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Interior ends federal 'Blueway' program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A U.S. Interior Department program intended to recognize conservation efforts along the nation's waterways was dissolved on Friday amid opposition from landowners and politicians who feared it would lead to increased regulations and possible land seizures.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


Plan for firearm background check changes

HONOLULU (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


Skimpy plans leave some ‘underinsured’

WASHINGTON (AP) - For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama's health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

'BREAKING BAD' WINNER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Citizens come to aid of shot officer

PHOENIX (AP) - Police on Thursday commended the actions of citizens who offered help after an officer and another man were shot following the armed robbery of $18,000 from employees of a strip club.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bid to reduce Saudi man's sentence denied

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge on Thursday denied a Saudi man's request to return to his home country to complete his prison term for sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Is shale oil more explosive?

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Some workers set to reach $100K pay in Boeing deal

SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Confusion, relief mark start of new reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Real world study shows texting, & dialing while driving raises crash risk

ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


James Avery of ‘Fresh Prince’ television fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Marketing efforts target ‘young invincibles’

MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Legal recreational pot industry opens

DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


HP confirms higher layoffs expected

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


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The dictionary folks at Merriam- Webster sum up 2016: surreal

NEW YORK (AP) - Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare?

December 19, 2016 | | Nation


Homeless fall victim to synthetic pot

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to a new, dirt-cheap version of synthetic marijuana, which leaves users glassy-eyed ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Michelle Obama’s ‘no hope’ comment about the past

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


China says it will give drone back, Trump says ‘keep it’

BEIJING (AP) - China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn't ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Heimlich, life-saving maneuver creator, dies at 96

CINCINNATI (AP) - The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Role of first daughter may evolve

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With Ivanka Trump, the typically minor role of a first daughter could get a major makeover.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump Cabinet excites his voters noting ‘We have to trust him’

NEW YORK (AP) - As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of the wealth, connections or opinions of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Selections signal bold shift

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing ...

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart program: Stash cash in savings, win prizes

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart has a new program that offers prizes as incentives to get its legion of shoppers to sock away money in saving ...

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Fed: 8 biggest banks shift loss burden to investors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The eight biggest U.S. banks will be required to build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors. The ...

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Border cities worry ending NAFTA would hurt economies

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Donald Trump's only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted ...

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


GM testing autonomous cars on public roads

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has started testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads around its technical center in suburban Detroit.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Justice Department probing California jail snitch scandal

SANTA ANA (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday opened an investigation into a long-running scandal over the use of jailhouse informants in Orange ...

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


Ice found hidden in shadowy craters on dwarf planet Ceres

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several shadowy craters on the dwarf planet Ceres contain ice, scientists reported Thursday.

December 15, 2016 | | Nation


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