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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


New Jersey festival lets you eat, drink, wear, smell & even floss with bacon

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drank or worn it before.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Nebraska city to reconsider rental law

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Almost four years after a small Nebraska city tried to crack down on illegal immigration, the town is having second thoughts about requiring all renters to swear that they have legal permission to be in the United States.

February 10, 2014 | | Nation


Another delay in health law requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.

February 10, 2014 | | Nation


Ball bearings plant explosion injures 15

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) - An explosion rocked a small-town ball bearings plant on Monday, sending at least 15 people to the hospital, but a company spokeswoman said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

February 10, 2014 | | Nation


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Homeless man gets back nearly $10k in cash left on bus bench

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida homeless man has been reunited with an inheritance of nearly $10,000 in cash, stuffed into two envelopes, which he'd accidentally left on a bus bench.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Transgender student sues school, citing restroom policy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A transgender teenager said in a lawsuit Thursday that he has been stigmatized by a policy that bars him from using the boys' restrooms at his eastern Virginia high school.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Union-backed Dems make final push to kill Obama’s trade bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama's trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Man pleads no contest to beheading, dismembering dogs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 25-year-old Nevada man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs pleaded no contest Thursday to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals in a troubling case that sparked public outrage.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Pregnant mom of 12 pleads not guilty to child neglect charge

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A pregnant mother of 12 pleaded not guilty to a child neglect charge Thursday after authorities found her children in a trash-strewn Tulsa home with collapsing ceilings and no running water.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Singer killed in gunfight with bounty hunter

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A bounty hunter trying to detain a country music singer wanted on a DUI charge shot and killed the man in a gunfight at the singer's home, authorities said Thursday.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Did breakup trigger killing spree?

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A former girlfriend of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes testified Wednesday in his death penalty trial that they went to a horror film festival on their first date and she broke things off a few months later because he wanted more than a casual relationship.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio sheriff says hit man killed wrong victim with target’s name

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Three men were indicted Wednesday on aggravated murder charges for a contract killing nine years ago in which the hit man went to the wrong house and killed a man with the same name as the intended target, Ohio authorities said.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Poll: shows most Americans expect Supreme Court to OK gay marriage

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Is McCormick shortchanging pepper buyers?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A dust-up over pepper has landed in federal court in Minneapolis.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Murder charge dropped against woman who induced abortion

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia prosecutor dropped a murder charge Wednesday but is pursuing a drug possession count against a 23-year-old woman accused of ending her pregnancy without a prescription, using pills she bought online.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


NTSB: Amtrak engineer wasn’t talking, texting on cellphone

WASHINGTON (AP) - The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday to cut Amtrak's budget by $242 million, though lawmakers added new funding for video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record engineers and help investigators get to the bottom of crashes such as last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


California could see catastrophic fires

DENVER (AP) - Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Officer caught on video in pool party incident resigns

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A white police officer recorded on video pushing a black girl to the ground at a North Texas pool party resigned from the police force Tuesday.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


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