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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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Can of Coke a healthy snack?

Can of Coke a healthy snack?

NEW YORK - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

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Updated: mar. 16, 2015 8:07 p.m.
Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

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Prosecutor: 20-year-old charged in shootings of 2 officers

Prosecutor: 20-year-old charged in shootings of 2 officers

CLAYTON, Mo. - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said Sunday.

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Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

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Updated: mar. 15, 2015 11:59 a.m.
Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

Police, other groups try to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

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Calls for police accountability in death of naked man

Calls for police accountability in death of naked man

DECATUR, Ga. — Residents in the Atlanta area are adding their voices to a nationwide chorus of calls for increased police accountability after an unarmed, naked man was fatally shot by an officer responding to a complaint of a suspicious person at an apartment complex.

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France identifies man, boy in IS killing video as citizens

France identifies man, boy in IS killing video as citizens

PARIS — A man and a boy featured in a chilling Islamic State propaganda video showing the killing of a Palestinian have been identified as French citizens, and investigators are looking into whether the man is related to an extremist who attacked a Jewish school in southern France in 2012, an official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

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1 Black Hawk crashed in fog; 11 feared dead

1 Black Hawk crashed in fog; 11 feared dead

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

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Final Allman filmmaker gets probation in Georgia train crash

Final Allman filmmaker gets probation in Georgia train crash

SAVANNAH — A third filmmaker was sentenced to 10 years of probation Tuesday for her role in a train collision last year that killed a young camera assistant and injured six other crew members, allowing prosecutors to close their final criminal case in the incident that derailed the Gregg Allman movie "Midnight Rider."

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French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

French Olympians among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

PARIS — Much of France was in mourning and looking for answers on Tuesday over the crash of two helicopters in a remote part of Argentina that killed 10 people, three of them French sports stars taking part in a glitzy new reality TV show.

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Immigration officials see danger as local cooperation wanes

Immigration officials see danger as local cooperation wanes

NEW YORK — Diminished local cooperation is putting federal immigration officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say.

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Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the White House and Congress accused 47 GOP senators of undermining President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations was tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran.

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Univ. of Oklahoma severs ties with frat after racist chant

Univ. of Oklahoma severs ties with frat after racist chant

NORMAN, Okla. — The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught on video.

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About 100 set out to retrace Selma-to-Montgomery march

About 100 set out to retrace Selma-to-Montgomery march

SELMA, Ala. — A group of about 100 people set out Monday to retrace the historic steps taken 50 years ago, when demonstrators pushing for equal voting rights marched from Selma, Alabama, to the state Capitol in Montgomery.

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Director of Allman film pleads guilty in train crash death

Director of Allman film pleads guilty in train crash death

JESUP, Ga. - A year after a freight train plowed into crew members for a movie about singer Gregg Allman, killing a young camera assistant, the film's director was sentenced to two years in jail Monday as part of a plea deal.

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Baby found alive in car 14 hours after crash in Utah river

Baby found alive in car 14 hours after crash in Utah river

SPANISH FORK, Utah - A baby survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

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Updated: mar. 08, 2015 6:13 p.m.
Teen killer, Pamela Smart's student and lover, up for parole

Teen killer, Pamela Smart's student and lover, up for parole

CONCORD, N.H. - When 16-year-old Billy Flynn gunned down the husband of his high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, in 1990, the trial became an instant tabloid sensation. Its lurid details aired gavel-to-gavel on television years before the O.J. Simpson spectacle and spawned movies and books.

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Updated: mar. 08, 2015 5:58 p.m.
Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

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.

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

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.

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Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

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.

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Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

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.

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

'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.

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Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

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.

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Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks; Obama disagrees

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.

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Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

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.

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Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

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.

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Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

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.

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Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

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.

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New medical marijuana bill in Senate stricter than House's

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.

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Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

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.

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Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

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.

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

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.

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GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.

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Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

Federal regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

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No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

No charges for Savannah officer who shot handcuffed man

SAVANNAH — A police officer who fatally shot a handcuffed man won't face criminal charges after a grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun police missed while patting him down.

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Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

Ga. House bill OKs cannabis oil to treat 9 health problems

ATLANTA — The Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to legalize cannabis oil for the treatment of nine major health problems, including sickle cell disease added at the last minute.

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