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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MINN. SODA SHOP REBUKED FOR STOCKING CANDY SMOKES: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff looms: Kicking the can, Washington-style

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FILM FANS HAND HOLLYWOOD RECORD CASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges help students scrub online footprints

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Samantha Grossman wasn't always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


More meth labs showing up in cities, suburbs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in the nation's cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Politics: Many 2012 fights to carry over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is slowly digging out of its deepest economic hole since the 1930s. And if nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


2012 fashion styles that turned our heads

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Health care tax hikes may be just a start

WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Gun support runs far deeper than politics

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Adam Lanza's mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Firemen’s killer left chilling note, deaths at 3 after Christmas Eve attack

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Christmas storms blamed for two deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


LA-area homeless man set on fire as he sleeps

NORWALK (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a donut shop in southern Los Angeles County.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama likely to curtail holiday trip

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


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Diabetic heart attacks & strokes falling

NEW YORK (AP) - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Fake abduction in park outrages bystanders

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) - Police are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Teen pees in reservoir, Portland dumping 38M gallons of water

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Armed robber was never told to report to prison 13 years ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged with marathon hoax

BOSTON (AP) - The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds Snowden email firm contempt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Research finds signs of brain changes in marijuana smokers

NEW YORK (AP) - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks growing medical debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-radiology tech filed false mammogram results

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Death toll in Washington rises to 37

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - One more victim was recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The person's name has not been released.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration activists urge Obama to act

WASHINGTON (AP) - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Supremacist faces murder charges

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


First women move into artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Man who disrupted Supreme Court gets time served

WASHINGTON (AP) - A demonstrator who interrupted arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in February and whose group posted video of the protest online, a first for the court, has been sentenced to time served.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


NYPD ends Muslim surveillance effort

NEW YORK (AP) - A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


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