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TEXAN WINS 'WACKY WARNINGS' CONTEST WITH GLOBE: WINONA, Texas (AP) - A decorative globe not meant for use in getting from here to there has helped a Texas woman win the 15th Annual Wacky Warning Labels contest.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Study: State pension shortfalls ballooned in 2010 across USA

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Jury begins deliberating in burned Fla. teen case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A teenager accused of orchestrating an attack that left his classmate in flames was trying to sidestep the blame when he offered others money to hurt the boy, prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


New Asian immigrants now surpass Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Wildfires claim 189 homes in Colorado

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as they toiled in hot, dry weather to battle a wildfire that has charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Veterinarians may give NC zoo elephant contacts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - After C'sar the bull elephant lost weight, grew depressed and underwent surgery because of eye trouble, his keepers at a North Carolina zoo began to consider a pioneering move in pachyderm medicine: giving him a set of king-size contact lenses.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio police: Car into crowd appears accidental

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, likely did so accidentally, authorities in northwest Ohio said Sunday.

June 17, 2012 | | Nation


Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

DENVER (AP) - Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown.

June 17, 2012 | | Nation


Chowchilla 'busnapper' wins release from prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of three young men from wealthy families who kidnapped and hid a busload of California schoolchildren in a 1976 ransom attempt that captured the nation's attention has gained his freedom after more than 35 years in prison, officials announced Friday.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


US reveals accusations against Secret Service

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service agents and officers have been accused of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior, according to internal government reports reviewed by The Associated Press on Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how many of the accusations turned out to be true.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Texas teacher had kindergarten kids hit alleged bully on class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas teacher will lose her job after ordering more than 20 kindergartners to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully, a district spokesman said Friday.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Catholic hospitals reject birth control compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation's Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama's compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Conn. man calls 911 over beef about sandwich order

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man angry that a deli had fouled up his sandwich order decided to take his beef to police.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pentagon to mark gay pride month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.

June 14, 2012 | | Nation


Senate panel boosts spending on IRS, Pell Grants

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel divided along party lines Thursday to approve legislation funding President Barack Obama's health care and financial services overhaul laws and boosting spending on the IRS and Pell Grants for low-income college students.

June 14, 2012 | | Nation


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• Police: Man held after choking neighbor's loud dog: PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested. They say a brawl erupted Friday morning when Roger Pelletier forced his way into the Portsmouth apartment because he was frustrated by the constant barking of her Shih Tzu, Oreo. Police say Pelletier tried to strangle Oreo, leading to a confrontation with the dog's owner. They say Oreo bit Pelletier several times. The dog's owner wasn't injured. Oreo has been ...

November 28, 2014 | | Nation


Agents still unpaid after rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Certified insurance agents who helped sign up 40 percent of individuals in California's new health care plan say they are late receiving commissions, according to a report Thursday.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s action fuels worry about scams

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Creed frontman Scott Stapp broke

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Turkey Day’s Early Birds

NEW YORK (AP) - Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


For now, Uber Tech parked in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Uber Technologies' legal battle with Nevada's highly regulated taxi industry over Internet ride-sharing may be headed back to the political arena now that a judge has at least temporarily banned Uber's unlicensed operations statewide.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Comedian bottles up story with exclusive

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Celebrating with parties, parades & turkey feasts

NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services - a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Oil prices tank as OPEC leaves output unchanged

LONDON (AP) - Oil companies saw their shares take a beating Thursday as crude prices slid to their lowest in over four years in the wake of OPEC's decision to maintain production levels even though prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storaage options and rail congestion heading into spring. And they're looking for more options than the Keystone XL pipeline to help.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video: Police officer shot boy seconds after encountering him

CLEVELAND (AP) - The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


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