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Americans: Less Christian, more secular

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to road rage incident

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman said Monday she intends to sue United Airlines after her flight home made an emergency landing, and authorities removed her family from the plane after she and the flight crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

NEW CUYAMA (AP) - Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


San Diego sea lion pup bunks with sailor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mother's Day may have been a bit of a bust for a baby sea lion in San Diego - and a bit of a surprise, too.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Tornadoes kill at least 5 in Texas and Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Woman arrested after hitting TVs with hatchet at Alaska Walmart

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A woman smashed seven flat-screen TVs at a store in Alaska with a hatchet and later told police that people on the televisions were watching her, according to police and court documents obtained Monday.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS ACROSS THE NATION

ELDERLY MAN WITH PROSTITUTE UNDER BED LOSES HOUSING SUBSIDY: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man living in a suburban Philadelphia assisted-living facility has lost his housing subsidy after officials found a prostitute underneath his bed.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Blood tests, liquid biopsies, may transform cancer care

HOUSTON (AP) - A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Thousands too injured to enter Baltimore jail

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records show.

May 10, 2015 | | Nation


2 police officers slain in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - One was a decorated "Officer of the Year." The other was a proud recent graduate of the academy who had wanted to be a policeman since he was a boy.

May 10, 2015 | | Nation


Paul tells tech-heavy crowd he’s against NSA data collection

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience Saturday when he criticized the government's bulk collection of data but drew a more tepid response for his opposition to so-called net neutrality.

May 10, 2015 | | Nation


Synthetic pot spikes hospitalizations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.

May 08, 2015 | | Nation


Man stranded with kids in Sierra used fire, blankets to alert rescuers

CAMPTONVILLE (AP) - A man who got stranded with his young children in a rugged area of Northern California said he spent more than two days trying to get rescuers' attention by putting pink blankets in trees and leaving bottles by a river.

May 08, 2015 | | Nation


9 deputies fired over jail death

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A coastal Georgia sheriff fired nine of his deputies Friday in connection with the death of a 22-year-old college student found dead in restraints after he was booked into the county jail.

May 08, 2015 | | Nation


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Pope says gays deserve an apology

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis says gays - and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Fentanyl worries changing way narcotics officers operate

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans is also threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


For Trump and Brexit voters, same frustrations

MAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) - At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Bureau plan to sterilize mustangs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds - a ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Defending AR-style firearms

ATLANTA (AP) - Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago.

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


High hits 118 degrees in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) - People across the Southwest were preparing Monday for another threat of triple-digit temperatures that left two dead over the weekend.

June 20, 2016 | | Nation


2M kids get concussions from sports, play

CHICAGO (AP) - As many as 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur in U.S. children and teens each year and many receive ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Climate change ‘damaging’ national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change is already damaging America's national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Warship trades peed for firepower, armor

BATH, Maine (AP) - The Navy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fulfill its need for speed with a new class of fast and ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Mateen investigation moving forward

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the FBI will release a partial transcript of the conversations between the gunman ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: US should consider profiling Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should "seriously" consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


The word ‘Mexican’ as a slur

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump referred to a U.S.-born federal judge as a "Mexican" and saw a backlash, even ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Giants’ Cain back on DL with right hamstring strain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants right-hander Matt Cain has been placed back on the 15-day disabled list with the same right hamstring strain that landed him ...

June 15, 2016 | | Nation


Mario Edwards back at practice after neck injury

ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. returned as a full participant in practice Tuesday for the first time since his promising rookie ...

June 15, 2016 | | Nation


McFadden breaks elbow saving phone, out 2 months

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Darren McFadden fractured his right elbow trying to keep his new iPhone from hitting the ground and cracking.

June 15, 2016 | | Nation


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