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JUSTICE WON'T PROSECUTE HOLDER FOR CONTEMPT : WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Remains of 2nd person found amidst Colorado fire wreckage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters searching for bodies in the roughly 350 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where earlier another person was discovered dead.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


More changes coming as Obamacare phases in

Lots of big changes in the 2010 health care law have yet to take effect. Here's how they are to unfold:

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


:What does the health care law mean for you?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Free vaccines for kids, cheaper drugs for the elderly and many other benefits of President Barack Obama's health care law are already out there. More are coming, like a guaranteed right to buy health insurance even for patients with serious medical troubles. Many businesses and wealthy taxpayers, however, will see their costs go up.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season bragging rights on what may be their biggest economic achievement before the November elections.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Effort to boost governor's tax hike on ballot draws lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An effort to give Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot has drawn a lawsuit by a rival tax campaign.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


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NM MOM JAILED FOR OVERDUE 'TWILIGHT' BOOK, DVDS: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book "Twilight" and two-DVD set "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" back to the library on time.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


A look at the ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul affects nearly every American, because the law itself is so vast. A look at what it does and what's to come:

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Small biz: questions, waiting after health ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - A big worry for small businesses that were against the Obama administration's health care law was that it would increase their costs. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld it, some small companies could opt to go a route that will save them thousands of dollars each year.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Health care law survives with conservative Justice Roberts' help

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's historic health care overhaul, certain now to touch virtually every citizen's life, narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the improbable help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Highways-student loan deal poised for votes today in House of Reps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders pushed a sweeping highways-student loans package salvaging millions of construction jobs and maintaining low interest rates on millions of new college loans toward a House vote Friday even as conservative groups mounted a last-minute and likely futile campaign against it.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


It’s official: Stockton is largest city in US history to file bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stockton has filed for Chapter 9 protection, making it the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Heat wave: 1,000+ records fall in a week

NEW YORK (AP) - Feeling hot? It's not a mirage. Across the United States, hundreds of heat records have fallen in the past week.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


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TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF STARTING TO EAT DOG ARRESTED: WACO, Texas (AP) - Bond has been revoked for a Texas man who police say killed and starting eating his housemate's dog after chasing a neighbor on his hands and knees while growling.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


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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


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17% by hauling 8% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Workforce layoffs are becoming rare

WASHINGTON (AP) - The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) - Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama slams company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


California AG to help illegals get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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