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COACH ACCUSED OF TATTOOING MINOR: COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school gymnastics coach has been accused of tattooing a teenage girl without her parents' permission.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

Congress renews undetectable gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions - the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

High-powered traveling companions

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - As Air Force One made its way from Washington to Johannesburg Monday, a president, a former president and a possible future president were all traveling aboard.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

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School cafeteria worker quits in ‘lunch shaming’

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy in a Pennsylvania school district.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Trump skips swing-state cities; opts for rural town

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Court papers: Suspect vowed ‘bombs will be heard’ in streets

NEW YORK (AP) - Ahmad Khan Rahami vowed to martyr himself rather than be caught after setting off explosives in New York and New Jersey, and ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don't pressure observers to ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

CLINTON: Trump gives ‘aid, comfort’ to ISIS recruiters

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) - Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to Islamic terrorists Monday, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps groups such as ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Anticipating debate, Trump says he thinks system rigged

NEW YORK (AP) - A week before the first presidential debate, Donald Trump is putting moderators on notice that he'll be watching to see if ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Suspect is shot and captured in New York-area bombings

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer responding to a call about a hoodied vagrant curled up asleep in a bar doorway roused ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

CEO preparing to apologize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf plans to apologize to Congress and the American public on Tuesday after allegations that bank employees opened ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Analysts: Clinton’s illness hurt peso

MEXICO CITY (AP - Economists have long said that when the United States catches a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia. But analysts said Monday that Hillary Clinton ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Flying drones out of direct sight

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - As thousands of commercial drones take to the skies under new Federal Aviation Administration rules, some small operators are pursuing a ...

September 18, 2016 | | Nation

VFW, troop support, shelter benefactors of 2016 event

The Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis has selected their three main organizations that will receive funds from the 2016 Pumpkin Fair proceeds - Veteran of Foreign Wars Jimmie ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Officer killed man less than second after giving command

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California police officer gave a man less than a second to raise his hands before opening fire and killing him ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

2 Oakland officers formally charged in police sex scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two former Northern California officers were formally charged Friday with misdemeanors for their alleged involvement in a wide-ranging police sex scandal involving ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Driver struck and killed by metal nut

MENLO PARK . (AP) - An elderly driver was struck in the neck and killed by a large metal nut as he drove on a busy Northern ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Cal-Berkeley suspends course amid Jewish groups’ complaints

BERKELEY . (AP) - The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a course amid accusations it shared anti-Semitic viewpoints and was designed to indoctrinate students against ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

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