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COURT RULING ON ILL. GUN BAN SETS STAGE FOR FIGHT: CHICAGO (AP) - Backers of Illinois' ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the nation's last such prohibition as unconstitutional and ordered the state to craft a law allowing it.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Christie: My weight no bar to presidency

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is "more than a little" overweight - but fit enough to be in the White House.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


10 arrested in cybercrime ring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ten people have been arrested as part of an investigation into international cybercrime rings that steal millions of computer users' credit card, bank account and other personal information, the FBI said.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Marine who died in Iraq won't get Medal of Honor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The secretary of defense has denied a request to upgrade a fallen Marine's Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor, a San Diego congressman's office said Wednesday.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Whites no longer a majority in US by 2043

WASHINGTON (AP) - White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That's part of a historic shift that already is reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


At least 1 dead in Portland area mall shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A gunman opened fire in a Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding an unknown number of others, sheriff's deputies said.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Court strikes down Illinois' concealed carry ban

CHICAGO (AP) - In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal - and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Florida executes ex-cop for killing 9 in 1986

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

KAYAKER DIES IN SHASTA COUNTY CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Cannon used to shoot drugs into US

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country - a cannon.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

ARIZ. HOME: 'DITTO' TO NEIGHBOR'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman who knew she couldn't compete head on with her neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Va. gas line explodes, burns homes and roads

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least an hour, melting guardrails and pavement on a swath of Interstate 77.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Parents fight for release of son jailed in Mexico. shotgun barrel is inch too short

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that he carried across the border a shotgun with a barrel that's an inch too short.

December 11, 2012 | | 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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