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It’s official: Mitt Romney gains Republicans’ nod for president

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man American needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

August 28, 2012 | | Nation


Photos scrutinized in Alaska bear mauling probe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The grizzly bear stares at the camera with a look that appears ominous in the last photograph snapped by Richard White just before the animal mauled him to death in Alaska's Denali National Park.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

NEW YORK (AP) - Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


Man killed while trying to create Bigfoot sighting

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A man dressed in a military-style "ghillie" suit and apparently trying to provoke reports of a Bigfoot sighting in northwest Montana was struck by two cars and killed, authorities said.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


GOP convention protests in Tampa muted, small in stark contrast to 2008

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - There have been no speeches inside the convention hall and it's nearly as quiet outside, too.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MEXICAN PRESIDENT-ELECT STEPS INTO US MURDER CASE: McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Mexico's president-elect asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to evaluate the murder case of a Mexican woman who was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the death of a Texas boy.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


Utah NBC affiliate won't air TV show about gay couple

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah won't air an upcoming sitcom about a gay couple that invites a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby because the station deems the content inappropriate for its audience.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


Family of alleged school shooter "horrified"

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) - A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school Monday, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said.

August 27, 2012 | | Nation


GOP: Show will go on in spite of Tropical Storm Isaac’s threat

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tuesday's brunch with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and House Speaker John Boehner has been moved indoors. Schedules were rearranged to fill an open Monday evening. Sandbags were in place outside the hotel housing the 800-strong California delegation.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


To hero-astronaut Neil Armstrong moonwalk 'just' a job

CINCINNATI (AP) - Neil Armstrong made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


Lawmakers want Ariz. border fence started

PHOENIX (AP) - Members of the Arizona Legislature's border security advisory committee want the state to begin building a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico even though it has raised only a fraction of the needed money.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


American Taliban seeks group prayer in prison

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


Despite Isaac's soaking, Keys residents laid back as South braces for hurricane

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


Romney touches 'birther' issue he avoided before while making a joke

COMMERCE, Mich. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, jokingly declaring "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Civilians hurt in Empire State gunfire incident highlight dangers of crime scenes

NEW YORK (AP) - The nine people believed injured by stray police gunfire outside the Empire State Building were not the first to learn how dangerous a crowded street can be in a gunfight.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


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Internal review: CIA spied on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blasts kill 25, injures 267 in Taiwan port

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Dow index plunges by 317 points

NEW YORK (AP) - For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Signed ticket from Gehrig’s last game: $95K

NEW YORK (AP) - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration issue produces disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people sued the federal government Thursday alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their citizenship and green card applications.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self

CHICAGO (AP) - A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla posts loss, prepares factory site

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado tightening edible pot rules following death

DENVER (AP) - Alarmed by booming sales of highly potent edible marijuana products, Colorado regulators have drafted an emergency rule making it easier for new users to tell how much pot they're eating.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing kids

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP scrambles for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


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