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Strange for effort to target sex ads hits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source - conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Haunted house puts underwear on 'naked event'

READING, PA (AP) - Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Comic assaulted man over tweet

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - A standup comedian faces assault charges after a physical altercation with a journalist in the audience that was documented on Twitter.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN, 102, GETS HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA : PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


US citizen gets 25 years in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-shutdown bill advances; fight still looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Twitter launches emergency alerts for smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


BP damaged sea-floor life for miles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


'Cruz effect' further empowering grass roots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success and boiled down to largely political performance art. But in Texas, the combative style his 21-hour speech demonstrated could be transformative.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gun group plans shotgun giveaway

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gun group is offering free shotguns to residents in Florida, billing it as a way for people to protect themselves against crime.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOME AND STOCK VALUES BOOST US HOUSEHOLD WEALTH: WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obamacare premiums unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

September 24, 2013 | | Nation


Reunited Obama, Bill Clinton tout health care law

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took to the same stage Tuesday to promote the new health care law that Obama championed after Clinton's own efforts to reform health care years earlier fell flat.

September 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Paris attacks suspect was planning new acts

BRUSSELS (AP) - The top suspect in last year's Paris attacks told investigators after he was captured that he was planning new operations from Brussels ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Ex-trooper kills 2 in turnpike toll booth holdup, is shot dead

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. (AP) - A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Killer off death row thanks to disabled definition tweak

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say Ronell Wilson is a calculating murderer. Since his imprisonment for killing two New York City police detectives, he has been ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Obama in Cuba for historic visit

HAVANA (AP) - Stepping into history, President Barack Obama opened an extraordinary visit to Cuba on Sunday, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the ...

March 20, 2016 | | Nation


Conservatives plot Trump demise

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Fearful of a Donald Trump nomination to lead the GOP, conservative leaders huddled privately in Washington on Thursday in search of ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders says he has a ‘path toward victory’ against Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he still maintains a "path toward victory" in his Democratic presidential bid against Hillary Clinton, rejecting suggestions ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Gas pipeline explosions bring new US safety plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation's 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making whales perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise announcement on Thursday: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will soon ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Maryland Senate approves state song changes, cuts ‘Northern scum’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers took a step Thursday toward scrubbing references to "Northern scum" and other Civil War-era phrases from the official state song.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Buddhist monk pleads guilty to embezzling temple to gamble

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Buddhist monk pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he embezzled more than $200,000 from his Louisiana temple to feed a ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


If you’re considering bariatric surgery . . .

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Finances and fear deter many morbidly obese patients from having stomach-reducing bariatric surgery, but it's steadily becoming more common.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Uber to give drivers option to be paid instantly; no fees

SAN FRAANCSCO (AP) - Uber is launching a pilot program intended to help the ride-hailing service's drivers draw their pay faster, an effort that may ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


YouTube now on T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile and YouTube have come to terms after a public spat over the phone company's "Binge On" video streaming service.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Move to outlaw ‘non-helicopter parents’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Parents who fear the judgment of neighbors if they leave their kids alone at home or in a car may soon ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Americans more tolerant of gay marriage but not divorce

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are more accepting of gay relationships and couples living together before marriage - but they've grown less comfortable with divorce, a ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


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