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Seat belts on commercial buses delayed 45 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a drunken driver on a California highway back in 1968 slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Ranchers rankled by Joan Jett pick

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Some South Dakota farmers and ranchers are upset by the selection of singer-guitarist Joan Jett, a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, to perform on the state's float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Doctors told to get serious about obesity

ATLANTA (AP) - Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Jury acquits Air Force officer accused of groping

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - An Air Force officer who once led the branch's sexual assault response team was acquitted Wednesday of allegations that he groped a woman outside a Virginia bar.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


One World Trade Center named tallest building in USA

NEW YORK (AP) - They set out to build the tallest skyscraper in the world - a giant that would rise a symbolic 1,776 feet from the ashes of ground zero.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Inmate executed for abduction, slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991 was put to death Tuesday evening.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TEEN NABBED FOR POSTS ABOUT SHOOTING: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A teenager posted nonpublic information about a 2012 shooting on his Twitter feed, police said, and that material was later posted to an Instagram account being scrutinized for divulging information about witnesses to crimes in the city.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Plastic guns: Law enforcement challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) - With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


School lifts ban on shirts honoring girl

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A southern Michigan school district has reversed its decision to bar students from wearing T-shirts honoring a 12-year-old classmate who died over the weekend following a long battle with cancer.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Boy who came home for early Christmas dies

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A boy whose last wish was to be home for his favorite holiday has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a Christmas tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


2 charged with Sierra bear poaching

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


GLANCE AT STORE HOURS FOR HOLIDAY KICKOFF

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours for several major retailers:

November 12, 2013 | | Nation


Seat belts on commercial buses delayed 45 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a drunken driver on a California highway back in 1968 slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers.

November 12, 2013 | | Nation


Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator - similar to a snow leopard - evolved in Asia and spread out.

November 12, 2013 | | Nation


Doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans - one-third of all adults - to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

November 12, 2013 | | 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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