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Debt limit overtaking shutdown as crisis focus for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN SPAGHETTI SAUCE STICKUP: MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A 53-year-old woman accused of using cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a bank has pleaded guilty.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


Boston bombing victims learning to run again

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow "Boston Strong" hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Boy boards plane at Minn. airport without ticket

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


DA: Motorcyclist had key role in NYC SUV brawl

NEW YORK (AP) - A motorcyclist accused of smashing a window and catalyzing a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and an SUV driver was arraigned Sunday on gang assault and other major charges, which his lawyer said were overblown.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Shutdown ruins vacations, hurts towns

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you're likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

October 05, 2013 | | Nation


Prospect for quick end is remote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital as passers-by rushed over to help put out the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Midwest storm: Snow & tornadoes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


$150,000 raised for honest homeless man

BOSTON (AP) - The honesty of a homeless man who handed a lost, cash-filled backpack over to police has inspired more than $150,000 in donations to a fund set up in his honor, the fund's organizer said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Web fuels dangerous weight-loss goal

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Bible & beer combine for men's study group

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) - In between a sip or two of beer, a group of men delved deeper into the Bible at a bar off Route 67 last week.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


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Killings of 2 officers trigger backlash

NEW YORK (AP) - Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier design gets approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is closer to having a long-debated, $76 million suicide barrier installed to stop dozens of people each year from jumping to their deaths from the San Francisco icon.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Man told to pay $1.5M for card fraud

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery - stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

MIAMI (AP) - Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Christie wants cop killer returned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Rally against police shuts down part of mall

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

BERNE, N.Y. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Traffic deaths fell 3% in 2013

DETROIT (AP) - Driving is getting safer.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama : Sony ‘made a mistake’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


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