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Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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‘Subway guy’ Jared was key in chain’s healthy image

NEW YORK (AP) - Subway said Tuesday it mutually agreed with Jared Fogle to suspend their relationship after the home of the chain's longtime pitchman was raided by federal and state investigators.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


Netflix sets release dates for slate of original films

NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix's upcoming slate of original films will begin rolling out with Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" in October and Adam Sandler's "The Ridiculous Six" in December.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


Hacker attacks gambling sites, demands Bitcoin ransom

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A hacker shut down four New Jersey Internet gambling sites for half an hour last week and threatened more cyberattacks over the holiday weekend unless a ransom was paid using the online currency Bitcoin, authorities said Tuesday.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


US trade deficit widens in May as exports struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - With the start of New York's medical marijuana program still months away, patents and caregivers of children with neurological conditions gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to demand early access to the drug.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Panel to review Orange County DA’s use of jail informants

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office has formed a special committee to review its use of jailhouse informants following misconduct allegations that have sidetracked some criminal cases.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


UCSD sues USC, scientist, alleging conspiracy to take data

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A lawsuit filed by the University of California, San Diego, accuses a prominent Alzheimer's disease researcher of conspiring with eight colleagues to take research data and other assets with them when they moved from UCSD to the University of Southern California.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung forecasts 4% drop in 2Q profit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. forecast lower-than-expected profit for the April-June quarter in a sign that the recovery in its smartphone division hasn't been as strong as expected.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


‘Inside Out’ emerges atop ‘Jurassic World’ in final tally

NEW YORK (AP) - Three weeks after opening, Pixar's "Inside Out" has finally slayed the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World."

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Oil tumbles 8%, points to low gas prices this fall

NEW YORK (AP) - A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


No suspect in $75,000 Wal-Mart theft

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) - Investigators were working Monday to identify a man who took more than $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart after disguising himself as an armored truck driver.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Starbucks: Prices for some drinks to go up by 5 to 20 cents

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Search for 3 missing after capsize resumes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Daria Raymore stared into the Ohio River, praying a shoe would float by, or a wallet, or some sign of the people she loved who were swallowed by the muddy, rushing water when their pontoon boat capsized.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


$1.3 million settlement in infant death

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. government will pay $1.3 million to the family of a baby who died at a Hawaii military hospital, according to a settlement announced Monday in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


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