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NY probes driver's license scam

NEW YORK (AP) - New York drivers apparently cheated on hundreds of tests to operate the most vulnerable vehicles on the road - from trucks hauling hazardous materials to school buses - and eight commercial drivers have been charged so far, state and federal officials said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Strange for effort to target sex ads hits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source - conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Haunted house puts underwear on 'naked event'

READING, PA (AP) - Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Comic assaulted man over tweet

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - A standup comedian faces assault charges after a physical altercation with a journalist in the audience that was documented on Twitter.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN, 102, GETS HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA : PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


US citizen gets 25 years in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-shutdown bill advances; fight still looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Twitter launches emergency alerts for smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


BP damaged sea-floor life for miles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


'Cruz effect' further empowering grass roots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success and boiled down to largely political performance art. But in Texas, the combative style his 21-hour speech demonstrated could be transformative.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gun group plans shotgun giveaway

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gun group is offering free shotguns to residents in Florida, billing it as a way for people to protect themselves against crime.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOME AND STOCK VALUES BOOST US HOUSEHOLD WEALTH: WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obamacare premiums unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

September 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems.

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Former Seattle IRS agent to face trial on bribery charge

SEATTLE (AP) - A former IRS agent in Seattle is set to face trial this week on accusations that he solicited and received a $20,000 ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Officer sues estate of teen he shot

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


700 ALARMS DAILY

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) - When this Long Island village switched on its "ring of steel" last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


High-speed rail back in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


How Trump took on the NFL

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Bromance over: Trump and Cruz go at it

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (AP) - Once a bromance, now a brawl.

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Phoenix council subs opening prayer for moment of silence

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before meetings with a moment of silence, preventing a scheduled ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Indicted Texas anti-abortion activist offered probation in case

HOUSTON (AP) - One of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has been offered probation to settle the ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


School kisses Valentine’s Day and other holidays goodbye

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota elementary school has kissed Valentine's Day goodbye. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Judge refuses to throw out sexual-assault case against Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A judge refused to throw out the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Paying criminals not to commit crime

WASHINGTON (AP) - They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Online school swatting threats increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona, the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton wins Iowa, race turns to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


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