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Adults get 11 percent of calories on an average day from fast food

ATLANTA (AP) - On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Student desk chairs ditched for yoga balls

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - In 11 years of teaching, ditching students' desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions Robbi Giuliano thinks she ever made.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Live Twitter surgeries hit with public

HOUSTON (AP) - Amy Shireman logged into Twitter early Wednesday to join thousands of people from 60 countries watch live something she had experienced but never seen: a baby boy delivered by cesarean section, in all its graphic imagery.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers taking, passing AP exams move up

NEW YORK (AP) - As Advanced Placement exams have expanded to a more diverse group of high school students, more failures and lower average results seemed almost inevitable. But recent high school graduates seem to be bucking the trend: For the first time on record, average scores, the percentage passing and top scores are all increasing.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in campaign case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


S. Ind. School to apologize for racist costumes

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Administrators at a southern Indiana school district planned to apologize for costumes students at a predominantly white middle school wore to a basketball game, sparking allegations of racism.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Striking back against China cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Panel: Detroit is in financial emergency

DETROIT (AP) - A state-appointed review team has determined Detroit is in a financial emergency, paving the way for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to appoint an emergency manager who would need to come up with a new plan to get the city out of its fiscal crisis.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Defense seeks new trial in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy said in documents unsealed Tuesday that his prosecution was "predicated on a lie," and that they intend to file a motion for a new trial.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


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


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Miniature dachshund 56 pounds lighter now

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Ferguson police chief resigns

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Warm February takes toll on snowpack

SEATTLE (AP) - Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Soldier who was victim advocate admits organizing prostitution ring

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army officer admitted to a military tribunal Wednesday that he betrayed his role at Fort Hood as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by organizing a prostitution ring at the sprawling Central Texas base.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


FTC sues DirecTV, alleges hidden fees and deceptive ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Powdered alcohol gets OK

NEW YORK (AP) - A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Utah allows death by firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Passing cars pick up some pot bales tossed from fleeing SUV

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona sheriff's department says some of the marijuana bales that suspects tossed out of an SUV during a high-speed chase last week got picked up by passing vehicles.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Chance of California mega-quake increases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


ACLU sues NSA over Internet spying

BALTIMORE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the National Security Agency and the Justice Department on Tuesday, challenging the government's practice of collecting personal information from vast amounts of data harvested directly from the Internet's infrastructure.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Man who fatally stabbed K-9 gets up to 44 years

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man whose fatal stabbing of a K-9 prompted Pennsylvania lawmakers to stiffen the penalty for harming police animals has been sentenced to up to 44 years in prison.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Midday kidnapping attempt thwarted

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a man caught on surveillance video running down a sidewalk with a toddler in his arms, with the boy's two young siblings screaming and chasing behind him, in what officials in the tiny town of Sprague, Washington say was a failed kidnapping.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


3 credited with rescuing motorist whose clothes caught on fire

GATES, N.Y. (AP) - Mike Peters was headed to his job driving veterans to and from outpatient services when he saw a man engulfed in flames "from his waist to above his head" while standing alongside a suburban Rochester, New York, road.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


More people are quitting jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Quitting your job - all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession - is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


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