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Sprinkles in California, but won’t ease drought

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Areas of Southern California are getting hit with some sprinkles today, but not enough to ease near-record drought conditions.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Mall gunman was avid skater

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Obama could go around Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brutal cold returns to Midwest for extended stay

CHICAGO (AP) - A persistent weather pattern driving bitterly cold air south out of the Arctic will cause temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky to plummet Monday, turning this winter into one of the coldest on record in some areas.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Crocodile takes 12-year-old Aussie boy, mauls another

DARWIN, Australia (AP) - Rangers resumed hunting Monday for a four-meter (13-foot) crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in northern Australia.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Gang member gets 31 years for raping lesbian

MARTINEZ, (AP) - A Richmond gang member has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for joining the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Student shot to death outside SC State dorm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Singing or sinking? Bieber hits new low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than a year, Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer's music career has taken a backseat to his wild boy antics, and a new arrest for a DUI charge marks a new low for the Grammy-nominated pop star.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Small fire near Tahoe contained

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Firefighters hiked an hour through nearly a mile of thick brush early Friday to snuff out a small wild land blaze near Lake Tahoe, where authorities are bracing for an early start to a potentially dangerous fire season in the Sierra.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

OCCUPY PROTESTER OWES OREGON CITY MORE THAN $7,000: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman in a photograph that became a defining image of the monthlong Occupy Portland encampment owes more than $7,000 for legal expenses from her unsuccessful lawsuit against the Oregon city.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Clogged pipe brings arrest in NJ casino fake-chips case

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Talk about a royal flush!

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Woman on trial in pal's killing, fetus theft

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts woman accused of beating and strangling her pregnant friend, then cutting the fetus from her womb, will face a jury next week almost five years after the gruesome crime.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Natural gas locomotives: Cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES THREATENING CALLS: LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Columbine High School, where a school shooting left 13 people dead in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls, law enforcement said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


3 dead, 20-plus hurt in I-94 pileup

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - About 30 vehicles, half of them semitrailers, collided amid whiteout conditions in a massive highway pileup that left three people dead and more than 20 others injured - at least one critically - in northwestern Indiana, police said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Mississippi Senate favors allowing armed security

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Asked to choose between a Christian spirit of peace and a "God-given right" of self-defense, Mississippi senators Tuesday overwhelmingly favored the latter.

March 29, 2016 | | Nation


Rhode Island tourism video features Reykjavik, Iceland

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Maybe the state should be called Rhode Iceland.

March 29, 2016 | | Nation


Ebola meth? Police joke nets drug arrest

DALLAS (AP) - The joke has shown up on some police department Facebook pages: Anyone in possession of methamphetamine or other illegal drugs should stop by ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Man shot by police after drawing weapon at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police shot a man on Monday after he pulled a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as spring tourists thronged Washington, authorities ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Murder charge filed against man in Indiana toddler’s death

SPENCER, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana man drank whiskey with the uncle of a 1-year-old girl and then waited until the family fell asleep before abducting ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Hospital works to reduce opioids in ER

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Mark Rosenberg doesn't need to go to his job as chairman of emergency medicine at New Jersey's busiest emergency ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Bison returning ‘home’

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Tea party activists hail ruling vs IRS

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the IRS for alleged targeting in ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


Punish people for texting while walking?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Jared Schumacher is among the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who routinely use electronic devices to text, listen to music ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


Trump’s phone interviews in spotlight

NEW YORK (AP) - In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump's fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


Rolling Stones deliver historic free concert

HAVANA (AP) - Rock legends the Rolling Stones strutted and sang before hundreds of thousands of jubilant Cubans in Havana on Friday, delivering a historic concert ...

March 26, 2016 | | Nation


Syracuse edges Gonzaga for spot in Elite 8

CHICAGO (AP) - Every part of it paid off for Syracuse. The Orange learned and persevered during a trying season.

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Title shot against Kovalev looming for Andre Ward

OAKLAND (AP) - It's seems a foregone conclusion that Andre Ward will get his long-anticipated shot at unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev later this ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Stanford stuns Notre Dame in regional semifinal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Stanford's party crashers spoiled Notre Dame's bid for a sixth straight Final Four appearance.

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Spieth, McIlroy, Day advance to weekend

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Jordan Spieth had water on his left and a solid wall of fans on his right on his way to another comfortable ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


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