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PAROLEE ARRESTED IN THEFT OF GOLD RUSH JEWELRY BOX: OAKLAND (AP) - Police have arrested a 45-year-old parolee in connection with the theft of a Gold Rush-era jewelry box from the Oakland Museum of California.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


'Sinkhole season' has only just begun in Florida

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - As crews entombed a man who was swallowed by a sinkhole near Tampa, the earth opened up again just a few miles away. On Tuesday, in a neighboring county, officials investigated reports of a home cracking, perhaps due to another sinkhole.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fiery Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country's vast oil wealth to his political advantage.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-DEA heads, UN panel urge US to nullify pot laws

CHICAGO (AP) - Eight former U.S. drug chiefs warned the federal government Tuesday that time is running out to nullify Colorado and Washington's new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use, and a United Nations agency also urged challenges to the measures it says violate international treaties.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Thieves grab cash boxes from Scouts' cookie booths

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Two Tucson-area Girl Scout troops were crime victims as thieves grabbed and ran off with the troops' cash boxes from cookie sales.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Judge to school: Cheerleading not a sport

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has again ruled that competitive cheerleading, despite some upgrades, is not a sport, and says Quinnipiac University must remain under an injunction that requires the school to keep its women's volleyball team.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Your chances of dying by 2023?

CHICAGO (AP) - Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Officials alarmed by increasing superbug reports

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are reporting an alarming increase in some dangerous superbugs at U.S. hospitals.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Natural gas vehicles making inroads

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it sold a record 11,600 natural gas vehicles in its 2012 model year, more than triple the number it sold in 2010.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


GOP's anti-tax focus trips Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans' unyielding stand against income tax increases has caught President Barack Obama and his allies off guard, resulting in the spending-cuts-only approach to deficit reduction that Democrats most wanted to avoid.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon to furlough 15,000 teachers, cut commissary time to reduce costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little said Monday the department will manage the process so the schools don't lose their accreditation.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


NY high school raises $489K with marathon dance

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - The 710 students from South Glens Falls High School danced for more than a day: Conga lines, "Gangnam Style," giddy-ups, hand jives and the Harlem Shake. Then, flushed and weary, the teens showed why this is a dance marathon with a difference.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

MASS. POLICE DOG DIGGING IN SNOWBANK FIRES GUN: LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Police say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Declining life span for some American women

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama nominates 3 to Cabinet-level posts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


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New law allows ‘unlocking’ cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Concerts on Yahoo make best of struggles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Internal review: CIA spied on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blasts kill 25, injures 267 in Taiwan port

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Dow index plunges by 317 points

NEW YORK (AP) - For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Signed ticket from Gehrig’s last game: $95K

NEW YORK (AP) - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration issue produces disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people sued the federal government Thursday alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their citizenship and green card applications.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self

CHICAGO (AP) - A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla posts loss, prepares factory site

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


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