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Passenger awakes to find himself locked in plane

HOUSTON (AP) - As the captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Wagner is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when he nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COACH ACCUSED OF TATTOOING MINOR: COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school gymnastics coach has been accused of tattooing a teenage girl without her parents' permission.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


Congress renews undetectable gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions - the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


High-powered traveling companions

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - As Air Force One made its way from Washington to Johannesburg Monday, a president, a former president and a possible future president were all traveling aboard.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


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NOAA: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching

HONOLULU (AP) - Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Deaths of Maine parents, son were murder-suicide

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) - The deaths of three members of a family were a double murder followed by a suicide, state police said on Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


SC Senate votes to remove flag from Capitol grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Los Angeles chief must take questions in shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Immigrant blames judicial error for deportation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An immigrant who took refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation should be allowed to stay in the U.S. because of a judicial error at a hearing more than a decade ago, his attorney said Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Deaths in Chicago highlights city’s gang warfare

CHICAGO (AP) - A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence.

July 06, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Nation


Standoff over password breaks new ground

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Deteriorating nails blamed for N.Carolina deck collapse

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 people as they posed for a picture at a North Carolina beachfront home, authorities said.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona prison to relocate more than 350 additional inmates

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


‘Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

NEW YORK (AP) - July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Escapee will now spend 23 hours a day in a cell

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


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