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Reality TV, religion give birth to top baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reality TV is giving birth to some of the most popular baby names. No, not Snooki. But Mason, as in Kourtney Kardashian's son, jumped 10 spots to become the second most popular name for newborn boys in 2011.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

• Teen arrested after homework left at crime scene : OREM, Utah (AP) - An 18-year-old Utah man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after police say he left his homework at the crime scene.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DOG CUSTODY BATTLE COSTS NYC MAN MORE THAN $60,000 : NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has spent more than $60,000 in lawyers' fees trying to win custody of his dog after his ex-girlfriend took the pooch to California.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Obama trying to undermine Romney's record on jobs in campaign blitz

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama tried Monday to tarnish Mitt Romney as a corporate titan who got rich by cutting rather than creating jobs, opening a new effort to undercut the Republican's claims that his background of business success is just what America needs in a time of deep economic uncertainty.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Minnesota grand jury indicts right-to-die group

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman, prosecutors announced Monday.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


NJ airport: Security supervisor used dead man's identification for 20 years

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Nigerian man used the identity of the victim in an unsolved murder to hide his status as an illegal immigrant while working undetected for two decades as a security guard and then a security supervisor at one of the United States' busiest airports, authorities said Monday in announcing his arrest.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Native American women seek protections from domestic abuse on reservations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Diane Millich's ex-husband was never arrested for any of the more than 100 times he slapped, kicked or punched her before showing up at her Colorado workplace and firing a 9 mm pistol, wounding the co-worker who pushed her out of the way.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ala. farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Wedding chapel owner: Gay marriage would help Nev.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - With his city no longer the marriage capital of the nation, a Reno wedding chapel owner says Nevada is missing out on a golden opportunity with its ban on same-sex marriage.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• FACEBOOK CEO TURNS 28, IPO COULD BE $100B GIFT: NEW YORK (AP) - Don't let the hoodie and sneakers fool you. Mark Zuckerberg is no wet-behind-the-ears CEO.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd news briefs

• Man makes amends for stealing plants in 1958: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No matter how much digging investigators did, the crime remained open until a thief turned himself in and returned the fruits of his theft.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Mitt Romney’s ‘hijinks’ seen as bullying today

NEW YORK (AP) - When Mitt Romney was a good-looking teen in the buttoned-up '60s, corporal punishment was the norm and bullying had a different, more acceptable name: hijinks.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘Girl Scouts under scrutiny from bishops

NEW YORK (AP) - Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTHORITIES: KIDNAPPED GIRLS DIDN'T EAT FOR DAYS: GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - Hope was fading that two young sisters abducted from their Tennessee home would be found alive two weeks after they vanished: Their kidnapper had already killed their mother and sister, and he was armed with a pistol as officers closed in.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange work

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


GM issues third recall on SUVs

DETROIT (AP) General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


25% of households ‘just getting by’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


County Fair-goers say they were fed pot-laced chocolate

DENVER (AP) - Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs renewed airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

SEATTLE (AP) - A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Flow of immigrant kids ebbs

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Remains of Jonestown bodies found

DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 35 years after the infamous suicide-murder of some 900 people - many forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch - in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Almost 10M Americans changed race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Army promotes first Vietnamese-American general

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood soldier whose family came to the United States as refugees when he was 10 became the first Vietnamese-American to reach the rank of general in the U.S. Army on Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Facial recognition to help find lost dogs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Target endorses same-sex marriage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Boy ‘apparently’ Internet star after interview

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy's lively TV interview at a Pennsylvania county fair, punctuated by his frequent use of the word "apparently," has turned him into an Internet sensation.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Did French tourist kick squirrel?

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


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