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NSA program is likely unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration's arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Obama’s health care promise is 2013 top quote

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year's list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Probation for golf course shooting

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor of Ohio girl found dead in trash arrested

SMITHVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A 9-year-old Ohio girl last seen playing in the mobile home park where she lived was found dead in a nearby trash bin after a frantic search, and police on Sunday arrested a neighbor they've described as a family friend in the killing.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher disciplined for ‘Santa’ remark

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Effort pitches health care to students

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The image projected before the classroom at California State University, Los Angeles showed a pair of gleeful sky divers plunging through the air.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Mega Millions jackpot swells to $425M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million.

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


Budget legislation prospect solid

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


KANSAS AIRPORT WORKER ARRESTED IN CAR BOMB PLOT: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors s

KANSAS AIRPORT WORKER ARRESTED IN CAR BOMB PLOT: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.

December 13, 2013 | Nina Frisby | Nation


'Sister Wives' family wins ruling in bigamy suit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that key parts of Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, handing a legal victory to a polygamist family that stars in the TV reality show "Sister Wives."

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


Dog helps Alaska woman survive three nights in cold

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A woman survived nearly three nights in bitter interior Alaska cold by burning her snowmobile and huddling with her small dog, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


Did ‘affluenza’ get teen a break for killing 4?

HOUSTON (AP) - "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


'I'm walkin' here!' Sidewalks in NYC turn sour during holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - For sharp-elbowed New Yorkers accustomed to walking where they need to go at a big-city pace, the holiday season is hardly the most wonderful time of the year.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. professor suspended after silent protest

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado university has suspended a religious studies professor whose silent protest against racial bias led to complaints about his refusal to speak during classes.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Party on, Abe: Illinois named top party school in the nation

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about it

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family's dog ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform strategies

MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


AT&T offers TV-wireless discount

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Task force urges more research into autism screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Koch: Conservatives must demand smaller government

DANA POINT (AP) - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Survivor recounts tough rescue

DESERT CENTER AP) - A man whose truck crashed when a torrent of gushing floodwater collapsed a Southern California bridge says he doubted he'd survive ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Cake: The new favorite mode for political debate?

NEW YORK (AP) - It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Most picky eating harmless but can signal emotional woes

CHICAGO (AP) - Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Manhunt for police officer’s killer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


No indications of potential motorcyclist gang violence at 75th Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Never-before-seen crowds are expected to ride into the craggy, evergreen-dotted Black Hills of western South Dakota this week, all headed to ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


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