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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


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Dems taking another run at blocked memo on probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI's Russia investigation to ensure ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Police: Washington man raped dying woman, texted photos

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 19-year-old Washington state man, who police say raped a high school student as she died from a drug overdose and texted ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Mayor defends fire company’s choice of sex offender as chief

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town is standing by its volunteer fire company's re-election of a registered sex offender as ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Voodoo adherents worry about backlash after recent crimes

BOSTON (AP) - Two separate crimes against children in recent days have one haunting similarity: authorities have pointed to Voodoo rituals as a possible motive.But ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Police: Boy in ambulance hit by driver now fighting for life

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - An ambulance carrying a young boy to a hospital for treatment was hit early Sunday by a drunken driver in North ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Police had previously gone to home where officers killed

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Ohio had previously gone to the home where a man fatally shot two police officers for three domestic disputes but no ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Man arrested in woman’s death says victim hired him

DENVER (AP) - A man arrested in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Colorado woman told investigators she hired him to kill her, court records said.

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Trump support vital as Congress tackles immigration issue

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


School science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Cyclist killed, another injured in Tour de Palm Springs

INDIO HILLS (AP) - A car seen driving down a road at twice the speed limit barreled into cyclists racing in California's Tour de Palm ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


Crisis drives harder look at aging dams

OROVILLE (AP) - One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation


All sides claim budget win; immigration fight looks tougher to resolve

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation


USA’s flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation


Trump won’t declassify Demo memo on probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing national security concerns, the White House on Friday formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is "unable" to declassify ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation


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