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Theater shooter's mental problems didn't stop gun purchase

LAFAYETTE, La. - John Russell Houser was deeply troubled long before he shot 11 people in a movie theater in Louisiana, but decades of mental problems didn't keep him from buying the handgun he used.

July 25, 2015 | By RAY HENRY, JAY REEVES and REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press | Associated Press

Remains found in lake may be man missing since '72

SAWMILLS, N.C. - Forty-three years ago, Pamela Shook Kolbe's father went out one night for a date and never came home. Now, her family may finally have a chance to bury him after a discovery at the bottom of a lake.

July 24, 2015 | By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr. Associated Press | Associated Press

Gunman opens fire in Louisiana theater

LAFAYETTE, La. - A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he opened fire on strangers in a darkened movie theater, authorities said Friday.

July 24, 2015 | By MELINDA DESLATTE and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Disability funds in danger

WASHINGTON - The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.

July 22, 2015 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Associated Press

New details describe scene of terror at Tenn. shooting

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Twenty Marines and two Navy corpsmen were in the middle of an otherwise mundane task, just checking their equipment after a training mission, when the silver Mustang convertible came barreling through the gates of the reserve center on the banks of the Tennessee River.

July 22, 2015 | | Associated Press

Teen use of morning-after pill is climbing

NEW YORK - More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill - a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it's easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

July 22, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Becoming a dad? Expect to gain 3 to 5 pounds, study suggests

NEW YORK - Many men gain a new sense of responsibility and purpose when they become fathers. A new study suggests they also gain 3 to 5 pounds.

July 21, 2015 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

The high price of aging

NEW YORK - Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.

July 20, 2015 | By MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business Writer | Associated Press

Sleeping off Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON - To sleep, perchance to... ward off Alzheimer's? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye.

July 20, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

LONDON - The search for extraterrestrial life received a major boost Monday with the launch of an ambitious $100 million program, backed by famed physicist Stephen Hawking and tech billionaire Yuri Milner.

July 20, 2015 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | Associated Press

Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

WASHINGTON - A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

July 16, 2015 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press

Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.

July 15, 2015 | By NANCY BENAC Associated Press | Associated Press

Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

July 15, 2015 | By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | Associated Press

After years of decline, a spike in city violence

CHICAGO - Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed.

July 11, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Associated Press

Sharks: Frightening, yet fascinating

AVON, N.C. - It's the golden hour, right before sunset, when the light is soft and pretty. The landscape looks like a postcard. Tourists stroll, kids run.

July 10, 2015 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press

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Deep-seated anger helps Trump

NORWOOD, Mass. - Donald Trump insults and exaggerates.

September 07, 2015 | By JILL COLVIN Associated Press | Associated Press

No union mines left in Kentucky

HARLAN, Ky. - Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize.

September 05, 2015 | By DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Supporters rally behind defiant clerk

GRAYSON, Ky. - They stood chanting outside the jail house, "Thank you, Kim; Thank you, Kim," and prayed that the defiant county clerk locked inside could ...

September 05, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press | Associated Press

US jobless rate falls to 7-year low

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed - a mixed bag of news that offers ...

September 04, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writers | Associated Press

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