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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


Georgia Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate passed two measures Thursday aimed at cracking down on what legislators say is a growing problem involving sexual exploitation of children in the state that extends far from inner cities into upscale suburbs.

February 12, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Obama asks for fresh war powers, says Islamic State is 'going to lose'

WASHINGTON - Vowing that Islamic State forces are "going to lose," President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 11, 2015 | By DAVID ESPO and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Deal wants powers to take over failing schools

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal wants lawmakers to create a state-run district to take over failing schools, overseen by an appointed superintendent with broad new powers over those institutions.

February 11, 2015 | By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press | Associated Press


Georgia health officials identify 35 in measles exposure

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials say they have identified 35 people - most of them children - as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease.

February 11, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Associated Press


Were three slain for their religion or their parking space?

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Police are trying to determine whether hate played any role in the killing of three Muslims, a crime they said was sparked by a neighbor's long-simmering anger over parking and noise inside their condominium complex.

February 11, 2015 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JONATHAN DREW Associated Press | Associated Press


Study finds beach trash even on Georgia's secluded islands

SAVANNAH - Dodie Sanders and her student volunteers never came back empty handed whenever she led them to the beach to clean up trash, sometimes filling as many as five waste bags with plastic bottles, wrappers and other garbage.

February 08, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Police ID man they say killed 2 adults, 2 children, himself

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Police say they have identified the gunman who took his own life after killing four people and injuring two in a quiet neighborhood near Atlanta.

February 08, 2015 | By RAY HENRY Associated Press | Associated Press


Team manager has moment to shine at game

GAINESVILLE - Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall High School. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

February 06, 2015 | By BILL MURPHY The Times | Associated Press


US recovery gaining strength

WASHINGTON - A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery - with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.

February 06, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.

February 05, 2015 | By TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY AP Business Writers | Associated Press


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For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition

WASHINGTON - Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary.

May 07, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Fingerprint ruse IDs Florida man as longtime Ohio fugitive

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man convicted of manslaughter walked away from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in Florida this week, investigators said Tuesday.

May 05, 2015 | By KANTELE FRANKO and MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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