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Romney denies targeting classmates for being gay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for "stupid" high school pranks that may have gone too far and moved quickly to stamp out any notion that he bullied schoolmates because they were gay. His swift response reflected the Republican presidential candidate's recognition that his record on gay rights is under heightened scrutiny following President Barack Obama's embrace of gay marriage.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Young adults ignore skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Biden apologizes to Obama over comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shortly before President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the president for comments that led him to speed up his public pronouncement.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


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BACHMANN BECOMES A CITIZEN OF SWITZERLAND: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Rural post offices dodge closure bullet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama voices his support for same-sex marriage brings cheers from gay supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Romney stands by his opposition to gay marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Mitt Romney on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Texas inmate gives Obama a run in WVa primary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - As he tells it, Keith Russell Judd is a Harvard-educated musician and activist whose mother was a 1920s actress and father a designer of the first atomic bomb. He is also inmate No. 11593-051 at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Lugar loss: Lessons for Obama, Romney

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - President Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, can take a few lessons from veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in Indiana's GOP primary.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Support for Afghan war at new low

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Milwaukee mayor to face Walker in recall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic primary Tuesday in Wisconsin's historic recall election, leaving him with a short four weeks to make the closing argument that Republican Gov. Scott Walker should be booted from office after 16 contentious months on the job.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Colorado reaches impasse on civil unions

DENVER (AP) - Chants of "shame on you" from gay rights supporters thundered through the Colorado House on Tuesday night after Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty said legislation to allow civil unions won't get a vote.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


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ROMNEY WINS KEY NOVEMBER SWING STATE IN NC: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina voters overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and the chance to face President Barack Obama in November.

May 08, 2012 | | Nation


Teen's sweet prom dress made of Starburst wrappers

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan teen put together one sweet prom dress, thanks to the help of classmates who collected thousands of Starburst wrappers for her.

May 08, 2012 | | Nation


Al-Qaida bomber was CIA informant

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA had al-Qaida fooled from the beginning.

May 08, 2012 | | Nation


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FEDS: WOMAN SENT NUDE PHOTOS OF SON, 4, TO BOYFRIEND: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones to deliver packages

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Tobacco firms in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


2nd judge wants info on lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Police back off on plan to take explicit photograph of teen boy

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Utah may drop daylight saving time

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah residents said Thursday that officials should reject daylight saving time and join Arizona and Hawaii as the only states that don't adjust their clocks.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag undercover car

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Whoops!

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Portman considering ‘16 presidential bid

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 - at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Prostitute in Google case linked to 2nd death

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

HOT SPOT: YELLOWSTONE ROAD MELTS, SITES CLOSED: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ earns 19 Emmy nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Emmy voters may need to steel themselves to sort through this year's top nominees: a macabre, medieval-style tale; a meth kingpin and his violent downfall; a bleak mystery about detectives tracking a ritual killer, and a heartbreaking saga of the AIDS epidemic's roots.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Improper payments by feds top $100B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


First singing, then tragedy at camp

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - More than 100 young campers sang songs, read stories and prayed in an open-air pavilion, as they did each night at the River Valley Ranch camp. Then, the sky began to darken and a light rain began to fall.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


John Wayne heirs sue Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


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