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KUTCHER TO PLAY STEVE JOBS IN BIOPIC: LOS ANGELES (AP) - He's already a titan of social media, so it only makes sense that Ashton Kutcher would play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biography.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Priest joked of abusing 3 boys in week

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jurors in a landmark priest abuse trial on Monday heard about a priest-turned-camp prowler and another who was accused of bragging about having sex with three boys in a week.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Media take on police-like role in Martin case

MIAMI (AP) - The news media are taking on an increasingly police-like role in the Trayvon Martin slaying by using modern forensic techniques to analyze evidence, an approach some legal experts say can lead to a distorted view of the case because a lot of the key evidence is still under wraps.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Lobbying justices, Obama makes his health law case, slams ‘unelected/ court

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul, weighing in with a vigorous political appeal for judicial restraint. He warned that overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans and amount to overreach by the "unelected" court.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Coming up with a new menu is a whopper of a task for Burger King

MIAMI (AP) - When Burger King set about to fix its ailing empire, the fast food giant started by scrutinizing everything on the menu - even the mayonnaise.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


1940 census record release includes more than 21 million American who are still alive

NEW YORK (AP) - When the 1940 census records are released today, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Democrats sharpen attack as GOP rallies behind Romney

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration launched a multi-pronged assault on Mitt Romney's values and foreign policy credentials Sunday, while a fresh set of prominent Republicans rallied behind the GOP front-runner as the odds-on nominee, further signs the general election is overtaking the primary season.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Thousands gather at Miami rally for Trayvon Martin

MIAMI (AP) - Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news in brief

• BUS INSPECTIONS GET LAX OVERSIGHT DESPITE CRASHES: HOUSTON (AP) - Months after their state-certified vehicle inspection station was cited by federal authorities for failing to notice defects in a bus that crashed in North Texas, killing 17 passengers, brothers Alam and Cesar Hernandez shuttered their firm. But that didn't mean they were out of the vehicle inspection business.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Official: Winning lottery ticket sold in Maryland

CHICAGO (AP) - Maryland lottery officials announced early Saturday that their state sold what could become the world's largest lottery payout of all-time, but it wasn't immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot or have to split it with other winners.

March 31, 2012 | | Nation


Americans bet nearly $1.5B to win record $640M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: an infinitesimally small chance to win what could end up being the single biggest lottery payout the world has ever seen.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


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DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK IN PA. _ SPRINKLE LIME: YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) - Officials in central Pennsylvania aren't crying over a few thousand gallons of spilled milk. They're sprinkling some lime on it.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage position

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Defense secretary blasts budget cuts

ABOARD THE USS PELELIU (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


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$1.5 M needed to save Rosie’s plant

DETROIT (AP) - A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man found dead in home filled with clutter

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas house was so jammed with clutter that it took two days before the homeowner's body was finally discovered amid the debris, authorities said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Million jars of peanut butter dumped

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Government: Industry hampers oil train safety

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Weary rescuers battle rain, exhaustion

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 25 people.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Bride showed no remorse in husband’s death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18B

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU settles suit over sonline comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A school district and a girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

series addressing real-life questions about personal impact of health care law.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: More than 6M signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Some slide victims may not be found

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington state's deadly mudslide.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


NY schools most racially segregated

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Conn. approves highest state minimum wage

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers Wednesday approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country and the same rate that President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


US to commit more forces to NATO

BRUSSELS (AP) - The United States plans to join with other NATO nations in increasing ground and naval forces in Eastern Europe as part of the military alliance's response to Russia's incursion in Ukraine, the White House said Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Horse owners must prevent injuries

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Owners of horses and other domestic animals must try to prevent their animals from causing foreseeable injuries, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that avoided the larger issue of whether horses are inherently vicious while siding with a family whose child was bitten by one.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


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