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Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard as 20 children die so far

NEW YORK (AP) - From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Lawmakers release documents on Wal-Mart bribery

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s CEO Mike Duke found out in 2005 that the retailer's Mexico unit was handing out bribes to local officials, according to emails obtained by lawmakers.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Biden, NRA clash over new gun control proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff launches patrols outside schools

PHOENIX (AP) - The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like month's attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Man accused of dismembering wife with saw

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting his wife after an argument, sawing her body into pieces and hiding her remains in plastic bins in a friend's garage.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Mom who shot intruder inspires gun control foes

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


US tax code longer than Bible - without good news

WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


50-year blueprint for remaking Detroit revealed

DETROIT (AP) - A 50-year blueprint for revitalizing Detroit, from leveling parts of nearly vacant neighborhoods for parks to relaxing rules for startup companies, was released Wednesday after two years of research and community input.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Biden pledges urgent Obama action on gun control; aware of political minefield

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden vowed urgent action against gun violence in America Wednesday, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Deal in Mass. suit on pregnancy drug

BOSTON (AP) - Four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s reached a settlement Wednesday with Eli Lilly and Co. in the first of scores of similar claims around the country to go to trial.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


National Cathedral starts performing same-sex weddings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NYPD must halt suspicion-less Bronx stop & frisks

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Police Department likely turned a blind eye to violations of the constitutional rights of thousands of individuals detained at private residential buildings in the Bronx in a stop-and-frisk program that's under assault in the courts, a federal judge said Tuesday.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OFFICIALS: US MAY LEAVE NO TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday that it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to keep a lid on al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy against legalization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he's established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


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Probation for stealing $460K in quarters

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Psych drug ER trips near 90,000 a year

CHICAGO (AP) - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officers, suspect burned in confrontation

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


RECIPE FOR HIGHER SALES

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


PC shipment slump ends

CUPERTINO (AP) - A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Game-changing Grand Canyon plane crash

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of the victims who gazed out over the east rim of the canyon Tuesday tried to imagine their loved ones' final moments in a disaster that helped overhaul U.S. aviation safety.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Police said mom killed 6 newborns so she could continue taking meth

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


After Detroit, Flint ponders bankruptcy

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - As Detroit struggles to climb out of bankruptcy, another Michigan city with strong ties to the auto industry may be about to fall into the same hole.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found

ATLANTA (AP) - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor among 1st buyers of legal pot

SEATTLE (AP) - Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDERAL JUDGE STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH BLOG POST: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Officer wanting ‘0INK’ triggers vanity plate row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only

ATLANTA (AP) - More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital settles with woman over search

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Texas hospital and its emergency room physicians have reached a $1.1 million settlement with a New Mexico woman who sued them and U.S. customs officials after she was subjected to a body cavity search, her attorneys said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


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