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As former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen took the stage at The Chattanoogan hotel to address a room full of doctors Wednesday night, he began by saying that since the time mankind lived in caves, healers have been among the most honored people in society.

After late-night negotiations failed, Erlanger Health System and insurer UnitedHealthcare have decided to extend the deadline for resolving disputes over a contract that expired Wednesday.

Eligible but unregistered Tennessee residents who want to vote in the November election have only until Monday to sign up.

The Idaho man accused of killing a Walker County Sheriff's Office K-9 pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Two men have been arrested in DeKalb County, Ala., on charges of trafficking in synthetic marijuana known as spice, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

BOULDER, Colo. — Tab Bonidy carries a concealed pistol everywhere he goes. It offers him a sense of safety even in Avon, Colorado, a mountain town so small its lone post office doesn't offer home delivery.

LOS ANGELES — Feminism pioneer Gloria Steinem says that if anything good has come from the NFL's domestic violence scandal, it's that we're actually talking about domestic violence.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco will pay $15 million to the family of a woman who was fatally struck by a city pickup truck last year while she lay with her baby in a public park.

TORONTO — Experts identified a shipwreck uncovered last month in the Artic as the HMS Erebus, the ship British Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin was likely sailing on when it vanished along with another vessel 170 years ago, Canada's prime minister announced Wednesday.

JACKSON, Miss. — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges.

WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

UPDATE: NORMAN, Okla. — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says he plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music.

The Idaho man accused of killing a Walker County Sheriff's Office K-9 pleaded guilty Tuesday.

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