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HOLDER OF LUCKY POWERBALL TICKET A MYSTERY IN SC: LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - When they learned that a Powerball ticket worth $400 million had been sold at a gas station across the road, workers at Econ-O-Bug Termite and Pest Control said they had a few big, wishful dreams. But they didn't have the prized ticket in their hands, so they came to work as usual Thursday in their yellow bug-battling vans.

September 19, 2013 | | Nation


The truth: Government doesn't shut down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's the truth about a government "shutdown." The government doesn't shut down.

September 19, 2013 | | Nation


How can red flags be missed?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's sprawling system of background checks and security clearances is so unreliable it's virtually impossible to adequately investigate the nearly 5 million Americans who have them and make sure they can be trusted with access to military and sensitive civilian buildings, an Associated Press review found.

September 19, 2013 | | Nation


NY home trashed by partying teens

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax. Then he saw pictures of teenagers standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl bonus.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Mother assaulted; son, 2nd teen arrested

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Two teenage boys have been arrested in a bizarre sword attack on one teen's mother that reportedly included a discussion of killing the woman and eating her liver, a Spokane County sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targeted tea party after granting tax status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service continued to target conservative political groups even after approving their applications for tax-exempt status, a key Republican lawmaker said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Clicking 'Like' on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Clicking "Like" on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


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VIDEO CONFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FATAL DUI IN OHIO: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Confronted at a hospital by police who said he'd just killed a man, drunk driver Matthew Cordle was angry and in denial.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman didn't reveal homicidal thoughts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday visited two hospitals in the weeks before the rampage but denied that he was depressed or having thoughts of harming himself or others, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Lottery players could see more giant jackpots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - If it seems that giant lottery jackpots have people lining up at convenience stores more frequently, just wait: More big payouts could be coming.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The massive fire that destroyed part of a Jersey shore boardwalk and dozens of businesses began accidentally in wiring damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and should prompt coastal property owners to get their own equipment inspected for similar danger, officials said Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Damage tallies start as airlifts wane

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Tuesday, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


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TEXAS FOOTBALL PLAYER, 12, DIES AFTER ANT BITES: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A 12-year-old boy died after apparently having a severe allergic reaction to ant bites he suffered while warming up during halftime of a South Texas middle school football game, officials confirmed Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman told police he was hearing voices

WASHINGTON (AP) - A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Too edgy? Too tame? Gay pride parades spark debate

DALLAS (AP) - Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide. For many gays, who prize the events' edginess, the shift is unwelcome - as evidenced by bitter debate preceding Sunday's parade in Dallas.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds ...

September 04, 2015 | | Nation


Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


Cop fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

MILLIS, Mass. (AP) - An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


Pastor: Mass baptism on football field was voluntary

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said Thursday the school ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


Trump vows no third-party bid

NEW YORK (AP) - Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation


California data shows arrests racial disparity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and ...

September 02, 2015 | | Nation


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


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