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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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A look at 5 common Social Security myths

I probably could write a column called "The Top 100 Social Security Myths." But that would fill up half of the website you are looking ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Court nixes class action suit over TGIF’s drink prices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A lawsuit that began over a $1.59 discrepancy for a drink at TGI Friday's cannot proceed as a class ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


For first time, drone delivers package to residential area

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Household spending, home building fuel modest US growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Baby seal found 4 miles from water

FREMONT (AP) - Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Manteca educator Dunbar is Woman of the Year

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, honored Manteca educator Tammy Brecht Dunbar as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 12th Assembly District.

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Employers fight rule for more transgender rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Big companies are pushing back against proposed federal rules they say would require their medical plans to cover gender transition and other services ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Google helps offer vastly faster Internet in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) - Google is opening a cutting-edge online technology center at the studio of one of Cuba's most famous artists, offering free Internet at ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


FDA adds boldest warning to most widely used painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely prescribed painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to stem ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Site offers concert experience to those outside the arena

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen's generous gesture to snowbound followers this winter was the first time many music fans became aware of Nugs.net ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Trump offers foreign policy details

WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting doubts about the depth of his knowledge of world affairs, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump delivered a sober speech to a pro-Israel ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Teen killed in ‘game’ involving bow-and-arrow

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was killed when he was struck in the head while playing a game of "dodging arrows" at a ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Austin police to fire officer who fatally shot nude teen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked 17-year-old last month will be fired, Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Monday.

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Police: Boy playing with gun Shoots friend, 13, in the face

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy was charged Monday with killing a 13-year-old boy after shooting him in the face while they were playing ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Man arrested for punching protester is Air Force member

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man captured on video kicking and punching an anti-Donald Trump protester at the presidential candidate's rally in Tucson on Saturday ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


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