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Obamacare a success so far? It's hard to say

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - After more than a week in action, is a key feature of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul a success or a bust? Judging by the dearth of data, it's virtually impossible to say.

October 11, 2013 | | Nation


Boy, 11, found guilty of murder conspiracy

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) - An 11-year-old boy was convicted Friday of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in a fifth-grade plot that targeted a female classmate.

October 11, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

ZOOKEEPER IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI KILLED BY ELEPHANT: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri was killed Friday morning when he was crushed by an elephant, a spokeswoman for the city of Springfield said.

October 11, 2013 | | Nation


Did Castro die from autoerotic asphyxiation?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide after all but an ill-fated attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities said in a report issued Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


Judge tells man he's still legally dead

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - A man who disappeared decades ago is finding out there's no easy way to come back from the dead.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


Missing organs fuel outcry over teen's death

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a Georgia teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school said Thursday that they have a new reason to suspect signs of foul play were covered by investigators - their son was buried without his internal organs.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


Some national parks could reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government shutdown continues with some glimmer of hope for those who would like to visit the nation's national parks: The Obama administration said it would consider offers from the states to use their own money to pay for park operations.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


Indictment: Ga. teacher with HIV molested teen boy

ATLANTA (AP) - A south Georgia elementary school teacher accused of engaging in sex acts with a teen while knowing he was HIV-positive has been indicted by a grand jury.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN TOO DRUNK TO GET OUT OF CAR CALLS 911: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A woman is charged with felony drunken driving after police in Billings, Mont., say she called 911 and said she was too drunk to get out of her vehicle.

October 10, 2013 | | Nation


Jupiter-bound craft runs into problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Jupiter-bound spacecraft hit a snag Wednesday soon after it used Earth as a gravity slingshot to hurtle toward the outer solar system, but mission managers said it's on course to arrive at the giant planet in 2016.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


School superintendent carried gun to school

TIOGA, ND (AP) A school superintendent in North Dakota who resigned after being caught carrying a handgun to school said Wednesday that he worried about the safety of himself and others at the school because of a confrontation with a student.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


GOP weighs short-term debt limit hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-cop killed after firing at courthouse

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A retired police officer armed with an assault weapon and a handgun fired up to two dozen shots at a U.S. courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before police returned fire and killed him, authorities said.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


Expert: Mom, baby deaths put TB back on the radar

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The winning battle against tuberculosis in the United States may, ironically, be part of the reason why the disease wasn't detected in a young Las Vegas mother and her baby until it was too late, experts said.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


Charity to pay military death benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.

October 09, 2013 | | Nation


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Farmers say slugs are a problem, but what to do?

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SCHOOL AIDE BARRICADED SELF IN CLASSROOM; TOOK OFF CLOTHES: LEMON GROVE . (AP) - Authorities say an afterschool program assistant kept 14 children inside a California classroom while appearing to be hallucinating on drugs.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Senator Reid retiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Teen girl locked in basement

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Racist chant learned during cruise

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


22-day-old baby girl starved to death

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer says kidnapping wasn’t a hoax

VALLEJO (AP) - The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine - Arnold Schwarzenegger - are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own - the publicity kind.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) - A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


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