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Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Tax case could change online shopping

DENVER (AP) - Buying things online could get pricier after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case Monday that could ultimately lead to states collecting ...

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


Dad who received video of lifeless son headed to trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man accused of not calling 911 when the mother of his toddler son sent him videos of the boy's lifeless body ...

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


GOP candidate for Virginia governor giving away AR-15

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for Virginia governor is giving away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as part of his campaign.

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


On the ground! Police help man stage proposal to girlfriend

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Police in one Alabama city said they helped stage a man's arrest so that he could really just kneel down and ...

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii’s last sugar mill closing

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The only remaining sugar mill in Hawaii is ending its final harvest.

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


Man freed 2 years after wife’s false accusation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a man has been freed from a Tennessee prison more than two years after his wife lied about him threatening ...

December 12, 2016 | | Nation


Fearing Trump crackdown, ‘dreamers’ advised to end travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barack Obama, are being ...

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


Report: VA hospital left body in shower room for 9 hours

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) - Staff at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida left the body of a veteran in a shower for nine hours after the ...

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


Case challenges the use of cellphone tower evidence

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court is adding to the divided legal landscape nationwide surrounding the validity of cellphone tower evidence ...

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


Police expect Trump to lift surplus military gear limits

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - If president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once ...

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump rejects daily intel briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump on Sunday called a recent CIA assessment of Russian hacking "ridiculous" and says he's not interested in getting daily intelligence ...

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


KKK disavows white supremacist label

PELHAM, N.C. (AP) - In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy.

December 11, 2016 | | Nation


AMERICAN DREAM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that ...

December 08, 2016 | | Nation


Coca-Cola targets “foodies”

NEW YORK (AP) - What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to ...

December 08, 2016 | | Nation


Phone calls on airline flights?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

December 08, 2016 | | Nation


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