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Mom charged in kids’ death feared devil

GERMANTOWN (AP) - A Maryland woman charged with killing two of her children has told investigators that she thought an exorcism was necessary to remove the presence of the devil and evil spirits, a police captain said Sunday.

January 19, 2014 | | Nation


Disaster declarations in 11 states

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


Court could weigh in on cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

US: $28 MILLION BITCOINS FORFEITURE IS A RECORD: NEW YORK (AP) - A record $28 million of bitcoins was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road after the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

US: $28 MILLION BITCOINS FORFEITURE IS A RECORD: NEW YORK (AP) - A record $28 million of bitcoins was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road after the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


Company in W.Va. chemical spill cited at second location

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia moved its chemicals to a nearby plant that has already been cited for safety violations, including a backup containment wall with holes in it.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands of fish dead in Nevada marina mystery

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - State wildlife officials are trying to figure out why all the fish have died in a northern Nevada marina where the stocked fishery has flourished since the man-made lake was created nearly 15 years ago.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Teen guilty in leaf-pile deaths

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls has been found guilty in the fatal hit-and-run case.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Birds sync wing beats in V formation

NEW YORK (AP) - The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legal jam for some Christie aides?

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts say.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Pot debates continue even where it's legal to grown, use marijuana

DENVER (AP) - Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Use of public assistance cards OK at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gay marriage rulings build momentum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels; tall buildings disappear in haze

BEIJING (AP) - Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOODEN BOX AT GOODWILL CONTAINED DOG ASHES: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The ashes of Onyx, a 165-pound rottweiler, were returned to her owner Wednesday, ending the mystery of a box purchased for $2.99 from a Puyallup Goodwill.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


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California appeals ruling allowing foie gras again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California filed an appeal Wednesday of a federal judge's ruling that blocked the state's ban on the sale of foie gras - a delicacy that gourmets consider heaven and animal rights groups call hell.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


Chipotle sales surge, but not enough for Wall Street

DENVER (AP) - Chipotle's sales surged in the fourth quarter as customers continued flocking to its restaurants, but the growth wasn't as fast as Wall Street expected and its stock fell in extended trading.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Coke bets on super milk; more protein, less sugar

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Big sales jumps, led by GM, Toyota

DETROIT (AP) - With low interest rates and cheaper gasoline to motivate them, and no polar vortex to keep them home, consumers went car-shopping in a big way in January.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Pfizer breast cancer drug gets early OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved a highly anticipated medicine from Pfizer Inc. to treat postmenopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer who have not already taken other drugs.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Study: Many herbal supplements mislead

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of setting child on fire

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Jurors in a Houston-area man's capital murder trial heard from a doctor Tuesday that the 8-year-old boy the man is accused of setting on fire needed daily operations for months to treat his severe burns.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Lance Armstrong cited after hitting cars

DENVER (AP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars with an SUV after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention, police reports show.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


16 indicted in $10M tax refund fraud

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sixteen people, most from the New York City area and with ties to Nigeria, face charges in a wire fraud and identity theft ring that prosecutors said caused the Internal Revenue Service to pay more them than $10 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


NTSB links selfies to deadly plane crash

DENVER (AP) - Selfies were a likely factor in a small plane crash near Denver last year that killed the pilot and his only passenger, according to a new National Transportation Safety Board report.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Lawmaker: Drones harassing hunters

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Billings lawmaker wants to keep drones from interfering in Montana's hunting and fishing sports.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Guilty plea in selling fake urine for tests

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania.

February 03, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler food often has too much salt, sugar

CHICAGO (AP) - Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.

February 01, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

February 01, 2015 | | Nation


Immigrants could wait until 2019

AN ANTONIO (AP) - Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.

February 01, 2015 | | Nation


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