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House passes Republican budget plan promising $4.6 trillion in cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320 million jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Texas shootout may tie to prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Appeal sought after Ill. threat conviction of rapper tossed out

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they plan to seek a challenge of an Illinois appellate court's decision overturning an aspiring rapper's conviction on allegations that he threatened a murderous college rampage, muddying the man's newfound freedom from prison.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


NC scraps proposed pink-striped license

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Chicago to close 54 schools

CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Conn., rifle maker end aid deal after killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Just days before 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school in December, state development officials offered the maker of the rifle used in the massacre a $1 million loan to bring new jobs to the state.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Ind. police: Child safe, bus slaying suspect is dead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed him during a police standoff.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Prep football players accused of sexual assault

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut high school football players have been charged in sexual assault cases that, like a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, have led to online taunts directed at an accuser.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff proposes ankle monitors for Alzheimer's

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff's office is floating a unique and unproven idea for keeping seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe: Give them ankle monitors normally used on criminals on house arrest or parole.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

NEW YORK (AP) - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Appeals court sides with monks defying Louisiana law by selling low cost caskets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Benedictine monks may keep selling plain, low-cost caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, finding that a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana had no reasonable grounds.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


‘Show me your birth certificate before you go potty’ bill proposed in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A prominent Republican lawmaker in Arizona wants to link public bathroom use to birth certificates in what civil rights advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-transgender measure.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

SCHOOL ASKS STUDENTS TO CUT BACK ON BODY SPRAY:

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


No charges in case of 11-year-old NJ boy pictured with gun on Facebook

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) - No charges will be filed against a man who posted online a photo of his young son holding what appeared to be a military-style rifle, police said Wednesday.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk suit

PHOENIX (AP) - A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man kills 2 with wheelchair armrest

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


4th grader sells pot in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


School bus driver accused of bullying

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Carry rights expanded in Georgia

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Homeowner: 2 teens shot were ‘vermin’

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Early release for inmates jailed for 10 years?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook 1Q results soar to $2.5B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss of $76.5 million

PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway on Wednesday posted a net loss for the first quarter because of higher costs and acquisition expenses.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Apple increases stock buyback

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon snares classic in HBO deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Advocates vow to revive Navajo Nation junk-food tax

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Jurors hear defendant’s audio of fatal shootings inside his home

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-SLA group member says university ending his job

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A former member of the radical 1970s group the Symbionese Liberation Army said Tuesday that the University of Illinois has decided not to renew his teaching contract.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


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