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Scrabble player caught cheating at national event

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - One of the top young Scrabble players in the country has been kicked out of the game's national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught hiding blank letter tiles, organizers said Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


Officer, gunman among 3 killed in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The family of a gunman killed in a shootout near the Texas A&M campus that also left two other people dead Monday afternoon say they are "distraught by the havoc that he has caused."

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Charlotte welcomes Democrats and national coverage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Much was made about Charlotte emerging on the big stage when Democrats awarded their 2012 national convention to the city last year. But the tidy city of gleaming skyscrapers built with money during the flush years of banking is more in its middle age, trying to reinvent itself without cutting all the ties to its big cash past.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


'Onion Field' killer dies in California prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired the true crime book and movie "The Onion Field," has died in prison at age 79, authorities said Monday.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Deputies: Florida woman & adult son stole $2M in toys from Toys R Us stores

MIAMI (AP) - A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


JFK security is breached by man who swam ashore after jet ski ran out of fuel

NEW YORK (AP) - In an era when airline passengers can't get past a checkpoint with a bottle of shampoo, security experts were shocked Monday by the case of a man who swam ashore, scaled a fence and walked dripping wet into Kennedy Airport despite a $100 million system of surveillance cameras and motion detectors.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Mayo Clinic: Jackson has bipolar disorder

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


F-bomb makes it into mainstream dictionary

NEW YORK (AP) - It's about freakin' time.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Box News

RABID BEAVER ATTACKS NY MAN SWIMMING IN PA. RIVER: PINE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader from New York who was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in the Delaware River is recovering.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Drug caravan to visit more than US cities in bid to end war on drugs

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A coalition calling for an end to the war on drugs began its monthlong campaign Sunday in San Diego that will take it to more than 20 U.S. cities.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


Sikh temple holds first service since attack

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - Hundreds of people who gathered at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee spoke of unity, strength and rebirth during the first Sunday service there since a gunman killed six people before fatally shooting himself.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


Tea party achieves state policy victories

ATLANTA (AP) - Tea party activists in Georgia helped kill a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised billions of dollars for transportation projects. In Pennsylvania, tea partyers pushed to have taxpayers send public school children to private schools. In Ohio, they drove a referendum to block state health insurance mandates.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity

CHICAGO (AP) - Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


Romney seeks distance from Ryan's budget plans; cheered by large crowds

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - Cheered by the biggest crowds of his campaign, Republican Mitt Romney declared Sunday that 42-year-old running mate Paul Ryan is ready to be president, but said his own budget plan, not the more detailed proposals of his partner, will be the basis of his White House bid.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


Storied 101st Airborne marks 70th anniversary with active duty, veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - After months of grueling road marches through the north Georgia mountains, a group of elite paratroopers had to put their training to the test in a trial by fire. They leapt from an airplane, bullets whizzing past parachutes and shrapnel pelting the plane's side panels.

August 12, 2012 | | Nation


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Foster baby dies after being left in hot car

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital gunman intended to kill others

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds Fla.’s docs vs. glocks law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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