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Former 'Rat Island' has whole new look

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Conservationists and federal wildlife officials are reporting success, five years after undertaking an effort to eradicate rats from a remote Alaska island.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

$14K DONATED TO OHIO FOUNTAIN CHANGE THEFT SUSPECT: BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - More than $14,000 has been donated online to help a western Ohio woman who said she stole change from a courthouse fountain to buy food and was charged with petty theft.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


WWII vet honored with military medals

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn't want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed in full regalia - even if it was with a fistful of long-overdue medals he waited decades to receive.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Missouri switches to new execution drug

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Department of Corrections said Tuesday it is switching to a new lethal injection drug, less than two weeks after the governor halted executions until it could find a replacement for the anesthetic propofol.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada schoolyard shooting terror

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Students cowered in fear and pleaded for their lives as a 12-year-old Nevada boy went on a schoolyard rampage with a handgun he brought from home, waving the weapon at frightened classmates and shooting a math teacher in the chest on a basketball court.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Builders of website saw red flags

WASHINGTON (AP) - Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Texas dad alleges bullying in 91-0 prep football game

Texas dad alleges bullying in 91-0 prep football game

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


7 inmates escaped via forgery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - At least seven inmates in Florida have used forged documents in attempts to escape from prison, including two killers who were mistakenly freed because of the paperwork, authorities said Tuesday.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Utah police arrest man who drove up State Capitol steps

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Troopers used a stun gun to subdue a man who drove his pickup truck up the west steps of the state Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Hawaii surfer throws punches to escape shark

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went toe-to-fin with a shark off Kauai and survived.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


The Run Down

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

ACLU SUES OHIO CITY OVER SIDEWALK MESSAGES BAN: TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Defiance in northwest Ohio, alleging the city's ban on sidewalk messages shouldn't apply to chalk messages and violates free speech rights.

October 22, 2013 | | Nation


Love is in the air and on the Web

NEW YORK (AP) - Online dating is shedding its stigma as a refuge for the desperate, but people who use sites such as Match.com and eHarmony are still in the minority.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA spy program reporter promises more bombshells

DENVER (AP) - The journalist behind stories about the National Security Agency's global spy program promised Monday that there are many more to come, including details about the United States spying on its own citizens.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


Cemetery reneges, removes Iraq veteran’s SpongeBob gravestone

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Iraq war veteran's towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone has been removed from her final resting place because officials at the historic Cincinnati cemetery deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


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Police: Car dumped into river during divorce flap

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


5th teen dies from school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - A fifth teenager has died as a result of a Washington state high school shooting two weeks ago that began when a student opened fire in the cafeteria.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN BRANDED 'SELFIE STALKER' SUES NANCY GRACE: DENVER (AP) - A man who was quickly branded a "selfie stalker" after his picture turned up on a crime victim's cellphone is suing television commentator Nancy Grace for defamation, saying she refused to stop airing his photo even after authorities had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


American freed by North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK (AP) - The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian deaths spark concern in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists following a recent string of fatalities they say could have been prevented with better design and more education.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Tunica hosts Twinkie eating contest

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Joey Chestnut will seek to defend his title today at the 2014 World Twinkie-Eating Championship at the Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

November 08, 2014 | | Nation


Dispute erupts at White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


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