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Obama to sign gay rights order

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chicago, NY, Hawaii bid for Obama library

CHICAGO (AP) - At least six locations in three different states entered official bids by Monday's deadline in an effort to house Barack Obama's presidential library.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


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


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Obama, Castro lay bare tensions on trade embargo, human rights

HAVANA (AP) - Laying bare a half-century of tensions, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro prodded each other Monday over human rights and the ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Teacher fined for showing her students beheading video

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City middle school teacher was fined $300 for showing students a video of an Islamic State beheading, according to ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Black bear study shows eating human food helps and hurts

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Black bears that eat human foods from trash cans have higher reproductive rates than those living on natural foods, according to a ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Applicant gets job after foiled robbery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A job interview was in progress when a thief grabbed cash from the till at a fast food restaurant. The manager conducting ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Paris attacks suspect was planning new acts

BRUSSELS (AP) - The top suspect in last year's Paris attacks told investigators after he was captured that he was planning new operations from Brussels ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Ex-trooper kills 2 in turnpike toll booth holdup, is shot dead

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. (AP) - A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Killer off death row thanks to disabled definition tweak

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say Ronell Wilson is a calculating murderer. Since his imprisonment for killing two New York City police detectives, he has been ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Obama in Cuba for historic visit

HAVANA (AP) - Stepping into history, President Barack Obama opened an extraordinary visit to Cuba on Sunday, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Conservatives plot Trump demise

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Fearful of a Donald Trump nomination to lead the GOP, conservative leaders huddled privately in Washington on Thursday in search of ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders says he has a ‘path toward victory’ against Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he still maintains a "path toward victory" in his Democratic presidential bid against Hillary Clinton, rejecting suggestions ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Gas pipeline explosions bring new US safety plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation's 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making whales perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise announcement on Thursday: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will soon ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Maryland Senate approves state song changes, cuts ‘Northern scum’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers took a step Thursday toward scrubbing references to "Northern scum" and other Civil War-era phrases from the official state song.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Buddhist monk pleads guilty to embezzling temple to gamble

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Buddhist monk pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he embezzled more than $200,000 from his Louisiana temple to feed a ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


If you’re considering bariatric surgery . . .

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Finances and fear deter many morbidly obese patients from having stomach-reducing bariatric surgery, but it's steadily becoming more common.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


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