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Slobbery sidekicks: Dogs ride in bikers' sidecars

LOS ANGELES - Some silken-haired beauties are eager sidekicks to motorcycle riders, wind whipping their thick locks as passers-by watch the wild ride with envy. That is until the slobber starts.

December 03, 2014 | By SUE MANNING Associated Press | Associated Press


CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK - U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.

December 02, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | Associated Press


Chrysler, GM post sales gains in November

DETROIT - Chrysler and General Motors each posted U.S. sales gains last month, strong signs that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.

December 02, 2014 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writers | Associated Press


Ohio State player dead of self-inflicted gunshot

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio State football player who disappeared shortly after sending a text message about his concussions was found dead Sunday in a dumpster, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

November 30, 2014 | By RUSTY MILLER and LISA CORNWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Black Friday weekend slows down as allure fades

NEW YORK - Black Friday fatigue is setting in.

November 30, 2014 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press | Associated Press


Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

AUSTIN, Texas - A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

November 28, 2014 | By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press | Associated Press


Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa - Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

November 28, 2014 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | Associated Press


Police fear gunman may be targeting homeless

ATLANTA - After two men were shot and killed as they slept outside in Atlanta, police say they fear a gunman might be targeting homeless people.

November 27, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system - 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

November 27, 2014 | By MATT STROUD Associated Press | Associated Press


Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 27, 2014 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Associated Press | Associated Press


OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

November 27, 2014 | By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press | Associated Press


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | Associated Press


Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

WARSAW, Poland - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing.

November 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Dogfighting thrives in years since Vick case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

November 22, 2014 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | Associated Press


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Wallenda aims to cross gorge with great-grandfather's image

ATLANTA - The image of Karl Wallenda crossing the Tallulah Gorge is still vivid for those who witnessed it on July 18, 1970.

January 04, 2015 | By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press | Associated Press


7-year-old plane crash survivor may help probe

EDDYVILLE, Ky. - Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash, walked a mile through the cold, dark woods to safety and then helped authorities locate the wreckage and remains of her family, may not be done helping investigators.

January 04, 2015 | By TIMOTHY D. EASLEY Associated Press | Associated Press


Missing American found dead in Mexican mountains

MEXICO CITY - Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going on a hike four days ago.

January 03, 2015 | By MARK STEVENSON and AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press | Associated Press


Police: Girl, 7, survives Ky. plane crash; police ID 4 dead

EDDYVILLE, Ky. - A 7-year-old girl who survived a plane crash in Kentucky that killed her parents and two other family members has been released from the hospital, an official said Saturday.

January 03, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


Fast-food resolution: Transform junk food image

NEW YORK - Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.

January 02, 2015 | By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer | Associated Press


2 officers, suspect shot in W.Va. highway shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.

January 02, 2015 | By JONATHAN MATTISE | Associated Press


Some AirAsia victims found belted in seats

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.

January 02, 2015 | By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press | Associated Press


Augusta goat program to control vegetation deemed a success

AUGUSTA (AP) - Thirteen goats that were deployed to eat overgrown grass, weeds and bushes in a subdivision detention pond in August have taken to their job with gusto.

January 02, 2015 | By SEAN GRUBER The Augusta Chronicle | Associated Press


Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

SEATTLE - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

January 02, 2015 | By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press | Associated Press


Movie locations a tourism draw for Georgia communities

SAVANNAH - When Hollywood films a hit movie or TV show in Georgia, hardcore fans can bring in millions of tourism dollars when they come to get a firsthand look at the places they've seen on the screen.

January 01, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


GOP legislators thwart bids to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."

January 01, 2015 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press | Associated Press


51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm

CREVE COEUR, Mo. - Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press


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


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