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Sierra snowpack one-third normal; March miracle desperately needed

TRUCKEE. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s 2015 budget appeals to Demos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Oscar celeb selfie a landmark moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman

GILMAN, Minn. (AP) - A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Friends common source of abused meds

CHICAGO (AP) - Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


False alarm ‘Olympus’ movie ad fine $1.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• DAUGHTER'S FACEBOOK POST COSTS FATHER $80,000: MIAMI (AP) - A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine tensions increase

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Woman claimed to be sister when she was ticketed

POLK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on forgery and other charges because state police say she identified herself as her sister when she was pulled over and given two traffic tickets, and again when she pleaded guilty before a district judge and was fined.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

NEW YORK (AP() - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


‘American Idol’ votes routed to pizzeria

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


States up heat help in food stamp cut end-run

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


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Grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video: Police officer shot boy seconds after encountering him

CLEVELAND (AP) - The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Feds cancel wolf-killing derby

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


FBI agents, police officer shot

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Researchers discover ‘pre- cancers’ in blood

ATLANTA (AP) - Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer - stout - these guys have just the thing for you.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DRIVER IS LUCKY DOG FOOD DIDN'T CRUSH HIM: FIFE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Washington state say a semitruck driver is lucky he wasn't crushed by 50-pound bags of dog food when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a ditch and spilled the kibble.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Family blasts prosecutor’s handling of case

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses burned to the ground.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Teens ran high school prostitution ring

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

BOSTON (AP) - A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Lawyer had sex with captive girl, 14

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia lawyer had sex several times with a 14-year-old girl in the conference room of his downtown office after former clients holding her captive brought her there during business hours, authorities said.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Recipient of double arms happy to hug

BOSTON (AP) - A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Killing suspect had past abduction arrests

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man suspected of abducting and killing a Colorado single mother who led a double life as a paid escort served time in prison for two kidnapping cases involving his former wife.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman who faked son’s cancer gets probation

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights in jail.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


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