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Iowa case asks: Is it a crime to harass animals?

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors hope to use a rarely enforced federal law to punish two Iowa pilots whose low flying disturbed thousands of resting migratory birds in a case that centers on this question: Is it a crime to harass animals?

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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KIMMEL'S FAT JOKES DON'T BOTHER CHRISTIE: PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says having a sexy television star seated beside him made it easier to absorb the fat jokes Jimmy Kimmel made at his expense during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal problems triples

CHICAGO (AP) - Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment regarding targeted companies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South Central region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


With an asterisk, World Trade Center is back on top in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City's tallest skyscraper on Monday. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Edwards’ fate hinges on ex-right-hand man and wife in corruption trial

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Andrew Young first saw John Edwards speak at an oceanfront hotel in 1998. He was captivated by the U.S. Senate candidate's speech and told his future wife Edwards was going to be president someday - and he was going to work for him.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama aide mum on whether US protecting escaped Chinese activist

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese activist on the eve of diplomatic talks between the two world powers.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Maine convents recruiting via Internet

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - When Sister Elaine Lachance devoted herself to a religious life straight out of high school in 1959, her religious order had more than a dozen convents in the U.S. with nearly 260 sisters.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


SUV plunges into Bronx Zoo grounds; 7 killed

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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• VT. HOUSE IN RESOLUTION: THANKS FOR THE M&MS: MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has passed a resolution thanking one of its members for the peanut M&Ms.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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Immigration eases up on minor traffic cases

April 27, 2012 | | Nation


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US TO REMOVE 9,000 MARINES FROM OKINAWA: WASHINGTON (AP) - About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Rebates from health care law will top $1billion for individual policy holders

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 3 million health insurance policyholders and thousands of employers will share $1.3 billion in rebates this year, thanks to President Barack Obama's health care law, a nonpartisan research group said Thursday.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Secret Service investigating misconduct on 2nd overseas trip

WASHINGTON (AP) - Expanding the prostitution investigation, the Secret Service acknowledged Thursday it is checking whether its employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama's visit last year to El Salvador.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States.

April 26, 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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