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Google to penalize non-mobile friendly sites

Google to penalize non-mobile friendly sites

           SAN FRANCISCO - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

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Man charged in 4 deaths driven by 'bloodlust,' document says

Man charged in 4 deaths driven by 'bloodlust,' document says

DECATUR - A man accused of killing three men as they slept outside and a woman walking to her car near Atlanta initially set out to rob people but was driven by a "bloodlust" after killing his first victim, according to a court filing.

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Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.

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Freedom comes in stages for Reagan shooter

Freedom comes in stages for Reagan shooter

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.

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Oklahoma City Bombing: 20 years later

Oklahoma City Bombing: 20 years later

Editor's note: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.

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Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be — as an epistle writer put it — more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.

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Cigarettes are so last year

Cigarettes are so last year

NEW YORK — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

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Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

DES MOINES, Iowa — For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought.

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Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK — Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

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Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. - For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

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5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

ATLANTA — Five Georgia counties — Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale — have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

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Blacks blame shooting on police indifference to complaints

Blacks blame shooting on police indifference to complaints

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from a police officer has stirred outrage around the nation, but people in this South Carolina city aren't surprised, calling it inevitable in a police department they believe focuses on petty crimes and fails to keep its officers in check.

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Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

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Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary

DEARBORN, Mich. - Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.

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Police testing bullet casings quicker to solve gun crime

Police testing bullet casings quicker to solve gun crime

DENVER - Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.

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Swimsuit season is on its way, but don't panic

Swimsuit season is on its way, but don't panic

CHICAGO - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

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Some in Ga. GOP fear harm from 'religious freedom'

Some in Ga. GOP fear harm from 'religious freedom'

ATLANTA — The divide within the Georgia Republican Party on a religious free measure came into clear focus at a March rally opposing the bill.

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Ga. lawmakers leave without vote on religious freedom bill

Ga. lawmakers leave without vote on religious freedom bill

ATLANTA - State leaders already expect the return of a Georgia religious freedom bill that became a flashpoint for a debate about discrimination against gays but never received a vote as the General Assembly finished the year's legislative session Thursday.

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'The governor has been listening'

'The governor has been listening'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics, including some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

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An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

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NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

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Co-pilot may have hidden illness

Co-pilot may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers - including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

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With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

With 2 session days left, Ga. lawmakers churn through bills

ATLANTA — With three days left in the year's session, Georgia lawmakers plowed through a packed calendar on Friday sending bills to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature or across the hall to the other chamber for review.

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Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany — Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

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House backs high school credit for some college-level study

House backs high school credit for some college-level study

ATLANTA — The Georgia House has approved a bill letting Georgia high school students earn credit toward a diploma while taking some college-level courses.

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As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

As patients face death, doctors push for straight talk on desired end-of-life care

WASHINGTON - Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

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Cruz is first one in for GOP

Cruz is first one in for GOP

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.

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Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

WASHINGTON - Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.

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Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

Convicted in girl's running death, grandma faces death

GADSDEN, Ala. - Jurors who convicted an Alabama woman in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter soon must decide whether to recommend she should die for the crime or spend the rest of her life in prison.

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US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

IOTO, Japan - Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.

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States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

States to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON — New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

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Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

Poll: Public unaware health law in jeopardy

    WASHINGTON — With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case.

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Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

Poll: Little change in desire for action on inequality

DENVER — Interest in income inequality is all the rage in public debate nowadays, with political figures from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left to Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush on the right decrying the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

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