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Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

DETROIT (AP) - Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


14 at Nevada school test positive for inactive TB

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Fourteen people at a Las Vegas-area high school have tested positive for a latent, noncontagious form of tuberculosis, health officials said.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Curls & dimples: Shirley Temple dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Any kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved - or as important - as Shirley Temple.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Panel votes down heart safety claim for naproxen use

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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Three-fourths of US: Pot will be legal

DENVER (AP) - Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


GOP budget slashes spending, aid to poor

WASHINGTON (AP) - A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, but its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Yahoo adds more online security

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


New Siri-like Windows Phone feature

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


NASA cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine except on space station

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Chile’s magnitude 8.2 shaker causes little damage pr deaths

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) - Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a south

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Sign-ups surge, will they save Dems?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Police shoot 3 pit bulls that injured 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rampaging pack of dogs roamed a neighborhood early Tuesday, attacking and injuring three people before they charged a police officer and were shot, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Police shoot 3 pit bulls that injured 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rampaging pack of dogs roamed a neighborhood early Tuesday, attacking and injuring three people before they charged a police officer and were shot, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader

SEATTLE (AP) - The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Tree trimmer hospitalized with chain saw in neck

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man spent days with corpses in home

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A 30-year-old man accused of killing his mother and sister in their North Las Vegas home spent a couple of days dismembering one of the bodies and trying to clean up the bloody scene, a police official said Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Woman stabbed beau 25 times with heel

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON (AP) - New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


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