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A new 'New South'?

A new 'New South'?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?

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A first: New guidelines endorse device to treat strokes

A first: New guidelines endorse device to treat strokes

Many stroke patients have a new treatment option - if they seek help fast enough to get it. New guidelines endorse using a removable stent to open clogged arteries causing a stroke.

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Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Recent spike in shark attacks reported off Carolinas coast

Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It's mainly because so many people are getting in the water.

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Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

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Same-sex marriage legalized across the US

Same-sex marriage legalized across the US

WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

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Ga. stops issuing license plates featuring Confederate flag

Ga. stops issuing license plates featuring Confederate flag

ATLANTA — Georgia has stopped issuing a specialty license plate featuring two Confederate battle flags, and a top official in Gov. Nathan Deal's administration has ordered that changes be made to the design.

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New era in police recruitment

New era in police recruitment

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay.

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Church shooting site re-opens

Church shooting site re-opens

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Parishioners were let into the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a first-hand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain.

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Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

CHARLESTON, S.C. — They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."

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Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue health care subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate.

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N.C. beachgoers lose limbs in shark attacks

N.C. beachgoers lose limbs in shark attacks

OAK ISLAND, N.C. - Beachgoers cautiously returned to the ocean Monday after two young people lost limbs in separate, life-threatening shark attacks in the same town in North Carolina.

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Georgia high court reverses conviction in shooting outside day care

Georgia high court reverses conviction in shooting outside day care

ATLANTA - Georgia's highest court on Monday reversed the murder conviction of a man imprisoned for killing a father who had just dropped off his son at preschool, renewing a criminal case that prosecutors said stemmed from a deadly love-triangle.

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Jeb Bush has optimistic message, faces challenges in '16 bid

Jeb Bush has optimistic message, faces challenges in '16 bid

MIAMI - Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington "out of the business of causing problems" and to stay true to his beliefs - easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply challenged.

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Study: Rape prevention training works

Study: Rape prevention training works

A program that taught college women ways to prevent sexual assault cut in half the chances they would be raped over the next year, a Canadian study found. It was the first large, scientific test of resistance training, and the strong results should spur more universities to offer it, experts say.

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Film taken before Amelia Earhart's last flight surfaces

Film taken before Amelia Earhart's last flight surfaces

LOS ANGELES — It was a clear spring day in 1937 when Amelia Earhart, ready to make history by flying around the world, brought her personal photographer to a small Southern California airport to document the journey's beginning.

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Protests follow video of officer drawing gun on black teens

Protests follow video of officer drawing gun on black teens

McKINNEY, Texas — Hundreds of demonstrators marched Monday night to the pool where a white police officer pinned a black teenage girl to the ground and pulled a gun on others over the weekend. The protesters carried signs that included the phrases, "My skin color is not a crime" and "Fire Eric Casebolt."

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Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law

Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court upheld key parts of Texas's strict anti-abortion law on Tuesday, a decision that could leave as few as seven abortion clinics in the nation's second largest state.

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Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law

Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court upheld key parts of Texas's strict anti-abortion law on Tuesday, a decision that could leave as few as seven abortion clinics in the nation's second largest state.

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Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

CHICAGO - With one out of four U.S. doctors older than 65, the American Medical Association adopted a plan Monday to help decide when it's time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope.

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University head justifies $1M pay for Ga. Tech, Ga. State leaders

University head justifies $1M pay for Ga. Tech, Ga. State leaders

ATLANTA - Million-dollar pay packages are justified to retain the presidents of Georgia Tech and Georgia State, the head of the state's university system said, despite criticism the compensation is too lavish.

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For many, more jobs don't mean security

For many, more jobs don't mean security

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

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Flashback to D-Day

Flashback to D-Day

Note: The Herald is repeating an Associated Press report that ran last year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944 in Normandy.

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Poll: Most back legal status for immigrants in US illegally

Poll: Most back legal status for immigrants in US illegally

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.

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Home sweet jail?

Home sweet jail?

GREENVILLE, Ga. - Ghost hunters tell stories of gruesome crimes. Former guards remember an underground dungeon. A crowd is said to have gathered to witness the hanging of a prisoner. So is the lore of the old Meriwether County jail, a 119-year-old relic that is being renovated into a home and museum.

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Report: Suspected ex-Nazis received $20.2M in Social Security benefits

Report: Suspected ex-Nazis received $20.2M in Social Security benefits

WASHINGTON - Elfriede Rinkel's past as a Nazi concentration camp guard didn't keep her from collecting nearly $120,000 in American Social Security benefits.

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New cancer study to test genetically targeted medicine

New cancer study to test genetically targeted medicine

CHICAGO - The federal government is launching a very different kind of cancer study that will assign patients drugs based on what genes drive their tumors rather than the type.

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Justices expand religious protections in workplace

Justices expand religious protections in workplace

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs.

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