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2-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED AT PA. ZOO EXHIBIT: PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 2-year-old boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo was killed Sunday morning when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on top of to view a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the child and mauled him, police said.

November 04, 2012 | | Nation


Red Cross carries on despite storm-response flak

NEW YORK (AP) - It happened after the 9/11 terror attacks, after Hurricane Katrina and now, once again, after Superstorm Sandy: The American Red Cross takes flak for its response to a major disaster.

November 04, 2012 | | Nation


Rivals stress differences and bipartisanship hopes as judgment day nears on Tuesday

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Two days from judgment by the voters, President Barack Obama raced through four far-flung battleground states on Sunday while Mitt Romney ventured into traditionally Democratic Pennsylvania, seeking a breakthrough in a close race he mused aloud he might lose.

November 04, 2012 | | Nation


Obama leads Romney in hunt for all-important electoral votes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama enters the final hours of the 2012 campaign with an edge in the hunt for the 270 electoral votes needed to win and more ways to reach that magic number. Yet the race is remarkably close in at least six states that could go either way, giving Republican Mitt Romney hope that he can pull off a come-from-behind victory.

November 04, 2012 | | Nation


Officials counter reports on Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon provided more details Friday of the military response to the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as questions continue to swirl ahead of the presidential election about the government's response to the attack, detailing the troops that were dispatched to the region, even though most arrived after the fighting was over.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


NYC Marathon off, Miami player donates to relief effort

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Marathon is off, and a marathon ride into the city prompted Dwyane Wade to help those still dealing with the horrendous aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


The fight for votes in Pennsylvania: Is it a pivotal state?

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - Rip Scott regrets his 2008 presidential vote for Barack Obama. The 60-year-old real estate company owner is going home to his Republican Party this year. Here in Philadelphia's suburbs where Pennsylvania political fights can be won or lost, Scott's reversal is the evidence Mitt Romney is looking for to merit his sudden, eleventh-hour sortie into the state.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

NEW YORK (AP) - Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Fuel shortage means gridlock in lines for gas

NEW YORK (AP) - When it came to fuel supplies and patience, the New York metro area was running close to empty Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Pastor charged with killing fiancee's daughter

BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - As police frantically worked to figure out how his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter had vanished, a Michigan pastor who had turned to God to shed his violent past went to his flock with a request: pray for her.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


US officials: No delays in rescue effort in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday, as they laid out a detailed timeline of the CIA's immediate response to the attack from its annex less than a mile from the diplomatic mission.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Storm-wracked states prepare for Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Exasperation builds on in storm-stricken NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Frustration - and in some cases fear - mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy. Traffic backed up for miles at bridges, large crowds waited impatiently for buses into Manhattan, and tempers flared in gas lines.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE CALLED FOR SHOT WOMAN FIND HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama were called to what looked like a woman shot dead in her car but found a Halloween reveler they described as drunk and passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


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14 charged in meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) - Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Boy shouldn’t have been executed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


US, Cuba patch torn relations

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Killing shows strict police vetting needed

DENVER (AP) - The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don't always dig deeply enough into recruits' pasts.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Guilty verdict in exchange student’s death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Uber says it will focus more on safety

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ release

NEW YORK (AP) - Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) - BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

NEW YORK (AP) - Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man gets 7 years for mailing bomb to Arizona sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) - An Oklahoma man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff in a plot to frame a former business partner.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation


Congress votes to extend tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition is being held in jail while facing a gun possession charge his lawyer calls shocking.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sued over shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) - The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation


Retired officer gives autism safety

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder.

December 16, 2014 | | Nation


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