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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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Drone crashes at Kentucky’s stadium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky officials continue to investigate the crash of a student's drone into a section of Commonwealth Stadium before Saturday ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Brother offers $3500 for trumpet stolen during jazzman’s funeral

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man is offering $3,500 for return of the silver trumpet stolen during the funeral for his brother, a ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Parts of toddler’s dismembered body found in Chicago park

CHICAGO (AP) - Detectives investigating a lagoon at a Chicago urban park where a toddler's dismembered feet and hand were discovered waded through cattail reeds ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Police vehicles’ ‘In God We Trust’ decals draw complaints

DALLAS (AP) - A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large "In God We Trust" decals on its patrol vehicles in response ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Obituary: She died ‘of a heroin overdose’

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: they would not worry ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Bears breaking bad growing problem

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Are some bears just born to be bad? Or do they learn from other bears that raid garbage cans, break into ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Shark bites top of kayaker’s foot in the waters near Malibu

MALIBU (AP) - Authorities said a kayaker was bitten by a shark in the waters west of Malibu and was taken to the hospital with cuts ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Officials work to stop thefts of native artifacts

LAKEPORT (AP) - The four-year drought that has ravaged California and the wildfires charring through the state's dry forests have exposed prehistoric Native American sites ...

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds ...

September 04, 2015 | | Nation

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Cop fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

MILLIS, Mass. (AP) - An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Pastor: Mass baptism on football field was voluntary

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - The pastor of a Georgia church involved in a mass baptism before a high school football practice said Thursday the school ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Trump vows no third-party bid

NEW YORK (AP) - Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and ...

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

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