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Obama picks outdoor retail exec to lead Interior

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice for interior secretary is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who likes to bike, ski and climb mountains.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Christie to ex-White House doc: 'Shut up' about worrying he’ll die due to weight

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at a former White House doctor who said she worries about him dying in office because he is so heavy, telling her to "shut up."

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Boy Scouts delay decision on gays

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


1865 baseball card fetches $92K in Maine auction

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts to save $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Lawmakers to get classified drone info on attacks targeting American citizens

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified legal advice providing the government's rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Frail teen found cuffed in parents' basement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities found a frail 17-year-old boy handcuffed to a pole in his parents' Kansas City basement, where he said he'd been kept since his father withdrew him from school in September.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

COPS: MOM PULLED GUN AT CONN. CHUCK E. CHEESE'S: NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut mother has posted bail after being charged with pulling a gun and threatening another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.

February 06, 2013 | | Nation


Christie puts weight issue on the table

UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie, who has acknowledged to Barbara Walters he's "more than a little" overweight and munched on a jelly doughnut on David Letterman's talk show, is addressing his weight issues head-on as speculation intensifies he's positioning himself to run for president in 2016.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon extending benefits for gays

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, U.S. officials said Tuesday, about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


World's longest cat Stewie dies in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stewie the Cat, the longest domestic cat in the world at more than 4 feet long from nose to tail, has died.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Decline in carbon pollution from power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heat-trapping gases from U.S. power plants fell 4.6 percent in 2011 from the previous year as plants burned less coal, the biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution, according to a new government report.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Most Facebook users take a break

NEW YORK (AP) - Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Woman stabbed beau 25 times with heel

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON (AP) - New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Mudslide missing drops to 22

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Washington state say they believe 22 people are still missing in the deadly Washington state mudslide that has killed at least 24 people.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Blast rocks Washington gas plant

SEATTLE (AP) - A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring four workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Glitches slow health care sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Soda sales in US decline at faster pace

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• COUPLE HITS IT BIG IN LOTTERY 3 TIMES: PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple is averaging more than $1 million a week in lottery winnings.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


City awaits ruling on moment of prayer

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - At their most recent monthly meeting, the five members of the Greece Town Board took their seats, gaveled to order and moved quickly through the regular opening agenda:

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Quake forces evacuations in south state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Test rules out heart attacks in the ER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


No system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE (AP) - People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


US, Russia talks fail to end deadlock

PARIS (AP) - The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Mormons gather for historic women’s meeting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon women gathered around the world this weekend for what leaders called a historic meeting of the faith.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hopes fade of finding survivors

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Washington state officials all but abandoned hope Friday of finding survivors under tons of twisted, sodden earth as a community waited in anguish to learn the full scope of what is already one of the most devastating landslides in U.S. history.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


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