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Statements from Social Security

Q: I used to get a letter from Social Security every year that told me how much I had paid into the system and gave me estimates of my future Social Security benefits. But I swear I haven't received one in years. Yet I have a neighbor who told me he got his letter a couple months ago. How do I get back on the list to get an annual benefit update from Social Security?

February 07, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation


Experts contemplate end of smoking in US

ATLANTA (AP) -Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Soda makers giving people ways to ditch the can, bottle

NEW YORK (AP) - It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Hackers may have used company to hit Target

NEW YORK (AP) - The hackers who stole millions of customers' credit and debit card numbers from Target may have used a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration business as the back door to get in.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Fox pulls plug on ‘The X Factor’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The X Factor" is ending after three seasons.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uTHIEVES TRIED TO SELL ITEMS BACK TO VICTIM: DENVER (AP) - Denver police have arrested four suspects accused of unwittingly trying to sell items they stole back to the burglary victim.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Bullet train revenue projects drop

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California High-Speed Rail Authority lowered its estimated future revenue based on new ridership projections in a report released Friday that also slightly lowered the project's $68 billion price tag.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senators want grid security review

SAN JOSE (AP) - Four U.S. senators concerned about the sabotage of Silicon Valley's power grid and phone lines last April asked federal officials on Friday if mandatory security standards are needed.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


No free meals at Nevada county jail

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A northern Nevada county is moving ahead with what may be a first-in-the-nation plan to charge county jail inmates for food and medical care, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union that it's cruel and unusual punishment and could lead to a court battle.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found

BOSTON (AP) - It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Chevy Olympic ads feature gay couples

NEW YORK (AP) - While several Olympic sponsors have spoken out against Russia's restrictions on gay rights ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, Chevrolet is rolling out two ads during the U.S. broadcast of the opening ceremony on Friday that feature gay couples.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Woman charged with kidnapping baby found in Iowa

TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - A woman who pretended to be pregnant stole her half-sister's newborn boy from a Wisconsin home and left him in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures as police closed in, according to court documents filed Friday.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Social media erupt over ‘Biggest Loser’ winner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of "The Biggest Loser," after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn't focused on her $250,000 win - but rather the criticism surrounding her loss.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


Loud music death trial starts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man intended to kill a teen outside a convenience store after an argument over loud music, even though the 17-year-old posed no threat, prosecutors said Thursday during opening statements of the man's murder trial.

February 07, 2014 | | Nation


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US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


NYC schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


Paving ‘Iran’s path to the bomb’

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Firefighters wake up to smoke in station, then battle blaze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Firefighters are used to alarms in the middle of the night, but the smoke doesn't usually come to their front door.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-CIA chief admits sharing secrets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives - while she was working on the book.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Nitrogen gas executions approved

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


New Mexico students boycott tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Tourist it by piece of Alaska glacier dies

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Oral surgeon pulls wrong teeth

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Couple charged with locking up kids, abusing them

ASTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Spacecraft visiting dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA (AP) - A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Court strikes down California’s sex-offender blanket lifetime ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State corrections officials cannot impose blanket lifetime restrictions on where sex offenders may live, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case challenging a voter-approved measure that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


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