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Most Facebook users take a break

NEW YORK (AP) - Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Memphis renames three city parks that honored Confederacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its principal members.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


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AUTHORITIES SAY 3 SHOT DEAD IN RURAL SONOMA COUNTY: SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three men have been found dead in a rural Sonoma County home.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Senate tries to move anti-violence bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Supersonic skydiver reached 843.6 mph

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner was faster than he or anyone else thought during his record-setting jump last October from 24 miles up.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


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STROM THURMOND'S MIXED-RACE DAUGHTER DIES AT 87: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mixed-race daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career has died. Essie Mae Washington-Williams was 87.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Commuters' wasted time costs $121B

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The nation's commuters are adapting to increasing traffic congestion by building delays into their schedules, but at a cost of $121 billion in wasted time and fuel, according to an annual study of national driving patterns released Tuesday.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Effort building to change US pot laws

SEATTLE (AP) - An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama stands firm on federal gun control legislation despite long odds

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Veteran had been in mental hospital

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past five months and told authorities that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, police records show.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast; 17 are held

French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast; 17 are held

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Authorities storm bunker, rescue boy

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy who had been held hostage for nearly a week in the tiny underground shelter and leaving the boy's abductor dead.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: Boy Scouts should allow gays

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


Iraq vet charged in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL heralded for 159 sniper kills

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 25-year-old Iraq war veteran charged with murdering former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend turned a gun onto the pair while they were at a Texas shooting range, authorities said Sunday.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: It does get better for gay teens

CHICAGO (AP) - It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


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House Democrats mutter about less outside spending by special interests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmentalists, labor and women's groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors could be key on medical pot

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outcome of the measure.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal explosion in 2007

MOJAVE (AP) - The loss of an experimental spaceship that broke up over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another, has renewed criticism of the way the craft's designer and Virgin Galactic handled a deadly explosion seven years ago.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bear trap violators appealing convictions

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Reno woman intends to appeal her 30-day jail sentence for tampering with a bear trap after she and her mother became the first people prosecuted in Nevada for interfering with the capture of troublesome bears at Lake Tahoe.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


5 football players charged in assault

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Students isolated as expulsion alternative

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Judge suggests it’s OK for Redskins team to sue Indians

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Mexico orders release of Marine veteran

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft promises new Office for Macs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers - but not until next year.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Surgical gowns let diseases pass through

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate freed in landmark case

CHICAGO (AP) - A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


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