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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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New federal rules for stream

WASHINGTON (AP) - New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands - and the drinking water of 117 million Americans - are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.

May 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher faces witness intimidation trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high school teacher charged with intimidating a student by pointing her out to classmates as the person who accused his co-worker of an inappropriate sexual relationship was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on witness intimidation charges.

May 27, 2015 | | Nation


Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.

May 27, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN ACQUITTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR BLOWING POT SMOKE: CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has acquitted a Chicago man of animal cruelty charges filed after the man posted a video of himself smoking marijuana with a chameleon.

May 27, 2015 | | Nation


Judge throws out evidence in FBI ruse

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out evidence collected by FBI agents who posed as Internet repairmen to get into Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms last summer during an investigation into illegal bookmaking, and is giving prosecutors until Friday to decide whether to drop criminal charges altogether.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Sanders kicks off Clinton challenge

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Woman held down husband in Vegas hatchet attack, police say

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day, police said.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case, 1 remains

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Ladybug prankster can’t walk

MORGANZA, Md. (AP) - Some seniors at a Maryland school aren't feeling lucky, despite ladybugs that swarmed the halls.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Appeals panel won’t lift hold on Obama immigration action

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Taco Bell switching from fake to real black pepper

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Charter buying Time Warner Cable

NEW YORK (AP) - As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Olive Garden pushing breadstick creations

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Battle over bears heats up at Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


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