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NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Throwing the book: Unreturned library books

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SC GOV. HALEY GETS A BERETTA PISTOL FOR CHRISTMAS: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


As city cycling grows, so does tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) - Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Knockout game leads to hate crime charge

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Man climbs fence at Phoenix airport, runs to airliner

PHOENIX (AP) - Two men were arrested Christmas Day on opposite sides of the country after they breached perimeters at major airports, raising questions about security measures and whether more needs to be done to protect the nation's transit hubs.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Fla. church signs roll the dice getting hip with marquee quips

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read: "Christmas - Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Tribe sues makers of film ‘Out of the Furnace’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Members of the Ramapough Native American tribe have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the makers of a recent Hollywood movie they say depicts their people in a negative light.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cold & dark Christmas for thousands

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to more than half a million homes left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Girl who got caroling wish has died

WEST READING, Pa. (AP) - A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cab driver finds $300K in back seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


First-class stamps to cost 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Tablets a hit with kids, experts worry

NEW YORK (AP) - Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can’t leave

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Father admits killing 10-year-old son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man admitted Monday that he killed his 10-year-old son, saying he beat the boy in a fit of rage, then wrapped ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Report: 2 dead, 15 hurt after tent collapse

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) - A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutor says police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Party on, Abe: Illinois named top party school in the nation

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about it

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family's dog ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform strategies

MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


AT&T offers TV-wireless discount

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Task force urges more research into autism screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Koch: Conservatives must demand smaller government

DANA POINT (AP) - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Survivor recounts tough rescue

DESERT CENTER AP) - A man whose truck crashed when a torrent of gushing floodwater collapsed a Southern California bridge says he doubted he'd survive ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


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