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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Utah hunter who killed gray wolf won’t be charged

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of killing 7 people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


De Blasio, after hit from Cuomo, does not back down

NEW YORK (AP) - The cold war between New York's two leading Democrats is showing no signs of abating.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


3 sisters missing in Wyoming wilderness are found safe

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Three Midwestern sisters who were missing for days in a rugged Wyoming wilderness area were found alive in a remote area and ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


NYPD making some undocumented stops, monitor report says

NEW YORK (AP) - The federal monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy said Thursday the reform effort is moving in ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison

DENVER (AP) - Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Deaths show DuPont has ‘failed’ safety program

A PORTE, Texas (AP) - U.S. regulators on Thursday took DuPont to task for a massive gas leak last year that killed four workers at ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plea by Jefferson Davis descendant spurs flag vote

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An impassioned plea by a descendant of the Confederate president seemed to swing momentum as South Carolina legislators debated whether to ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Tom Selleck, water district reach tentative settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Selleck reached a tentative settlement Thursday in a lawsuit that claims he stole truckloads of water from a public hydrant and ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man, grandson die on hike; boy likely was going for help

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - A man and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead several miles apart along a desert trail after they went hiking in ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plane collision marks 2nd fatal tragedy for family in a week

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate flag debate wears on as GOP mounts opposition

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of Republicans mounted opposition Wednesday to immediately removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds as the South Carolina ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor fired the troubled city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a recent spike in homicides in the weeks after an ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


3 indicted in Las Vegas investment fraud case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities in the U.S. are seeking the arrest of the chief executive of a Las Vegas investment company and two of ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Pot-smoking Indianapolis church sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


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