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Watchdog 'disturbed' agency withheld documents

WASHINGTON (AP) - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Once-mighty Detroit files for bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) - Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Lightning strikes injure 10 in Colo., 3 in Montana

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) - Nine people working at a Colorado farm were injured by a lightning strike Thursday, two of them critically and four seriously, a fire official said.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


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POLICE: SHOPLIFTING FLA. MOM THREW BABY AT DEPUTY: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida woman she threw her baby at a deputy as she tried to escape when he tried to confront her about shoplifting.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Teen faces aiding terrorists charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists is facing federal charges.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Mitsubishi blamed in nuclear plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison took an initial legal step Thursday to try to collect millions, or possibly billions, of dollars in damages from the company that built defective equipment that pushed the seaside San Onofre nuclear power plant into early retirement.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


3-legged donkey: A lesson for veterinarians

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Emma the miniature donkey runs around the barnyard and kicks playfully like most any animal her size. But she lacks one thing: A right hind leg.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Not forcing nursing care isn't neglect

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the guardian of an elderly Pierce County woman was not negligent when she didn't force her into a nursing home against her wishes.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Dead stars colliding eons ago forged all of the gold found on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Mayor to New Yorkers: Take the stairs

NEW YORK (AP) - After nudging New Yorkers to stop smoking and eat better, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is working on getting them to take the stairs more often.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Boy dies after becoming wedged amid furniture

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A 5-year-old Ohio boy with cerebral palsy became wedged between furniture and suffocated to death while playing at his home with his twin brother, who also has cerebral palsy and couldn't free him, authorities said Wednesday.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

POT PIPE DELIVERED WITH KIDS MEAL AND BURGER KING: DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) - Police say a family found a marijuana pipe inside a Kids Meal bought for a 4-year-old boy at a Burger King restaurant in southern Michigan.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Schools sell trash bags instead of candy

NEW YORK (AP) - When Beth Hendrickson first proposed selling garbage bags instead of candy as a school fundraiser, "people laughed at us."

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


House votes to delay parts of health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday to delay core provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


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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


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


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