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.

April 06, 2015 | By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press | Associated Press


Police testing bullet casings quicker to solve gun crime

DENVER - Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.

April 06, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


Swimsuit season is on its way, but don't panic

CHICAGO - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

April 06, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Some in Ga. GOP fear harm from 'religious freedom'

ATLANTA - The divide within the Georgia Republican Party on a religious free measure came into clear focus at a March rally opposing the bill.

April 04, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Ga. lawmakers leave without vote on religious freedom bill

ATLANTA - State leaders already expect the return of a Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate about discrimination against gays but never received a vote as the General Assembly finished the year's legislative session Thursday.

April 03, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


'The governor has been listening'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

April 01, 2015 | By ANDREW DEMILLO Associated Press | Associated Press


An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

March 30, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

March 30, 2015 | By MEREDITH SOMERS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

March 27, 2015 | By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID McHUGH Associated Press | Associated Press


With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA - With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

March 27, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany - Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

March 26, 2015 | By DAVID McHUGH | Associated Press


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