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Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

MIAMI (AP) - A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Last-minute shoppers get 1-day extension

CHICAGO (AP) - Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Father throws son, himself off building

NEW YORK (AP) - A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Monday.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

HOUSTON (AP) - He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat - though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Notre Dame's injunction request rejected

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge said he doesn't think the University of Notre Dame will succeed in its challenge to a federal health care law requirement that it provide students and employee health plans that cover birth control.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Utah epicenter for food storage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Health plan sticker shock ahead for some

CHICAGO (AP) - As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


BART, union leaders reach pact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of another commute-crippling transportation strike in the San Francisco Bay area receded on Saturday when officials for the region's transit rail system and negotiators for its two largest labor unions said they had resolved the latest sticking point in their months-long negotiations and reached a new contract.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Philanthropy, drinking mix at bar

HOUSTON (AP) - It's become a place where you can eat, drink and be merry - but also give to charity.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Louisiana town stand by reality TV family

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - "Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom uses social media to scatter son’s ashes

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - For 3 ½ years, a black stone urn of C.J. Twomey's ashes has sat on a shelf in his parents' Maine home, not far from the door he walked out of one beautiful April day shortly before shooting himself.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bear’s euthanasia at Tahoe prompts death threats

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe couple filed a police report saying they received numerous death threats and harassing messages after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and euthanized by Nevada wildlife officials.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Man, 3-year-old son dead in 53-story building fall

NEW YORK (AP) - A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

CHICAGO (AP) - The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Students protest gay vice principal's termination

SEATTLE (AP) - Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Houston man charged in crashes that killed boy, homeless man

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors are trying to recreate a path of destruction left this week by a driver who police say killed a 6-year-old boy and a homeless man in separate drunken-driving collisions only hours apart in Houston.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Shark kills woman, 65, off Maui

HONOLULU (AP) - A shark killed a 65-year-old woman in an attack off the shore of Maui on Wednesday, officials said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Court to rule on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian couples.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


‘Partridge Family’ child star Suzanne Crough, 42, dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake

HONOLULU (AP) - A park ranger used a Taser on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then arrested the man in front of several hundred people after telling him that flying an unmanned aircraft at a national park is prohibited.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Disney told to rehire workers who refused soiled costumes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the "Festival of the Lion King" show, an arbitrator ruled Monday.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher who criticized President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students has been removed from the classroom, pending her upcoming retirement.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Baltimore on edge: National Guardsmen take up positions

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore was a city on edge Tuesday as hundreds of National Guardsmen patrolled the streets against unrest for the first time since 1968, hoping to prevent another outbreak of rioting.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Mom talks about smacking son around during Baltimore riot

BALTIMORE (AP) - A mother who was caught on video smacking her 16-year-old son around after he threw objects at police said when they made eye contact, he knew he was in trouble.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Riot, looting prompt curfew in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher runs toward gunfire, tackles shooter

SEATTLE (AP) - A popular teacher being hailed as a hero for tackling a 16-year-old shooter inside a Washington state high school said he did what any other U.S. educator would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


Officers who used Taser eight times on disabled woman get prison

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Two former small town police officers in South Carolina were sentenced to prison time Monday for unnecessarily shocking a mentally disabled woman with a Taser at least eight times.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN GETS PRISON AFTER 4 DRUNKEN DRIVING ARRESTS IN 48 HOURS: PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man who racked up four drunken driving arrests in less than 48 hours is heading to prison.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


‘Batman’ killer studied brain disorders

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign.

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


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