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After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


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INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Retailer drops girls' math shirt after complaints

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Children's Place has stopped selling a T-shirt that sparked complaints of sexism.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Maine candidate in swimsuit video defends self

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A candidate for Maine Senate who's getting heat for appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an online video says his acting background is the kind of experience Mainers should want from their lawmakers.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Research disputes links between combat, suicide

CHICAGO (AP) - Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war's effects on the psyche.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Rising tax revenue eases pressure for cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


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Utah hunter who killed gray wolf won’t be charged

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of killing 7 people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


De Blasio, after hit from Cuomo, does not back down

NEW YORK (AP) - The cold war between New York's two leading Democrats is showing no signs of abating.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


3 sisters missing in Wyoming wilderness are found safe

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Three Midwestern sisters who were missing for days in a rugged Wyoming wilderness area were found alive in a remote area and ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


NYPD making some undocumented stops, monitor report says

NEW YORK (AP) - The federal monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy said Thursday the reform effort is moving in ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison

DENVER (AP) - Immigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Deaths show DuPont has ‘failed’ safety program

A PORTE, Texas (AP) - U.S. regulators on Thursday took DuPont to task for a massive gas leak last year that killed four workers at ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plea by Jefferson Davis descendant spurs flag vote

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An impassioned plea by a descendant of the Confederate president seemed to swing momentum as South Carolina legislators debated whether to ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Tom Selleck, water district reach tentative settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Selleck reached a tentative settlement Thursday in a lawsuit that claims he stole truckloads of water from a public hydrant and ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man, grandson die on hike; boy likely was going for help

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - A man and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead several miles apart along a desert trail after they went hiking in ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plane collision marks 2nd fatal tragedy for family in a week

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate flag debate wears on as GOP mounts opposition

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of Republicans mounted opposition Wednesday to immediately removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds as the South Carolina ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor fired the troubled city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a recent spike in homicides in the weeks after an ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


3 indicted in Las Vegas investment fraud case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities in the U.S. are seeking the arrest of the chief executive of a Las Vegas investment company and two of ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Pot-smoking Indianapolis church sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe ...

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


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