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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn't come without opposition.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Still without power, growing frustrated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio teacher suspended for racial remark

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge allows wolf derby to proceed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge Friday allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Cleaning up homes with meth labs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Throwing the book: Unreturned library books

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SC GOV. HALEY GETS A BERETTA PISTOL FOR CHRISTMAS: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


As city cycling grows, so does tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) - Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Knockout game leads to hate crime charge

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Man climbs fence at Phoenix airport, runs to airliner

PHOENIX (AP) - Two men were arrested Christmas Day on opposite sides of the country after they breached perimeters at major airports, raising questions about security measures and whether more needs to be done to protect the nation's transit hubs.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Harvard museum to dust off curiosities in storage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - As one of the world's oldest museums dedicated to anthropology turns 150, it's undergoing some big changes to showcase its ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Pumpkins go ballistic at track; some sail two thirds of a mile

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Pumpkins were going ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Mobile game replaces Pokemon creatures with Clinton, Trump

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - While some voters may wish the presidential candidates would just go away, Dartmouth College has created an app for those who ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Finishing high school with bachelor’s degree

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Aya Tal-mason's excitement as she describes her research on cancer-fighting drugs rivals her schoolmate Paige Fries' audible enthusiasm about her ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Pence says GOP ticket will ‘absolutely’ accept vote outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pence said Sunday he and Donald Trump will abide by "the will of the American people" on Election Day, and suggested that ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


North Carolina GOP office burned, graffiti sprayed nearby

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was torched by a flammable device and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Nigerian parents reunite with 21 girls freed after mass kidnapping

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Joy, jubilation and dancing erupted Sunday when a group of Nigerian parents were reunited with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


North Carolina buildings take $1.5B hit from Matthew floods

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Flooding spawned by Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Planned Parenthood celebrates centennial

NEW YORK (AP) - Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary celebrations this weekend come with a sense of relief for the group that traces its roots to ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Accusers ‘horrible horrible liars’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Lashing back, Donald Trump heatedly rejected the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as "pure fiction" on Thursday ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


911 operator accused of hanging up on 1000s of calls

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston 911 operator accused of hanging up on thousands of emergency calls is charged with two counts of interference with an emergency ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


FAA: Arkansas event followed rules in airplane turkey drop

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Federal Aviation Administration investigators said a festival in northwestern Arkansas did not break any rules when it tossed live turkeys from an ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Man abducted co-worker, possibly tortured her to death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Evidence found in the home of a man long considered a person of interest in his co-worker's disappearance suggests she might ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Amazon adding 120,000 temp workers to meet holiday demand

NEW YORK (AP) - The holidays are coming and Amazon plans to add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Truck ‘explodes’ through home, killing woman

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a driver who lost control of his pickup truck plowed through a bedroom and dining room of a central Florida ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


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