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Drug overdose deaths up 11th straight year; mostly from painkiller accidents

CHICAGO (AP) - Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Traffic deaths surged in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year, according to an analysis of preliminary state data, reversing a seven-year decline in which the number of annual traffic deaths reached their lowest level in more than six decades.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

10- MONTH-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN SALINAS FARM FIELD: SALINAS (AP) - Monterey County authorities say a 10-month-old girl's body has been found in a farm field near Salinas, just days after she was reported missing.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

CHICAGO (AP) - Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr, wife to appear today

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, are to appear in federal court today to answer criminal charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $43,350 gold watch, furs and celebrity memorabilia.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

GUN OWNERS GET A DISCOUNT AT VA. PIZZA SHOP: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Beach pizza shop owner is showing his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15 percent discount.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


WSJ: OfficeMax, Office Depot in merger talks

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are talking about combining their companies.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HAGEL'S GOP FOES SIGNAL VOTE SHOULD GO ON: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Letters from Lennon killer to NY cop on sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Letters from John Lennon's killer detailing his obsession with the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Russians investigate 3-year-old adoptee's death in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Russian authorities have blamed "inhuman treatment" for the death of a 3-year-old boy adopted by an American family, but Texas officials say they are still investigating claims that the child was abused before his death.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Long-missing WWII medals awarded in Los Angeles to soldier’s daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father - a heroic casualty of World War II - is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Hip implants a bit more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) - Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Coast Guard: Leak cause of cruise ship fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship at sea, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days, a Coast Guard official said Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Kids' suspensions trigger zero tolerance debate

NEW YORK (AP) - Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-SC Gov. Sanford mentions mistakes in ad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford does not shy away from the scandal that consumed the end of his second term in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Circus cited for hair-hanging stunt that injured 9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lava spares family headstone in cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

OHIO GIRL, 3, SHOT BY 4-YEAR-OLD BROTHER: LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.

November 03, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda completes skyscraper wire walks

CHICAGO (AP) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Terminally ill ‘death with dignity’ advocate dies by taking lethal drugs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state's assisted-suicide law took lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor and has died, a spokesman said Sunday.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


House Democrats mutter about less outside spending by special interests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmentalists, labor and women's groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors could be key on medical pot

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outcome of the measure.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal explosion in 2007

MOJAVE (AP) - The loss of an experimental spaceship that broke up over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another, has renewed criticism of the way the craft's designer and Virgin Galactic handled a deadly explosion seven years ago.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bear trap violators appealing convictions

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Reno woman intends to appeal her 30-day jail sentence for tampering with a bear trap after she and her mother became the first people prosecuted in Nevada for interfering with the capture of troublesome bears at Lake Tahoe.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


5 football players charged in assault

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Students isolated as expulsion alternative

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Judge suggests it’s OK for Redskins team to sue Indians

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


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