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Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

August 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press

Oceanic junk

NEW DELHI - For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly in the Indian Ocean surf, until finally being spit out onto the sand. In Bangladesh, fishermen are haunted by floating corpses that the Bay of Bengal sometimes puts in their path.

August 14, 2015 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Kerry calls for democracy as US flag is raised in Cuba

HAVANA - Jubilant crowds waved American flags and chanted "Long live the United States!" as the Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Cuba on Friday after a half-century of often-hostile relations. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the day but also made an extraordinary, nationally broadcast call for democratic change on the island.

August 14, 2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press

National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

SILVERTON, Colorado - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, experts said Thursday.

August 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press

Despite order, office refuses to issue gay marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A gay couple marched into the county clerk's office Thursday, carrying a federal judge's order that said the clerk can't deny them a marriage license based on her deeply held Christian beliefs.

August 13, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press

Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

RALEIGH, N.C. - Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.

August 11, 2015 | By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press | Associated Press

A century after lynching, town still wrestles over history

MARIETTA, Ga. - Down past the Big Chicken, the 56-foot-high, steel-beaked beacon of extra crispy that may be this town's most prized landmark, the wedge of dirt hard by Interstate 75 is notable only for its lack of notability. Stopping here, Rabbi Steven Lebow leaves the engine running and car door open.

August 11, 2015 | By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer | Associated Press

Top EPA official takes responsibility for mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Townspeople affected by the millions of gallons of waste spilled from an abandoned gold mine and now flowing through their communities demanded clarity Tuesday about any long-term threats to their water supply.

August 11, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Republicans push for national constitutional convention

AUSTIN, Texas - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.

August 10, 2015 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Associated Press

Residents demand health answers as mine spill fouls rivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.

August 10, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Air controller study shows chronic fatigue

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years.

August 10, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | Associated Press

Holmes gets life term after jury fails to agree on execution

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury failed to agree Friday on whether he should get the death penalty for his murderous attack on a packed movie premiere.

August 07, 2015 | By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press | Associated Press

After raucous debate, GOP's field revs up the faithful

ATLANTA - The raucous field of Republican presidential candidates hustled back before voters Friday, hoping to build on momentum from their first meeting of the 2016 campaign - and clean up any debate-night messes left behind.

August 07, 2015 | By SERGIO BUSTOS and KATHLEEN RONAYNE | Associated Press

Poll shows few in US have received credit cards with chips

Even as an Oct. 1 deadline approaches to replace Americans' out-of-date credit cards with new cards embedded with computer chips, the vast majority of Americans still have not received their new cards and only a small minority are using the chips at all, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

August 06, 2015 | By KEN SWEET and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press | Associated Press

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Sick kids have limited options for medical devices

WASHINGTON - Improvise isn't a word parents want to hear from their kid's doctor. Yet pediatric specialists too often have to jury-rig care because ...

November 02, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Do calorie counts on menus matter?

WASHINGTON - Tracking calories at chain restaurants is supposed to become easier next year, but new studies raise questions about whether the counts actually make a ...

November 02, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Math, reading scores slip for nation's school kids

WASHINGTON - Results from national math and reading tests show slipping or stagnant scores for the nation's schoolkids.

October 28, 2015 | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Associated Press

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