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2 MEN USED FAKE AX TO PRANK PEOPLE: VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Police in Vancouver, Wash., arrested two 18-year-old men accused of pretending to attack each other with an ax and then using it to threaten passers-by while videotaping their reactions.

October 31, 2013 | | Nation


Vatican polls parishes on birth control

NEW YORK (AP) - The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.

October 31, 2013 | | Nation


Manning gender ID dispute may go to court

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder, also called gender dysphoria.

October 31, 2013 | | Nation


NYC votes to make tobacco-buying age 21

NEW YORK (AP) - Smoking may be a bad habit - but New York City lawmakers want their residents to be older and wiser before deciding to take it up.

October 30, 2013 | | Nation


School bus driver saves woman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A bus driver is being hailed as a hero for preventing a woman from jumping off a Buffalo highway overpass.

October 30, 2013 | | Nation


‘Boobies' bracelet fight could go to Supreme Court

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets could be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 30, 2013 | | Nation


Home prices rise at fastest pace since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home prices rose in August from a year earlier at the fastest pace since February 2006. But the price gains slowed in many cities from July, a sign that the spike in prices over the past year may have peaked.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Georgia man uses tractor to kill 5-foot rattler

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia businessman is being called "the rattlesnake wrangler" after using his tractor to kill a 5-foot diamondback rattlesnake.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Austrian police seek thief: The loot? Grass

VIENNA (AP) - Austrian police are seeking witnesses to an unusual theft - of huge amounts of grass, mowed secretly from a farmer's field.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


3 dead after dust causes crashes on I-10

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Three people were killed and at least 12 injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes Tuesday on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, authorities said.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Lawsuit settled in death of man infected by amoeba

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The parents of a Louisiana man whose death in 2011 was linked to a rare brain-eating amoeba have settled their lawsuit against the manufacturers of two household devices that they blamed for their son's deadly infection.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Olympic protest in New York over Russian law

NEW YORK (AP) - Olympic gold medalists stood on a temporary stage in Times Square talking about training and teamwork when the chants rose up from about 50 feet away.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Judges ponder fate of stop-frisk ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge's conclusion that New York City police officers sometimes violate the constitution when they stop and frisk people has made officers "passive and scared" to use the crime-fighting tactic, lawyers warned a federal appeals panel Tuesday as they asked that the ruling be suspended while it is appealed.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Policy cancellations: New blow for admin.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Move over, website woes. Lawmakers confronted the Obama administration Tuesday with a difficult new health care problem - a wave of cancellation notices hitting small businesses and individuals who buy their own insurance.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


Stand your ground law bickering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trayvon Martin's mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state "stand your ground" self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

October 29, 2013 | | Nation


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Caught in the act? Some videos of police mislead

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object - a gun? - as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


45 dogs dead, 48 alive after fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs - more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city - killed 45 of them and injured one man.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers shut down 2 suburban Denver high schools

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter sues over pregnancy -related sick days

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut firefighter says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was unfairly disciplined by a city fire department and forced to take unpaid leave because she was pregnant.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WITNESSES: SKYDIVERS WHO DIED DESCENDED TOO FAST: BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - The two skydivers killed after they crashed into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod appeared to be having problems as they descended, police said.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) - When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Macy’s joins in big holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) - Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Volcano in Japan kills 31 people

TOKYO (AP) - Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI (AP) - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teens

CHICAGO (AP) - Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jury convicts NM sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted Friday of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas sidewalk-chalk arrests spawn suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The arrests of several protesters for writing anti-police messages with chalk on a sidewalk last year have spawned a federal civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Woman beheaded at workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


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