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Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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New pot shop tied to strip club, mayor

GLENDALE, Colo. (AP) - Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Shooting at Phoenix-area school was murder-suicide

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook nude-painting case faces trial in France

PARIS (AP) - If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

BOSTON (AP) - A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Black Democrats question Bernie Sanders’ commitment to Obama

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

HAVANA (AP) - The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


NBC, USA Network discuss airing Beverly Hills dog show

NEW YORK (AP) - The dogs are going Hollywood.

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


House backs bill to ease calorie labeling rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under ...

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Those Valentine’s Day flowers might just be from Kenya

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.

February 12, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Sanders clash over Obama

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed ...

February 11, 2016 | | Nation


Albert Einstein’s right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved ...

February 11, 2016 | | Nation


Young adults swipe right on Tinder, but is it just a game?

NEW YORK (AP) - Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

February 11, 2016 | | Nation


Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance ...

February 11, 2016 | | Nation


Myspace still exists? Time Inc. now own it

NEW YORK (AP) - Myspace still exists?

February 11, 2016 | | Nation


Man on trial for chain- reaction crash that killed police officer

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor urged a jury Monday to convict a suburban New York man of vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and other charges ...

February 08, 2016 | | Nation


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