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David Letterman ‘wrapping things up,’ to retire in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman's departure from the late-night realm won't just end an unmatched run on television. It also will close the book on an era reaching almost to the birth of TV.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

Bill extending tax breaks for wind farms, filmmakers, NASCAR tracks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

House GOP moves against health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

Teacher contract gets exact on behavior

CINCINNATI (AP) - The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn’s smallest moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

Argument may have preceded deadly Fort Hood gun attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member prior to the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

County weighed buying up homes

SEATTLE (AP) - A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

It’s about time: New clock more accurate

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Good news for people who are sticklers for punctuality: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that isn't supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

3 meningitis deaths reported in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation

More Americans see middle class status slipping in size

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation

With pot legal, festival trying to go mainstream this month in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Organizers of Denver's annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year's event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation

FDA OKs 1st hay fever allergy immunotherapy tablet to replace weekly doctor office shots

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation

Fort Hood gunman kills 4, inures 14

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials said.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation

High court loosens reins on big campaign donors by 5-4 vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation

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Police vehicles’ ‘In God We Trust’ decals draw complaints

DALLAS (AP) - A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large "In God We Trust" decals on its patrol vehicles in response ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Obituary: She died ‘of a heroin overdose’

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: they would not worry ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Bears breaking bad growing problem

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Are some bears just born to be bad? Or do they learn from other bears that raid garbage cans, break into ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Shark bites top of kayaker’s foot in the waters near Malibu

MALIBU (AP) - Authorities said a kayaker was bitten by a shark in the waters west of Malibu and was taken to the hospital with cuts ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Officials work to stop thefts of native artifacts

LAKEPORT (AP) - The four-year drought that has ravaged California and the wildfires charring through the state's dry forests have exposed prehistoric Native American sites ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds ...

September 04, 2015 | | Nation

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Cop fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

MILLIS, Mass. (AP) - An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Pastor: Mass baptism on football field was voluntary

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said Thursday the school ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Trump vows no third-party bid

NEW YORK (AP) - Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

California data shows arrests racial disparity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and ...

September 02, 2015 | | Nation

Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Blue Bell ice cream is back.

August 31, 2015 | | Nation

Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given ...

August 31, 2015 | | Nation

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