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POLICE: 'HERO' SAVED OTHERS IN SEATTLE SHOOTINGS: SEATTLE (AP) - Someone inside an artsy Seattle cafe where a gunman opened fire threw stools at the assailant during a shooting rampage police described as "callous, horrific and cold," a move that allowed others to run to safety.

May 31, 2012 | | Nation


Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court over benefits

BOSTON (AP) - A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

May 31, 2012 | | Nation


House passes veterans funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday to boost health care spending for veterans and provide more money to compensate record numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans claiming service-related disabilities as they return home.

May 31, 2012 | | Nation


NYC proposes ban on large sodas at restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) - Want to super-size that soda? Sorry, but in New York City you could be out of luck.

May 31, 2012 | | Nation


Edwards acquitted on 1 count, mistrial on others

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - John Edwards' campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial Thursday when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

May 31, 2012 | | Nation


Odd politics, presidential tradition: Bush back at White House with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - This is a little awkward.

May 30, 2012 | | Nation


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POLICE: ANGRY CUSTOMER HITS TACO BELL WITH TRUCK: HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Police in southwest Ohio say a customer angry over not getting a taco he ordered struck a Taco Bell restaurant's glass entrance with his truck. No one was injured.

May 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama congratulates Romney on GOP nod

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on winning the Republican nomination on Wednesday, just as the Democrat's campaign opened a new critique of Romney by focusing attention on his economic record as governor of Massachusetts.

May 30, 2012 | | Nation


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ROMNEY CLINCHES GOP NOMINATION WITH TEXAS WIN: WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals.

May 29, 2012 | | Nation


Elaborate Portland marriage proposal goes viral

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Isaac Lamb acknowledges that his five-minute, block-long choreographed build-up to a marriage proposal has upped the stakes for everyone who follows.

May 29, 2012 | | Nation


Man convicted of NJ webcam gay spying apologizes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Rutgers University student openly apologized for the first time on Tuesday for using a webcam to spy on a romantic liaison between a man and a roommate who later killed himself, saying he regrets his "thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices."

May 29, 2012 | | Nation


Even police shocked by gore in face-mauling attack in Miami that left man in critical condition

MIAMI (AP) - It is being called one of this city's goriest crimes: A naked man was on top of another nude man along a busy highway, biting into the man's face, tearing it to pieces. A police officer arrived to help, but the mauler growled at him and continued to chew away, stopping only when he was shot to death.

May 29, 2012 | | Nation


Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away - the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Witness says naked attacker was chewing man's face

MIAMI (AP) - A witness says a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man on a downtown highway ramp kept eating and growled at a police officer who fatally shot him to make him stop.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


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School gunman was Homecoming prince

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


NBC Universal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Lava threatening homes

HONOLULU (AP) - A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Google exec sets near-space leap reCords

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud - even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


UPS expects double- digit surge in shipments

DALLAS (AP) - UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


What you need to know about massive auto air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Officers in Arizona shoot man armed with machete

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police in a Phoenix suburb fatally shot a machete-wielding man Thursday after he rammed a patrol car in a stolen truck, injuring an officer.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Hatchet-wielding suspect killed by New York officers

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


3 dead, 1 hurt in Maryland air crash

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - An airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near a Maryland airport before crashing into a line of trees and a self-storage business Thursday afternoon, killing three people but sparing two men in the plane, who deployed a parachute attached to the aircraft before it hit the trees.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Gunman wanted Mideast passport

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - He seemed lost, "did not fit in," had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya - or Syria - but became agitated when he couldn't get a passport.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Border deaths drop to 15-year low

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


New York doctor has Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) - An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


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