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Lawmaker fires gun in Capitol office, calls it mistake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Giffords completes skydive on shooting’s 3rd anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Websites won't bill to remove mug shots

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Waitress says she got meth tip

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FOREST SERVICE SEEKS $6.3M FROM MAN FOR WILDFIRE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-officers charged in disability scam

NEW YORK (AP) - One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another claimed his depression was so crippling it kept him house-bound, but he was photographed aboard a watercraft, they said. A third man who said he was incapable of social interactions manned a cannoli stand at a street festival.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

CHICAGO (AP) - Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on gun sales unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Jobless bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Going to pot: Too many growers for Wash.?

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Just 1 in 4 young teens meet USA fitness guidelines

CHICAGO (AP) - Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Polar air brings single-digit cold

ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


Cohabitation gains, shotgun weddings fade

WASHINGTON (AP) - No longer taboo, living together has become a more common arrangement for America's couples who become pregnant while dating.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


Group unveils Satan statue design

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Jewish family fights museum over art looted by the Nazis

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


OC prosecutors may be removed from murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office, criticized in a recent appellate court ruling for a systemic failure to protect defendants' rights ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Ex-tenant: Warehouse often frigid, lacked water

OAKLAND (AP) - Shelley Mack says she didn't know the converted Oakland warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" was an illegal residence until after she ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Firm sold turf product after learning of defects

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - The country's leading maker of artificial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


More private college presidents top $2M in pay, research finds

BOSTON (AP) - Presidents of eight private colleges in the U.S. were paid more than $2 million in 2014, the most ever to hit that ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) - A wooden box containing Fidel Castro's ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Gun-rights backers vow to ‘go on offense’ under Trump

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Trump continues to defend call

NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump continued to use Twitter Sunday to defend his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Thousands attend Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of rain-drenched revelers gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


3 more bodies found in Tennessee wildfire; toll at 7

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Miami exiles rally for Cuba freedom after Castro death

MIAMI (AP) - Hundreds of Cuban exiles in Miami rallied Wednesday for freedom and democracy on the communist island following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Prosecutor clears officer in man’s death, says man was armed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A prosecutor on Wednesday cleared a Charlotte police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge abortion restrictions in 3 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Taking the offensive after Election Day setbacks, Planned Parenthood and its allies filed lawsuits Wednesday in North Carolina, Missouri and Alaska challenging ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Invasive strep outbreak claims lives of 4 Alaskans

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four Alaskans have died this year in an outbreak of invasive strep bacteria that has mostly affected the homeless and Alaska Natives ...

November 29, 2016 | | Nation


Drug-resistant salmonella linked to calves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A multistate outbreak of salmonella bacteria that is resistant to several drugs has been linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in ...

November 29, 2016 | | Nation


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