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Fake flowers aided NJ fire; 6 dead

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that killed everyone inside, prosecutors said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Swarm of earthquakes puzzles scientists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Priest killed with gun owned by colleague

PHOENIX (AP) - A homeless ex-convict beat a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church then wrestled away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant, police said Monday as they announced an arrest in the case.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chelsea Clinton: More community service needed

ATLANTA (AP) - Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family's foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BOY ACCIDENTALLY HANGS SELF FROM BASKETBALL NET: LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old North Carolina boy is in the hospital after he accidentally hanged himself on a basketball goal in his yard.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Changing pot laws prompt child-endangerment review

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Hoarder dies after floor falls into basement

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - A 66-year-old woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was found dead under a pile of debris after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed into the basement under the weight of all the clutter, authorities said.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks offers online college program to workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Machine-like Spurs can taste title

MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs left Miami last June looking so human, Tim Duncan nearly in tears talking about how close they were to another championship.

June 14, 2014 | | Nation


Kaymer coasting

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer set a U.S. Open record Friday with a game so dominant that he did more than just build a six-shot lead.

June 14, 2014 | | Nation


Wireless firms put up more ‘stealth’ towers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky.

June 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bergdahl ‘looked good’ after returning to US

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - In the moments after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived back in the United States following five years of captivity by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he was nervous but "looked good" and saluted a commanding officer who welcomed him home, military officials said Friday.

June 13, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Boys in shooting plot studied Columbine

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In their plans to shoot up a high school, two Tennessee teenagers studied the 1999 Columbine massacre, hoping to maximize the number of student and faculty deaths, according to officials who say they seized weapons and journals detailing attack plans.

June 13, 2014 | | Nation


Elaborate Aspen-area wedding sparks complaints

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A wedding so elaborate it has raised eyebrows in tony and environmentally-conscious Aspen has sparked complaints from residents about the building of a dance floor, 27,000-square foot tent and a temporary chapel on a rural meadow.

June 13, 2014 | | Nation


Chubby Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or ‘drop dead’

NEW YORK (AP) - Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it's time to induct him into its exclusive club before it's too late.

June 13, 2014 | | Nation


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Court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Obama’s State of the Union seeking to frame 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address will unmistakably attempt to frame the choice facing Americans as they select his ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton-Sanders race tightens in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Clinton has spent much of her presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Reno jeweler’s Commercial uses same-sex couple

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno commercial depicting two women getting engaged has been playing on local TV stations and in movie theaters and drawing little ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Congressman wants Aloha wear allowed on House floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A Hawaii Congressman wants Aloha wear to be allowed on the House floor on Fridays, a change from the current rule ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Man is charged with attempted murder in shooting of Philly cop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who investigators say claimed he shot and wounded a Philadelphia police officer in the name of Islam was charged Saturday with ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Death sentence tossed, but California man will serve life

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal appeals court secretly overturned the death penalty for a Southern California man who has spent nearly three decades on death ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Planned Parenthood backing Hillary Clinton in primary race

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is swinging behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and says that won't mean negative campaigning against ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom took $30,000 before flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Case could weaken government unions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Ranchers’ cause, not tactics, gains support in GOP circles

DENVER (AP) - Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff by a group of ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Rolling Stone slammed over interview

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a big scoop, and one Rolling Stone may well regret.

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom complains about jail conditions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A "woman with means" who was arrested at a Mexican beach resort city with her fugitive teenage son who invoked "affluenza ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Obama vetoes bill to repeal health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s ruin site

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


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