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Florida surpasses NY in population

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It's official: Florida has surpassed New York in population to become the third-most populous state in the union.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation

Proposal seeks gun permits for pot users

DENVER (AP) - Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation

NY mayor: Halt protests against police for now

NEW YORK (AP) - As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the executions of two officers.

December 22, 2014 | | Nation

Teen, 16, shot by shopper possible athletic-shoe envy

CINCINNATI (AP) - A mall shopper shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who attempted a robbery on the sidewalk outside, possibly in pursuit of a pair of limited-edition athletic shoes, police in southwest Ohio said Monday.

December 22, 2014 | | Nation

Railroads seek 1-person crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard - an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman.

December 22, 2014 | | Nation

British singer Joe Cocker succumbs to of lung cancer

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends," the teary ballad "You Are So Beautiful" and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.

December 22, 2014 | | Nation


JUDGE OKS OKLAHOMA'S LETHAL INJECTION PROTOCOL: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

December 22, 2014 | | Nation

Killings of 2 officers trigger backlash

NEW YORK (AP) - Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier design gets approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is closer to having a long-debated, $76 million suicide barrier installed to stop dozens of people each year from jumping to their deaths from the San Francisco icon.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Man told to pay $1.5M for card fraud

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery - stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

MIAMI (AP) - Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Christie wants cop killer returned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Rally against police shuts down part of mall

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation

Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

BERNE, N.Y. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation

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Taiwan, Chinese presidents to meet first time since ‘49

BEIJING (AP) - China confirmed Wednesday that President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in a historic first culminating nearly eight ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Officer shot himself, arrested for false report

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas police officer who sparked a manhunt and investigation by claiming he had been shot during a traffic stop was ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Teens spend an average of nine hours a day with media

NEW YORK (AP) - Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Survey: Religious Americans keep faith amid secularization

NEW YORK (AP) - A survey released Tuesday brought some good news for faith leaders alarmed by the spike in the number of Americans who say ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

TransCanada : Suspend pipeline review

TORONTO (AP) - TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast, has asked the U.S. State ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Police backlash puts pressure on Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’

NEW YORK (AP) - Calls by police groups to boycott Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" are putting pressure on one of December's most anticipated ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Group objects to New York district’s transgender policy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Christian advocacy group has asked a western New York school district to stop letting a transgender student use the boys ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Bush hits campaign reset, retools slogan: ‘Jeb Can Fix It’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jeb Bush hit the reset button on his faltering presidential campaign, racing across Florida Monday with a new slogan that cast him ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Youths across US suing to push government on climate change

SEATTLE (AP) - They can't vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet's future, so minors nationwide have been ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

White House slamss Ryan’s immigration remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday accused new House Speaker Paul Ryan of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party on immigration.

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Supreme Court troubled by DA’s rejection of black jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court signaled support Monday for a black death row inmate in Georgia who claims prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Yet another E. coli in outbreak at Chipotle’s

SEATTLE (AP) - Chipotle closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations after the chain's third foodborne illness this year sickened about two dozen people - prompting ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman trying to rob store

CHICAGO (AP) - A customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed man attempting to rob a Chicago neighborhood store, police said Sunday.

November 01, 2015 | | Nation

Frustrated Republicans agree on push for debate changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates have agreed on a series of demands giving them greater control of debates, as the GOP's frustrated 2016 class ...

November 01, 2015 | | Nation

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, a folksy Tennessee lawyer whose career led him from politics to Hollywood and back again, died ...

November 01, 2015 | | Nation

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