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Google to penalize non-mobile friendly sites

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

April 20, 2015 | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press | Associated Press


Man charged in 4 deaths driven by 'bloodlust,' document says

DECATUR - A man accused of killing three men as they slept outside and a woman walking to her car near Atlanta initially set out to rob people but was driven by a "bloodlust" after killing his first victim, according to a court filing.

April 20, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.

April 20, 2015 | By CHRIS CAROLA Associated Press | Associated Press


Freedom comes in stages for Reagan shooter

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

April 19, 2015 | By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press | Associated Press


Oklahoma City Bombing: 20 years later

Editor's note: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.

April 18, 2015 | By JUDY GIBBS Associated Press | Associated Press


Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be - as an epistle writer put it - more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.

April 17, 2015 | By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II Associated Press | Associated Press


Cigarettes are so last year

NEW YORK - Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

April 16, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

DES MOINES, Iowa - For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.

April 15, 2015 | | Associated Press


Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

April 14, 2015 | By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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U.S. senator: Sex crimes in the military 'vastly underreported'

WASHINGTON - In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.

May 04, 2015 | By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press | Associated Press


Accused Texas gunman well-known to FBI before attack

WASHINGTON - Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson - one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

May 04, 2015 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN, ERIC TUCKER and RYAN VAN VELZER, | Associated Press


$100 million for a home?

WASHINGTON - The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

April 30, 2015 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Near Nepal quake epicenter, desperate villagers await help

PASLANG, Nepal - There is almost nothing left of this village but enormous piles of broken red bricks and heaps of mud and dust.

April 28, 2015 | By KATY DAIGLE Associated Press | Associated Press


Should National Guard have been called sooner in Baltimore?

BALTIMORE - National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

April 28, 2015 | By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Less fluoride in the water

NEW YORK - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their teeth.

April 27, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | Associated Press


Nepal quake death toll tops 4,000

KATHMANDU, Nepal - As the death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake climbed past 4,000, aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine.

April 27, 2015 | By KATY DAIGLE and BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press | Associated Press


US vets come to Vietnam to confront past — and find a home

DANANG, Vietnam - When Richard Parker left Vietnam in 1970, he planned to leave his memories of napalm attacks firmly in the past. Instead, as time marched on, they haunted him.

April 27, 2015 | By MIKE IVES Associated Press | Associated Press


Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth

AMHERST, Mass. - If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years.

April 26, 2015 | By BOB SALSBERG Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

WASHINGTON - A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.

April 26, 2015 | By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Associated Press


More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.

April 25, 2015 | By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and MUNEEZA NAQVI Associated Press | Associated Press


Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU - A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

April 25, 2015 | By CATHY BUSSEWITZ Associated Press | Associated Press


Valdosta cancels classes ahead of flag support rally

VALDOSTA - Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally that drew a large crowd to Valdosta.

April 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Sickness closes Laurens Co. schools

DUBLIN - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


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