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Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average

WASHINGTON - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released Tuesday.

December 31, 2014 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | Associated Press


World rings in new year

After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.

December 31, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Exchange enrollment brisk in Georgia

More than 180,000 people in Georgia selected plans through the health insurance exchange in the first month of open enrollment, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

December 31, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Man tries to run down police; they shoot, kill him

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday so, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Tobacco auction system is all but snuffed out

DANVILLE, Ky. - Tripp Foy's sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf piled in bales.

December 31, 2014 | By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press | Associated Press


Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

December 30, 2014 | By DEWI NURCAHYANI and ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Restoration of 1930 Tybee Island theater to finish in 2015

TYBEE ISLAND - Built by the Army in 1930, the Tybee Post Theater showed its last movie five decades ago and had fallen into disrepair by the time a developer sought to demolish it in 1999.

December 29, 2014 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car

LOS ANGELES - Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

December 29, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Associated Press


In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied

SURABAYA, Indonesia - The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

December 29, 2014 | By TRISNADI MARJAN and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy

FRESNO, Calif. - Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

December 28, 2014 | By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press | Associated Press


Guitarist doesn't miss day of Vegas Cirque work

LAS VEGAS - It's easy to miss Bruce Rickerd during the "Mystere" show at Treasure Island especially when there's a man balancing upside-down on the foot of another, or a giant inflatable snail emerging from the massive moving stage or the gasp-inducing drops from acrobats above.

December 28, 2014 | By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL Associated Press | Associated Press


Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia - An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.

December 28, 2014 | By ALI KOTARUMALOS and MARGIE MASON Associated Press | Associated Press


Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

McALESTER, Okla. - Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess."

December 27, 2014 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Associated Press


Scientists target Christmas tree needles

NEW YORK - The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

December 27, 2014 | By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press | Associated Press


AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

WASHINGTON - Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding 'meh.'

December 27, 2014 | By EMILY SWANSON and JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press | Associated Press


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Flu vaccine not working well

NEW YORK - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON - The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

January 15, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press


In State of State Address, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal urges action on schools, roads

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal urged lawmakers Wednesday to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia, proposing new powers to take over struggling schools but refraining from making any recommendation on how to pay for maintenance of the state's transportation systems.

January 14, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyoncé

DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, of double standards in parenting, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the first family shelters its daughters from some things but allows them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

January 14, 2015 | By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press | Associated Press


Virginia lawmaker wins election amid sex scandal

RICHMOND, Va. - A state lawmaker who resigned his seat following a sex scandal involving a teenage employee won it back during a special election Tuesday.

January 14, 2015 | By LARRY O'DELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Principal: Let students hurl canned food at intruders

VALLEY, Ala. - An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense.

January 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


For Coke and Pepsi, smaller sodas could pay more

NEW YORK - Americans want to cut back on soda, and they're willing to pay more to do it.

January 13, 2015 | By CANDACE CHOI Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: An appetite for labeling genetically modified foods

WASHINGTON - A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not.

January 13, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Key US military command's Twitter, YouTube sites hacked

WASHINGTON - Hackers claiming to work on behalf of Islamic State militants seized control of the Twitter and YouTube sites of the military's U.S. Central Command on Monday. The Pentagon swiftly suspended the sites and said it appears that no classified material was breached.

January 12, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Gov. Deal begins 2nd term focused on crime, education reform

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recommitted to supporting criminal justice changes and alternatives to public schools on Monday as he was sworn in for a second term in office, and said his mission for the next four years is "building upon the foundation we have laid."

January 12, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Will Ga. hospital group go to bat for Medicaid expansion?

Unlike its counterparts in other states, the Georgia Hospital Association has not been seen as actively advocating for Medicaid expansion.

January 12, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Hot cars at the annual Detroit auto show

DETROIT - The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.

January 12, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Witness to Paris officer's death regrets video

PARIS - The man whose amateur video of a Paris police officer's cold-blooded murder shocked the world now regrets sharing the footage online, saying he never expected it to be broadcast so widely.

January 11, 2015 | By RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Drop your top: Convertibles poised to make a comeback

DETROIT - Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair.

January 11, 2015 | By TOM KRISHER Associated Press | Associated Press


George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge

MIAMI - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

January 10, 2015 | By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press | Associated Press


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