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Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

POLK CITY, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

March 05, 2015 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; 6 hurt

NEW YORK - A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay.

March 05, 2015 | By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | Associated Press


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.

March 04, 2015 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

BOSTON - The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.

March 04, 2015 | By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer | Associated Press


Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

March 03, 2015 | By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.

March 03, 2015 | By ARON HELLER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press | Associated Press


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | By JAY REEVES and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press | Associated Press


Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, corrections officials in Georgia postponed the execution of the state's only female death row inmate for the second time in a week.

March 03, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

SAVANNAH - The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun, and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.

March 02, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

ATLANTA - A senator said Monday that he has filed a new bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in Georgia that would avoid legal problems that could arise under the House version, which passed overwhelmingly last week.

March 02, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

WASHINGTON - Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not - and could not - fully understand his nation's vital security concerns.

March 02, 2015 | By JULIE PACE and ARON HELLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday, as officials cited problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.

March 02, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Associated Press


Public paycheck? Likely climbing if you're connected to Deal

ATLANTA - Many of Gov. Nathan Deal's top aides and senior executive branch officials got raises for 2015 that will far exceed what most teachers and state workers can expect in coming year.

March 01, 2015 | From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Associated Press


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


FBI: Church gunman shouldn't have been able to get gun

WASHINGTON - The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI ...

July 10, 2015 | By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press | Associated Press


Poll: Sandwich generation worried about own long-term care

WASHINGTON - Caught between kids and aging parents, the sandwich generation worries more than most Americans their age about how they'll afford their own care ...

July 09, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare

CHICAGO - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang ...

July 06, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Associated Press


SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure ...

July 06, 2015 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Associated Press


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