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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MINN. SODA SHOP REBUKED FOR STOCKING CANDY SMOKES: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff looms: Kicking the can, Washington-style

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FILM FANS HAND HOLLYWOOD RECORD CASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges help students scrub online footprints

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Samantha Grossman wasn't always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


More meth labs showing up in cities, suburbs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in the nation's cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Politics: Many 2012 fights to carry over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is slowly digging out of its deepest economic hole since the 1930s. And if nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


2012 fashion styles that turned our heads

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Health care tax hikes may be just a start

WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Gun support runs far deeper than politics

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Adam Lanza's mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Firemen’s killer left chilling note, deaths at 3 after Christmas Eve attack

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Christmas storms blamed for two deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


LA-area homeless man set on fire as he sleeps

NORWALK (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a donut shop in southern Los Angeles County.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama likely to curtail holiday trip

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


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Governor orders help for dry wells

FRESNO (AP) - Residents in drought-stricken California whose wells have gone dry will soon get help from key state agencies under an order Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.

September 19, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter parody plays differently in Peoria

CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.

September 19, 2014 | | Nation


Texas backs off booze sales at gun shows

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - After hundreds of negative responses, Texas officials appear to be backing off a plan to allow alcohol to be sold at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions.

September 19, 2014 | | Nation


No crime in fetus found in freezer case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - No crime was committed by a woman who told authorities she kept the remains of her miscarried pregnancy in a jar in the freezer for nearly a year, the coroner in Las Vegas said Friday.

September 19, 2014 | | Nation


Man urged victim to kill self via webcam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Busch Gardens removes decapitated heads

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Driver freed in crash commits suicide

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot breach affected 56M

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Chevron meets new shale drilling rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Business going on holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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