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Democrats ‘consultant slams Romney’s wife for not working; Obama defends rival’s wife

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House - and President Barack Obama himself - rushed into a damage control campaign Thursday to blunt the impact of a Democratic consultant's suggestion that Ann Romney isn't qualified to discuss the economy because she "hasn't worked a day in her life."

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


West prepares for dangerous fire season

DENVER (AP) - The West's 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor, day and night, to tame the blaze - and other states throughout the West took notice.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


GSA interns treated to conference at resort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional interns often work out of storage areas or even in hallways, but the General Services Administration interns fared much better.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘White House: Failed NKorean launch 'provocative'

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a rocket launched by North Korea failed moments after being fired, but the Obama administration still described the launch as a "provocative action" that threatens regional security. It said it has lost confidence in Pyongyang and would carry out its threat to halt a planned delivery of food aid to the communist country.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored police dispatcher warning to not confront teen

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him not to.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


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MARC ANTHONY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM JENNIFER LOPEZ: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marc Anthony has made his breakup from Jennifer Lopez official by filing for divorce months after the superstar couple announced their separation.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GOP lawmaker: 75-plus Dems are communists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Allen West said he believes 75-plus House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, a claim that echoed Joe McCarthy's unsubstantiated 1950s charges that communists had infiltrated the top ranks of the U.S. government.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GSA spent millions in relocation costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The General Services Administration inspector general was told the agency spent as much as $330,000 to move an employee from Denver to Hawaii, an example of millions of dollars wasted in relocation costs.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Second degree murder charge brought in Trayvon Martin case against Zimmerman

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Court says Texas sperm donor owes no child support for woman’s kids

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - For four years, a North Texas bodybuilder and former police officer has waged a court battle in California against a woman who sued him for support of children born to her from sperm he donated.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Tennessee bill on evolution and teaching to become law 87 years after Scopes trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennesee's Republican governor says he will let a bill become law effective April 20 that protects teachers who allow students in their classrooms to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum drops out, clearing the way for Romney for GOP nod

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the long and hard-fought battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his "against all odds" campaign as Romney's tenacious conservative rival.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


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CONN. BOY, 6, KILLED HELPING DAD WITH WOOD CHIPPER: SALEM, Conn. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation was killed Tuesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper, state police said.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case; says he is ignoring them

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The Trayvon Martin case took a bizarre turn Tuesday when George Zimmerman's attorneys quit, complaining that they have lost all contact with him and that he called the prosecutor and talked to a TV host after they told him not to speak to anyone.

April 10, 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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