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Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

CHICAGO (AP) - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor sours on property sale to Vt. governor

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Soon after the successful real estate investor built his McMansion on a rural dirt road here outside Vermont's capital, he began throwing his wealth around, striking a deal to bail out his neighbor from a looming tax sale by buying the man's property for a quarter of its appraised value.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chance for sibling 1st at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal is become the back half of the first set of sibling champions in National Spelling Bee history.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Controversies add to Obama's frustrations

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$1M BAIL FOR MAN ACCUSED IN BABY-FREEZER CASE: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Twister debris would create mile-high pile

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


7 charged in $6B online money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling it perhaps the biggest money laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUSTOMERS SETTLE BILLS FORGOTTEN IN BOSTON BLASTS: BOSTON (AP) - Amid the chaos and fear in the moments after the Boston Marathon explosions, many restaurant customers fled without settling their tabs.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. paid welfare benefits to the dead

BOSTON (AP) - The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Man who disrupted flight says he's bipolar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine for more than a year..

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


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With pot legal, festival trying to go mainstream this month in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Organizers of Denver's annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year's event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


FDA OKs 1st hay fever allergy immunotherapy tablet to replace weekly doctor office shots

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fort Hood gunman kills 4, inures 14

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials said.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


High court loosens reins on big campaign donors by 5-4 vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Student fell to death after eating pot cookie

DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student visiting Denver on spring break jumped to his death after eating a marijuana cookie that his friend legally purchased in one of Colorado's recreational pot shops, authorities said Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Newtown residents want gunman’s house torn down, turned into park

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Quest to ID remains brings mystery

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities and lives of the 29 people known killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Dad who fired into air, killing girl, gets 6 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Quest to ID remains brings mystery

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities and lives of the 29 people known killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Three-fourths of US: Pot will be legal

DENVER (AP) - Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


GOP budget slashes spending, aid to poor

WASHINGTON (AP) - A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, but its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Yahoo adds more online security

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


New Siri-like Windows Phone feature

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


NASA cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine except on space station

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Chile’s magnitude 8.2 shaker causes little damage pr deaths

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) - Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


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