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Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

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December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation

Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation

Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation

Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation

Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation

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Pregnant women gain too much weight

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly half of U.S. moms gain too much weight during pregnancy, according to a government study released Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | | Nation


FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as "G.I. Joe." Thousands ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Bomb may have downed Russian jet

LONDON (AP) - British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Protest against Trump hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ growing

NEW YORK (AP) - Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump's guest-host appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" as a ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Defeat of Houston LGBT-rights measure may have broad impact

HOUSTON (AP) - The landslide defeat of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston has stunned LGBT-rights activists across the nation. They're now bracing for their opponents ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Mexico supreme court opens door to recreational pot use

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

As Facebook grows, expect to see more ads on Instagram

MENLO PARK (AP) - If you're starting to notice more ads on Instagram, it's all part of Facebook's plan.

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Heinz closing plants including San Leandro

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2 ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Many health co-ops closing

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half of the health care law's nonprofit insurance co-ops are closing, the Obama administration said Tuesday even as it defended ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Amazon opens first brick & mortar bookstore

SEATTLE (AP) - Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Tesla’s 3Q loss widens, but share price rise on production

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Germany’s VW: New C02 problems with 800,000 vehicles

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

School says it can’t let teen die

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teen with a terminal heart condition has not returned to school after a spate of hospitalizations because of what his ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Redskins: US has registered plenty of ‘offensive’ company trademarks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Washington Redskins defend their federal trademark registration, they argue in court papers that the government has registered plenty of companies ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Man bites dog, popping eye out of socket

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

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