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'BREAKING BAD' WINNER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Citizens come to aid of shot officer

PHOENIX (AP) - Police on Thursday commended the actions of citizens who offered help after an officer and another man were shot following the armed robbery of $18,000 from employees of a strip club.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bid to reduce Saudi man's sentence denied

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge on Thursday denied a Saudi man's request to return to his home country to complete his prison term for sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Is shale oil more explosive?

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Some workers set to reach $100K pay in Boeing deal

SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Confusion, relief mark start of new reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Real world study shows texting, & dialing while driving raises crash risk

ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


James Avery of ‘Fresh Prince’ television fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Marketing efforts target ‘young invincibles’

MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Legal recreational pot industry opens

DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


HP confirms higher layoffs expected

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• THIEF CARRIES 250-POUND SAFE OUT OF MASS. EATERY: WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


‘Selfie,' 'twerk' top annoying word list

DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.

December 30, 2013 | | Nation


Federal sign-ups pass 1 million mark

HONOLULU (AP) - The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

December 30, 2013 | | Nation


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Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Blue Bell ice cream is back.

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung unveils new circular smartwatch, but are apps available?

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is juicing up its smartwatch with a circular face and more battery life than the Apple Watch, but it's unknown ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Apple aims to boost mobile device sales with Cisco’s help

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is leaning on Cisco Systems' Internet networking expertise in its latest attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Court upholds Jesus statue on mountain

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


State Dept. releases 7,000 pages of emails, 150 censored

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department released roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails Monday, including about 150 emails that have been censored ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


‘Pigs in a blanket’ chant at Minnesota Fair riles police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An organizer behind the Black Lives Matter weekend march outside the Minnesota State Fair stood by the group's chant to ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


US judge acquits Chicago lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie

CHICAGO (AP) - A high-profile Chicago lawyer was acquitted Monday of coaching clients and witnesses to lie, with the federal judge who oversaw the rare trial ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Jury selected in murder trial for 13-year-old

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a 13-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy at a ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Tubman, Susan B. Anthony win support for redesigned $10 bill

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony were the names most mentioned Monday as women who should be considered for a ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


Boston mayor, city councilors seek hefty pay raises of up to $35,000

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's mayor and City Council are again looking for pay raises that could make them among the best compensated of comparable cities ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation


App helps Lake Tahoe researchers with citizen observations

NORTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting local residents, tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new ...

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


Professor sees meaning in garbage

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the ...

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


Global warming is carving changes into Alaska landscape in fire & ice

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - Thomas Demint's voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his ...

August 30, 2015 | | Nation


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