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Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Ice storm causes another traffic jam

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


uHUSBAND CITED FOR BASE JUMPING AFTER WIFE'S DEATH: ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Ranks drop after year of policy change

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Barbie to feature in this year’s SI Swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation

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West Point bans cadet pillow fight after 30 injured

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured this summer will be banned and actions are being ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Ohio State moves to end annual lake jump after student dies

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio State University announced Wednesday that it will move to end an annual lake jump after a student experienced a fatal medical emergency ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Man convicted of killing wife; posted Facebook photo of body

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Woman reports ‘dynamite’ text; passenger removed from plane

BALTIMORE (AP) - Four passengers were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore's international airport last week after a fellow passenger said she saw one ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Russia’s Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

MOSCOW (AP) - In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

No charges for man who left Ak-47 assault rifle at Utah Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man who left an unloaded semi-automatic rifle at the state Capitol as part of a protest against gun violence ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

French lawmakers extend airstrikes

PARIS (AP) - French lawmakers voted Wednesday to continue airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks that ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation


SUNNYVALE (AP) - Marissa Mayer's nearly four-year attempt to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

E. coli in salad vegetables

SEATTLE (AP) - Testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad that ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

California demands fixes for 16,000 more VW cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California air quality regulators on Wednesday demanded a recall of up to 16,000 additional Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesels as the ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

EPA moves to withdraw OK of controversial weed killer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Signed editions of Harper Lee novel

NEW YORK (AP) - How much is a signed Harper Lee novel worth? Her publisher is offering a special edition of "Go Set a Watchman" for ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Chicago officer charged with murder

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the ...

November 24, 2015 | | Nation

Obama and Hollande pledge solidarity against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State ...

November 24, 2015 | | Nation

Traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

DETROIT (AP) - After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call ...

November 24, 2015 | | Nation

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