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RNC changes debate rules for 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums.

May 10, 2014 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | World


Texas town shaken by officer shooting 93-year-old

HEARNE, Texas - Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

May 09, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press | World


Baby names: Noah ends Jacob's 14-year run at top

WASHINGTON - Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob's 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year.

May 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | World


Federal agents target synthetic drugs, sellers

WASHINGTON - The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product.

May 08, 2014 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | World


Bible curriculum part of evangelization push

OKLAHOMA CITY - Steve Green's faith led him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he's argued the nation's new health care law and its requirement that his business provide certain types of birth control to employees violates his religious freedoms.

May 08, 2014 | By BAILEY ELISE McBRIDE Associated Press | World


Fed report: Warming disrupting Americans' lives

WASHINGTON - Most Americans are already feeling man-made global warming, from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons. And it is likely to get worse and more expensive, says a new federal report that is heating up political debate along with the temperature.

May 06, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press | World


Texas grand jury shooting simulator stirs debate

HOUSTON - The armed carjacker projected on a large screen threatens to kill you if you don't give up your keys. Holding a modified gun that emits a beam, you pull the trigger when he draws his weapon, and seconds later fire again at another person who jumps in front with something in his hand.

May 05, 2014 | By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press | World


Health care law-Holocaust comparison criticized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.

May 05, 2014 | By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press | World


Deadly side effect to fracking boom

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment.

May 05, 2014 | By JONATHAN FAHEY and KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | World


Powerade drops controversial ingredient

NEW YORK - Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

May 05, 2014 | By CANDICE CHOI Associated Press | World


Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it.

May 05, 2014 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | World


At least 3 critically injured in circus accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A carabiner is the only piece of equipment investigators have found that failed in a circus accident in which eight aerial acrobats plummeted to the ground, a public safety official said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | World


South Korea ferry was routinely overloaded

INCHEON, South Korea - The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips - nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo - in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey.

May 04, 2014 | By YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | World


China rejects sign it may soon be No. 1 economy

BEIJING - China has rejected a World Bank report that suggests it might pass the United States this year to become the biggest economy measured by its currency's purchasing power.

May 03, 2014 | By JOE McDONALD Associated Press | World


Police use new tool to source crowds for evidence

LOS ANGELES - An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers.

May 03, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | World


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Gaza talks to continue in Cairo as truce holds

CAIRO - A temporary Israel-Hamas truce was holding for a second day Tuesday as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip were set to resume in Cairo.

August 12, 2014 | By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | World


Iraq president names deputy speaker new prime minister

BAGHDAD - Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as the country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north.

August 11, 2014 | By SAMEER N. YACOUB and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press | World


Ethical questions emerge over who gets Ebola drug

MADRID - In a development that raises a host of ethical issues, Spain announced it had obtained a scarce U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest infected with the killer virus.

August 11, 2014 | By CIARAN GILES and MARIA CHENG Associated Press | World


Tony Stewart pulls out of race after crash that killed competitor

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

August 10, 2014 | By JOHN KEKIS and JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writers | World


WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

LONDON - The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

August 08, 2014 | By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer | World


Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

August 08, 2014 | By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press | World


Russia hits back on sanctions; bans food from West

MOSCOW - Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

August 07, 2014 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | World


Prosecutor says Pistorius lied on stand

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial said Thursday in closing arguments that the athlete repeatedly lied during testimony in a crude attempt to defend against a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

August 07, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and GERALD IMRAY Associated Press | World


Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - They were leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state - a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

August 07, 2014 | By TODD PITMAN and SOPHENG CHEANG Associated Press | World


5-year-old mayor loses re-election in Minnesota

DORSET, Minn.-” A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota.

August 05, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Survivors dug out from China quake that killed 398

KUNMING, China - Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

August 04, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | World


Cease-fire slows Gaza war as Israeli bus attacked

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli-declared temporary cease-fire and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, though an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region.

August 04, 2014 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV Associated Press | World


US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

August 03, 2014 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN Associated Press | World


Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care

ATLANTA - The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta?

August 03, 2014 | By RAY HENRY and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press | World


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