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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


Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Apple to tighten online security after recent hack

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

September 05, 2014 | | Nation


Yoga wear rage means uncertain future for jeans

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.

September 05, 2014 | | Nation


Cops seek charges in revolting ‘ice bucket’ prank

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) - Outraged police in a northeast Ohio suburb are pledging to bring charges against those responsible for dumping a bucket allegedly containing feces and body fluids on a special needs student who was told it was part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" fundraiser.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged with killing four

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man was charged with aggravated murder Thursday in the slayings of four men who were found in separate homes in one small city earlier this week.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Dad in hot car death charged with murder

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours in a hot car was charged with murder on Thursday, more than two months after the child's death.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


NYPD to test body cameras

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police department announced Thursday it's launching a pilot program to test 60 cameras worn by officers, becoming the latest and largest police department in the country to accept the technology as a tool of modern law enforcement.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Google settles over in-app charges

NEW YORK (AP) - Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lava flowing toward homes in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - Residents in a rural, isolated region of Hawaii's Big Island still reeling from a recent tropical storm turned their attention to a potential new disaster Thursday as scientists warned that a lava flow from a nearby volcano had moved to within a mile of some homes.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Police say bodies found are of dead boy’s parents

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities confirmed Thursday that the bodies of a man and woman found at a suburban Dallas home are those of the parents of a 10-year-old boy found dead in a bathtub at the house in January - a death for which the mother was charged with murder.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

INDIANAPOLIS MAN CHARGED WITH BAKING DOG TO DEATH: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis man faces felony charges alleging that he killed a friend's dog by putting the canine in a sweltering oven.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Selling pot: One wacky business

NEW YORK (AP) - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Season’s new phones are all about selfie image

BERLIN (AP) - Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Nevada giving Tesla $1.3B for plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that Nevada won a high-stakes battle with four other states for Tesla Motors' coveted battery factory, but the win comes with a hefty price tag - up to $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives over 20 years that state lawmakers still must approve.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Median incomes drop for all but the wealthiest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The richest 10 percent of Americans were the only group whose median incomes rose in the past three years, the Federal Reserve said Thursday in a report on consumer finances.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers at wheel

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.

September 04, 2014 | | Nation


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