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Chess, rubber duck inducted into Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Math, reading scores up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gay rights bill gets Senate OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


One final toast for surviving Doolittle Raiders this weekend

CINCINNATI (AP) - Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast Saturday to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights denial of 'COPSLIE' vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Third fire in Tesla Model S reported

DETROIT (AP) - A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher back in class after suspension over requiring student that’s a Jehovah’s Witness to recite p

MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes’ on dating website: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’

DENVER (AP) - Records from two dating websites where Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked "Will you visit me in prison?" can be used as evidence in his trial, the judge ruled Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Rulings move Ohio child \killer closer to execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Back-to-back rulings Thursday pushed a condemned child killer closer to being executed next week by a lethal two-drug combination never used in the U.S.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Cat used for target practice shot by arrow

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama ‘sorry' people are losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a growing furor, President Barack Obama said Thursday he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Gay police chief makes sheriff’s run

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff ...

August 21, 2016 | | Nation


Is Trump getting back on track?

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a tumultuous stretch of gaffes and falling poll numbers for Donald Trump, top GOP campaign and party officials insisted Sunday that their ...

August 21, 2016 | | Nation


Bill taking aim at ticket scalpers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a federal crackdown on ticket scalpers using computer programs to jack up the prices of ...

August 14, 2016 | | Nation


Friends calling imam slaying hate crime; cops say no motive

NEW YORK (AP) - The daylight slaying of a mosque leader and his associate set off fear and anguish Sunday among Bangladeshi Muslims in a New ...

August 14, 2016 | | Nation


Trump goes on tear against media, not Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday went on a new tear against the media, blaming the "disgusting" press for a week of distractions ...

August 14, 2016 | | Nation


New Clinton effort tries to tap power of ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton's campaign is launching a new effort to tap into the political power of young, undocumented immigrants, hoping to capitalize on ...

August 14, 2016 | | Nation


Lopsided Senate race

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With less than three months until Election Day, Loretta Sanchez is running out of time to narrow the gap with front-runner Kamala ...

August 14, 2016 | | Nation


Tainted candy at party likely edible marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A special unit of the San Francisco Police Department is investigating how 19 people including a 6-year-old child could have eaten gummy ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Obama will speak at Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 31 to speak about his commitment to ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Hulu dropping free video

NEW YORK (AP) - Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart buying online retailer

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is buying fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, scooping up a newcomer ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Deal over service members’ car repos

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department announced Monday that it had reached a $434,500 settlement with HSBC Finance Corporation over the repossession of cars owned ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Dealer refused to sell to man over Taliban concern

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - An Indian national living in the U.S. has sued a car dealership for more than $1 million, alleging it refused ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Delta recovering after global outage

DALLAS (AP) - At least half of all Delta Air Lines flights Monday were delayed or canceled after a power outage knocked out the airline's ...

August 09, 2016 | | Nation


Boy, 13, drove drunk with drunken grandma in back

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico deputies say a traffic stop yielded a surprising find: a drunken 13-year-old boy behind the wheel and the ...

August 08, 2016 | | Nation


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