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ILLINOIS AMTRAK TRAIN HITS 111 MPH IN TEST RUN: JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Texas Bar sues ex-DA in wrongful murder conviction

HOUSTON (AP) - The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other written evidence in the case of a man who served nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. fans upset after Madonna uses guns in show

DENVER (AP) - Some Colorado fans are upset after music superstar Madonna used guns during a performance in a community that is still raw from a mass shooting at a local theater and a violent summer that includes the unsolved slaying of a 10-year-old girl.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Scout abuse files release sparks interest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The online release of files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse has created interest among Americans who want to know who the alleged abusers are and whether people who molested them as Scouts are in the files.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run between St. Louis & Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph on Friday.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


3.4 percent of USA adults are LGBT

NEW YORK (AP) - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Social media sensation dies of cancer at age 13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lane Goodwin, a small-town boy who won a huge Facebook following for his thumbs-up attitude about his cancer, has lost his battle with the disease.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


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October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Gunman kills 3, self in salon shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said. After the rampage, the gunman went to a friend's house and killed himself.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Official proposes bullet tax in bid to curb Chicago crime

CHICAGO (AP) - As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm - an effort that has national gun-rights advocates already considering a legal challenge.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Tallest man in US gets custom-made tennis shoes

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - It was a tall order to fill, but the tallest man in the United States now has his own custom-made tennis shoes.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

DIAPER ODOR GETS MOM, BABY KICKED OFF SEATTLE BUS: SEATTLE (AP) - A woman is complaining to the public transit authority that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


25 displaced as fire claims ND town

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Bucyrus has been all but destroyed by a wind-fueled wildfire that displaced its 27 residents, prompting an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, officials said Thursday.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, saying the school district's ban on the practice appears to violate the students' free speech rights.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said.

October 17, 2012 | | Nation


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Grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video: Police officer shot boy seconds after encountering him

CLEVELAND (AP) - The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Feds cancel wolf-killing derby

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


FBI agents, police officer shot

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Researchers discover ‘pre- cancers’ in blood

ATLANTA (AP) - Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" - a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer - stout - these guys have just the thing for you.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DRIVER IS LUCKY DOG FOOD DIDN'T CRUSH HIM: FIFE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Washington state say a semitruck driver is lucky he wasn't crushed by 50-pound bags of dog food when he fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a ditch and spilled the kibble.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Family blasts prosecutor’s handling of case

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses burned to the ground.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Teens ran high school prostitution ring

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a "prostitution ring" and that one 15-year-old boy had been "pimping out girls," according to an arrest affidavit.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

BOSTON (AP) - A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Lawyer had sex with captive girl, 14

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia lawyer had sex several times with a 14-year-old girl in the conference room of his downtown office after former clients holding her captive brought her there during business hours, authorities said.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Recipient of double arms happy to hug

BOSTON (AP) - A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Killing suspect had past abduction arrests

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man suspected of abducting and killing a Colorado single mother who led a double life as a paid escort served time in prison for two kidnapping cases involving his former wife.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman who faked son’s cancer gets probation

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights in jail.

November 25, 2014 | | Nation


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