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‘American Idol’ votes routed to pizzeria

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


States up heat help in food stamp cut end-run

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Sled dog race gets underway in Alaska

WILLOW, Alaska (AP) - A New Zealander was the first musher en route to the town of Nome when the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Sunday.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mass. man’s speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Idaho House panel backs guns on campus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed out of a legislative committee Friday afternoon, despite objections from students, multiple police chiefs and leaders of all eight of the state's public colleges.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Avalanche levels Montana house; 2 saved, 1 missing

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly woman missing, but rescuers found an elderly man and an 8-year-old boy alive, police said.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Too few pilots or too little pay?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Primaries offer test of voter ID laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Nannies, babysitters, maids & Social Security

Q: We are going to hire a nanny to help care for our two small children. We have heard different opinions about whether we will have to deduct Social Security taxes from the wages we will be paying this person. Can you please clarify this?

February 28, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation


Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


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Lucas museum: ‘Palace for Jabba the Hutt’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The sketches of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Chicago museum show a flowing white building topped with a hovering ring. The newly unveiled architectural designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were drawing a range of reaction on Wednesday, from snide comments to forthright admiration.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Pot backers look to California after wins

SEATTLE (AP) - Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it's a big one: California.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Republicans surge to Senate control

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


5 things to watch for after the election

WASHINGTON (AP) - Five things to look for the morning after Election Day:

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Voters holding their noses, hope for change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Coast to coast, voters cast ballots with an audible harrumph on Tuesday - many of them unhappy with their choices and doubtful things will get better no matter who wins.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

NEW YORK (AP) - Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wisconsin’s Walker wins for 3rd time in four years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years - and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of tossing son off bridge

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Woman’s ATM card used in Maryland

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A bank card belonging to a woman abducted from a Philadelphia street was used the next morning in Maryland by a man whose grainy image was caught on bank cameras, police said Tuesday as relatives tearfully pleaded for her return.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Taliban detainee brought from Afghanistan to USA for trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Marathon suspect’s sister pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ambush suspect used Internet

PITTSBURG, Pa (AP) - The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Circus cited for hair-hanging stunt that injured 9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lava spares family headstone in cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

OHIO GIRL, 3, SHOT BY 4-YEAR-OLD BROTHER: LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.

November 03, 2014 | | Nation


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