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Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COUPLE ACCIDENTALLY GETS BAG OF CASH AT DRIVE-THRU

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Delta recovering after global outage

DALLAS (AP) - At least half of all Delta Air Lines flights Monday were delayed or canceled after a power outage knocked out the airline's ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Boy, 13, drove drunk with drunken grandma in back

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico deputies say a traffic stop yielded a surprising find: a drunken 13-year-old boy behind the wheel and the ...

August 08, 2016 | | Nation


Town replace ‘Scary Lucy’ statue

CELORON, N.Y. (AP) - A new statue of Lucille Ball was unveiled in the late actress' hometown on Saturday to replace one that was so ...

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Girl who had heart transplant among 5 dead in murder-suicide

SINKING SPRING, Pa. (AP) - A couple featured in news stories about their difficulties getting medication for a daughter who had a heart transplant were found ...

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Boy dies on ‘world’s largest’ water slide

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy died Sunday on a Kansas water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials.

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton: Putin ended ‘Moscow Spring’

WASHINGTON (AP) - As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton basked in a diplomatic "Moscow Spring," seizing on Vladimir Putin's break from the presidency to help ...

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Trump to try to steady campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is trying to shift from a disastrous stretch of his presidential campaign to one focused on policy and party unity. But ...

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Judge tests limits of free speech

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville judge, incensed when a prosecutor questioned his authority to scrap a jury panel because it lacked minorities, did not turn ...

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Florida goes into damage -control mode over Zika

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Thank goodness it's the slow season in Florida.

August 07, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart launches new scheduling system

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, has launched a new scheduling system in about 650 Neighborhood Market stores that gives hourly ...

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Newfoundland death triggers air bag probes

DETROIT (AP) - Auto safety regulators in two countries are investigating another deadly air bag problem that could affect up to 8 million vehicles.

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people

NEW YORK (AP) - Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook battles ‘clickbait’

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is taking another stab at ridding users' news feeds of "clickbait," the links and headlines that ask readers to "guess what ...

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Trump backers claim shift in immigration rhetoric

CLEVELAND (AP) - As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton accuses Trump of making ‘degrading comments about Muslims’

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Donald Trump repaid the "ultimate sacrifice" of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with insults ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


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