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KUTCHER TO PLAY STEVE JOBS IN BIOPIC: LOS ANGELES (AP) - He's already a titan of social media, so it only makes sense that Ashton Kutcher would play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biography.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Priest joked of abusing 3 boys in week

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jurors in a landmark priest abuse trial on Monday heard about a priest-turned-camp prowler and another who was accused of bragging about having sex with three boys in a week.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Media take on police-like role in Martin case

MIAMI (AP) - The news media are taking on an increasingly police-like role in the Trayvon Martin slaying by using modern forensic techniques to analyze evidence, an approach some legal experts say can lead to a distorted view of the case because a lot of the key evidence is still under wraps.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Lobbying justices, Obama makes his health law case, slams ‘unelected/ court

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul, weighing in with a vigorous political appeal for judicial restraint. He warned that overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans and amount to overreach by the "unelected" court.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Coming up with a new menu is a whopper of a task for Burger King

MIAMI (AP) - When Burger King set about to fix its ailing empire, the fast food giant started by scrutinizing everything on the menu - even the mayonnaise.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


1940 census record release includes more than 21 million American who are still alive

NEW YORK (AP) - When the 1940 census records are released today, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Democrats sharpen attack as GOP rallies behind Romney

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration launched a multi-pronged assault on Mitt Romney's values and foreign policy credentials Sunday, while a fresh set of prominent Republicans rallied behind the GOP front-runner as the odds-on nominee, further signs the general election is overtaking the primary season.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Thousands gather at Miami rally for Trayvon Martin

MIAMI (AP) - Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news in brief

• BUS INSPECTIONS GET LAX OVERSIGHT DESPITE CRASHES: HOUSTON (AP) - Months after their state-certified vehicle inspection station was cited by federal authorities for failing to notice defects in a bus that crashed in North Texas, killing 17 passengers, brothers Alam and Cesar Hernandez shuttered their firm. But that didn't mean they were out of the vehicle inspection business.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Official: Winning lottery ticket sold in Maryland

CHICAGO (AP) - Maryland lottery officials announced early Saturday that their state sold what could become the world's largest lottery payout of all-time, but it wasn't immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot or have to split it with other winners.

March 31, 2012 | | Nation


Americans bet nearly $1.5B to win record $640M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: an infinitesimally small chance to win what could end up being the single biggest lottery payout the world has ever seen.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


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DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK IN PA. _ SPRINKLE LIME: YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) - Officials in central Pennsylvania aren't crying over a few thousand gallons of spilled milk. They're sprinkling some lime on it.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage position

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Defense secretary blasts budget cuts

ABOARD THE USS PELELIU (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


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House votes to limit president on monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his successors would see their ability to designate new national monuments limited under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


NYC: 10-cent grocery fee for all bags?

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City grocery shoppers may soon face a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper bags, enlisting the nation's largest city in a growing green movement.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Zuckerberg spending spree: Is he a visionary or looney?

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

ATLANTA (AP) A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Dish, DirecTV shares rise on merger talk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober

CHICAGO (AP) - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Candy Crush’ maker’s stock falls

NEW YORK (AP) - A crush it isn't.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Young workers change jobs frequently

WASHINGTON (AP) - Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Birth control rule dividing high court?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Extra time to enroll for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


IRS: Bitcoin will be taxed like property

WASHINGTON (AP) - Virtual currencies like bitcoin will be taxed like property - not currency, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


WTC parachute jump: ‘Selfish act’?

NEW YORK (AP) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York police commissioner denounced the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a lawless act that put others in danger.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal to end NSA’s phone sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) - To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Agencies seek to clarify wetlands rules

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Federal agencies Tuesday asserted regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands in an effort to clarify which are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Judge spares life of dog that mauled child

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix judge on Tuesday spared the life of a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on mercy, blame and animal violence.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


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