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Flakka behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Kaiser nurses strike hospitals over staffing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla to expand battery tech to homes, firms

FOSTER CITY (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Can you run from police?

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Moose fatally stabbed in Alaska park; 3 men arrested

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Three men have been accused of stabbing a young moose to death at a park in Alaska's largest city, and police said witnesses reported seeing the men punching the animal and walking away.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Death of transgender teen who ‘had enough’ deemed suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Thousands protest Baltimore death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police and to demand reforms to police procedures.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Houston man charged in crashes that killed boy, homeless man

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors are trying to recreate a path of destruction left this week by a driver who police say killed a 6-year-old boy and a homeless man in separate drunken-driving collisions only hours apart in Houston.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Shark kills woman, 65, off Maui

HONOLULU (AP) - A shark killed a 65-year-old woman in an attack off the shore of Maui on Wednesday, officials said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Court to rule on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian couples.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


‘Partridge Family’ child star Suzanne Crough, 42, dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake

HONOLULU (AP) - A park ranger used a Taser on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then arrested the man in front of several hundred people after telling him that flying an unmanned aircraft at a national park is prohibited.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Disney told to rehire workers who refused soiled costumes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the "Festival of the Lion King" show, an arbitrator ruled Monday.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher who criticized President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students has been removed from the classroom, pending her upcoming retirement.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Baltimore on edge: National Guardsmen take up positions

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore was a city on edge Tuesday as hundreds of National Guardsmen patrolled the streets against unrest for the first time since 1968, hoping to prevent another outbreak of rioting.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


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HealthCare.gov privacy concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

June 15, 2015 | | Nation


2 teens are severely injured in shark attacks

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - Two teenagers were seriously injured in two separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town on Sunday, terrifying beach goers and prompting one shocked witness to compare the scene to the movie "Jaws."

June 14, 2015 | | Nation


ER returns: Lack of follow-up care

WASHINGTON (AP) - No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it's more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER the second time around.

June 14, 2015 | | Nation


Sniper kills Dallas police HQ shooter

DALLAS (AP) - The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and family members.

June 14, 2015 | | Nation


Texas looks to aquifers to prepare for next drought

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.

June 14, 2015 | | Nation


Iowa residents have right to be drunk on front porch

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


Texas prosecutor of ex-death row inmate loses law license

HOUSTON (AP) - A former Texas prosecutor has been stripped of his law license after a panel of the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and used false testimony to win a capital murder conviction against a now-exonerated death row inmate.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


NY prison worker arraigned, accused of aiding 2 NY escapees

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison was arraigned Friday night on charges she helped two convicted killers escape last weekend.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


Court rejects Veterans Day sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, multi-state Navy veterans charity fraud won't have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence, an Ohio appeals court ruled.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


Attackers carve gay slur into man’s arm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are investigating the repeated harassment of a rural Utah man who they said was beaten and had a threatening homophobic slur carved into his arm.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


IRS taking steps to combat taxpayers’ identity theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is joining with states and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Court says new net neutrality rules will go into effect today

NEW YORK (AP) - Rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prevent companies from blocking or slowing down some online traffic will go into effect today after a federal appeals court refused to delay them.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Walgreens recalls bottles of women’s multivitamins

NEW YORK (AP) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is recalling a line of women's multivitamins because the packaging is not child-resistant.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Apple restores former bank

NEW YORK (AP) - To create the newest Apple store to sell iPhones, smartwatches and other modern gadgetry, Apple took a look back at the 1920s.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Regulators go after crowdfunding scam

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are going after people who raise money online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe but don't follow through on their promises.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


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