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Jail guard admits affair with murder convict

NEW YORK (AP) - A former jail guard pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she had sex behind bars with an inmate convicted of gunning down two police officers in cold blood - a man her lawyer says she still cares about and who fathered her baby boy, named Justus.

July 03, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio tea party to use IRS to fight Medicaid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tea party activists in Ohio want to turn an enemy - the Internal Revenue Service - into an ally as they fight continued efforts to expand Medicaid.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


UnitedHealthcare to stop selling individual plans in California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A second health insurer notified state regulators Tuesday that it will stop selling individual policies in California.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


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PROSECUTORS ATTACK ZIMMERMAN STORY SEVERAL WAYS: SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A judge tossed out a detective's statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant's self-defense claims.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Mom settles suit over poppy seed drug test

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Obama delays major health law requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Hotshot who survived Ariz. fire served as lookout

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The lone survivor on an elite Arizona firefighting crew was serving as a lookout and relaying key information to his colleagues when a raging wildfire trapped and killed them, officials said Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Investigators to examine why Ariz. blaze killed 19 firefighters

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Fire crews battling a wildfire should identify escape routes and safe zones. They should pay close attention to the weather forecast. And they should post lookouts.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women in USA

ATLANTA (AP) - Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Philly dad is convicted in baby's drug death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man charged with putting heroin and methadone in his infant son's bottle to quiet him, but instead killing him, was convicted Tuesday of third-degree murder.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Intuit sells financial services unit for $1.03B

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Intuit is selling a division that provides software to financial institutions in a deal worth about $1.03 billion as it focuses on products for consumers and small businesses.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


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6-YEAR-OLD BOY RIDES 3 MILES ON VAN ROOF IN ALASKA: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 6-year-old boy climbed on top of his parents' minivan and rode it for three miles down a highway before he fell off and suffered cuts and bruises.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Lady Liberty reopening July 4, months after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) - Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio woman cites diet pills in sex abuse

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio woman blamed diet supplements after police accused her of filming herself sexually abusing her young daughter and emailing the videos to others, police records showed Monday.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


McDonald's franchise to offer more pay options

NEW YORK (AP) – A McDonald's franchise promised to give employees more payment options after it was sued by a former employee who said she was charged a fee to access her wages from a debit card.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


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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


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


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking fallout puts all firms on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Volatile online prices stump shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


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