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Billionaire hides $25M from IRS; gets praised by judge for donations

CHICAGO (AP) - The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won't go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years' probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


South Dakota business aims to combine bullets and beer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Bullets and beer long have been part of the lore in Deadwood, the western South Dakota gambling town where Wild Bill Hickok met his demise during an 1876 poker game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Texas school district closed amid water dispute, $58K overdue bill

LA VILLA, Texas (AP) - Schools are closed in a one-stoplight South Texas town after the city shut off their water amid a dispute over the bill.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Judge gives Chicago 6 months to OK gun sales law

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hotline fields 17 calls on Utah fertility clinic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The suspect is dead, the fertility clinic where he reportedly replaced a customer's sperm with his own no longer operates, and the clinic left behind no records that might show the extent of the scandal, the University of Utah said Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MAN FINED AFTER PACKERS-BEARS STUN GUN BET: JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video of pot plants leads to arrest

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Funeral held for teen who had aging disorder

SHARON, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, attended the funeral Tuesday of a Massachusetts teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vigil follows New Mexico school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Pregnant, brain-dead woman's husband sues

DALLAS (AP) - The fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after the woman's husband sued the hospital keeping her on life support against his wishes.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Google buying Nest Labs for $3.2B

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

VERMONT SETTLES WITH MAKER OF MISLABELED VERMINTS: BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont reached a settlement with VerMints, a company that mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex- cop accused in fatal shooting over texting

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Did felon switch sperm at clinic?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Judge OKs pact ending desegregation payments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


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Paving ‘Iran’s path to the bomb’

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Firefighters wake up to smoke in station, then battle blaze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Firefighters are used to alarms in the middle of the night, but the smoke doesn't usually come to their front door.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-CIA chief admits sharing secrets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives - while she was working on the book.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Nitrogen gas executions approved

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


New Mexico students boycott tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Tourist it by piece of Alaska glacier dies

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Oral surgeon pulls wrong teeth

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Couple charged with locking up kids, abusing them

ASTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Spacecraft visiting dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA (AP) - A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Court strikes down California’s sex-offender blanket lifetime ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State corrections officials cannot impose blanket lifetime restrictions on where sex offenders may live, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case challenging a voter-approved measure that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


United Airlines won’t accept rechargeable battery shipments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries of the kind that power everything from smartphones to laptops to power tools.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN TAPED WOMEN IN FITTING ROOMS, SHARED ON PORN SITES: WAYNE, Pa. (AP) - A man sneaking around on his hands and knees videotaped dozens of naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country's largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites, police said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


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