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NY probes driver's license scam

NEW YORK (AP) - New York drivers apparently cheated on hundreds of tests to operate the most vulnerable vehicles on the road - from trucks hauling hazardous materials to school buses - and eight commercial drivers have been charged so far, state and federal officials said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Strange for effort to target sex ads hits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source - conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Haunted house puts underwear on 'naked event'

READING, PA (AP) - Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Comic assaulted man over tweet

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - A standup comedian faces assault charges after a physical altercation with a journalist in the audience that was documented on Twitter.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN, 102, GETS HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA : PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


US citizen gets 25 years in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-shutdown bill advances; fight still looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Twitter launches emergency alerts for smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


BP damaged sea-floor life for miles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


'Cruz effect' further empowering grass roots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success and boiled down to largely political performance art. But in Texas, the combative style his 21-hour speech demonstrated could be transformative.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gun group plans shotgun giveaway

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gun group is offering free shotguns to residents in Florida, billing it as a way for people to protect themselves against crime.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOME AND STOCK VALUES BOOST US HOUSEHOLD WEALTH: WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obamacare premiums unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

September 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Maine governor: Drug dealers impregnate ‘young white’ girls

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Blunt-spoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage said out-of-state drug dealers are impregnating "young white" girls, and his remarks were quickly denounced by critics ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Bill would make videotaping police a crime if too close

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker wants to bar the public from videotaping law enforcement officers from close-range, saying groups that rush in to film police ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


$700 MILLION POWERBALL

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Schools mull medical marijuana policies over student use

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Hold the 16-oz drink, limit salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Better cut down on sugar, especially those 16-ounce drinks, and limit your salt. But you might not need to worry quite as much ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics ...

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Feds launch criminal look at Chipotle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chipotle said it has been subpoenaed as part of a federal criminal investigation and that sales plummeted 30 percent in December after ...

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency budget plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than calling for tax help, but the agency's in-house ...

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


BACKGROUND CHECKS EXPAND

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's move to tighten controls on guns could curb the unregulated buying and selling of weapons over the Internet and ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

NEW YORK (AP) - Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


US Navy Pacific Fleet smaller, even as China’s military grows

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet is shrinking even as the U.S. and its allies are facing challenges posed by China ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Leader of armed group wants land transfer, then will go home

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - A leader of the small, armed group that is occupying a remote national wildlife preserve in Oregon said Tuesday they will go ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Police say girl abused as mother worked as prostitute in next room

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama said Tuesday that a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while her mother worked as a prostitute in another ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


College begins effort to fire professor for Islam comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of a Christian college in suburban Chicago on Tuesday said they have begun efforts to fire a professor who was placed on ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Charges considered in fatal dog-mauling of California boy

LINDA (AP) - Authorities were considering Tuesday whether to seek criminal charges against a woman whose pit bull dogs mauled to death her 9-year-old brother in ...

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


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