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Man heavily armed & calling himself 'a joker' threatened shooting up business

PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) - Calling himself "a joker," a Maryland man with an arsenal of guns threatened to shoot up a business he was being fired from, and was wearing a T-shirt that said "Guns don't kill people. I do" when police confronted him, authorities said Friday.

July 27, 2012 | | Nation


Chick-fil-A sandwiches now a political symbol

ATLANTA (AP) - All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political statement.

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


Some medics idled for 20 minutes after Colorado movie massacre

DENVER (AP) - As police officers pleaded for all available medics to converge on the scene of the Colorado movie theater massacre last week, a two-man ambulance crew and their rig were idling just a few miles away.

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


National drought rapidly intensifying

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating, a new report warned Thursday, as state officials urged conservation and more ranchers considered selling cattle.

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

THE VALLEY

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren't averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard.

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


NBC tops $1 billion in Olympics ad sales despite weak economy

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC said Wednesday that it has topped the $1 billion mark in advertising sales for the Olympic Games beginning this week in London.

July 26, 2012 | | Nation


GOP puts Obama on defense for a bit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Relentless GOP criticism of a 12-day-old remark about business owners has taken a campaign toll on President Barack Obama, forcing him to defend himself and giving Republican Mitt Romney a break from steady attacks.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Sound Bites

HEALTH

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Suspect described killings in package to University of Colorado

DENVER (AP) - The university once attended by a man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater confirmed on Wednesday that it received a suspicious package two days earlier that was turned over to authorities, but it wouldn't confirm its contents or sender.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Many drugs remain legal that can give users high after 'bath salts' ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - People are inventing so many new ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Skydiver Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles up

ROSEWSELL, NM (AP) - Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


New Tonto, familiar feelings for Native Americans

SEATTLE (AP) - Gyasi Ross grew up decades after the "Lone Ranger" aired on TV, but his friends would still call him "Tonto" when they teased him.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Fear prompts gun sales, panic after massacre

DENVER (AP) - Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sued by disabled over payment machines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Disability rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retail giant refuses to make payment machines accessible to customers who use wheelchairs and scooters.

July 25, 2012 | | Nation


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FBI: Radio-controlled plane bombs plot

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Moroccan man in Connecticut who allegedly expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building has been arrested by the FBI and detained without bail, federal authorities said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Woman guilty in hammer-beating death

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tech, biotech stocks take a beating

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Regulators require stronger bank capital

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Target pushes sustainable products

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Construction worker shortage feared

DENVER (AP) - The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Donations pour in for mom facing charges

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Chili’s nixes autism event

NEW YORK (AP) - Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Olympians say selfies were stopped

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Gains in health insurance sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Attorney general Harris engaged to be married

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to marry an attorney from Los Angeles after a yearlong courtship, it was announced Monday.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• TROOPER: WOMAN HIT 123 MPH WITH KIDS IN BACKSEAT: SACO, Maine (AP) - Police say a woman was arrested for driving at 123 mph on the Maine Turnpike with her two children in the backseat.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Petkovic wins Family Circle Cup for tennis

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Andrea Petkovic remembered why she started playing tennis and along the way gave everyone else a reminder about how talented she is when she's at her best.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


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