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Mormons will keep affiliation with Scouts despite gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders - preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fate of Nebraska’s death penalty likely to go to voters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has collected more than enough signatures to stop its repeal and place the issue before voters in 2016.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Pot tax may fund county scholarships

DENVER (AP) - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fired reporter kills 2 on live TV

MONETA, Va. (AP) - He planned it all so carefully - a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later, he shared his own recording of the killing worldwide on social media.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Bill would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per pack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters say would curb smoking deaths and critics argue would place an unnecessary burden on consumers and small businesses.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Stock market surges 619 points

NEW YORUK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Airlines wage limited fare wars

CHICAGO (AP) - Airline fare wars are making a comeback.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Bush hit from both sides on birthright

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jeb Bush came to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post to talk about veterans' affairs but two words hung over the town hall event in a Denver suburb Tuesday: anchor babies.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

CEO of male escort Internet site, 6 workers charged with prostitution

NEW YORK (AP) - The chief executive of a Manhattan-based online male escort service and six of his employees at were arrested Tuesday on charges of promoting prostitution.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid faces first sainthood test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutors: Ex-surgeon refers to himself as ‘killer’ in email

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas neurosurgeon facing criminal charges alleging he may have intentionally hurt patients who had turned to him to resolve debilitating injuries sent a chilling email to his girlfriend saying he was ready to "become a cold blooded killer," according to prosecutors.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Student with gun who took school hostages in custody

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before he released them after negotiations and surrendered, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Bad traffic? Blame beeping economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror.

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

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Redskins: US has registered plenty of ‘offensive’ company trademarks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Washington Redskins defend their federal trademark registration, they argue in court papers that the government has registered plenty of companies ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Man bites dog, popping eye out of socket

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Taiwan, Chinese presidents to meet first time since ‘49

BEIJING (AP) - China confirmed Wednesday that President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in a historic first culminating nearly eight ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Officer shot himself, arrested for false report

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas police officer who sparked a manhunt and investigation by claiming he had been shot during a traffic stop was ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Teens spend an average of nine hours a day with media

NEW YORK (AP) - Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Survey: Religious Americans keep faith amid secularization

NEW YORK (AP) - A survey released Tuesday brought some good news for faith leaders alarmed by the spike in the number of Americans who say ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

TransCanada : Suspend pipeline review

TORONTO (AP) - TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast, has asked the U.S. State ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Police backlash puts pressure on Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’

NEW YORK (AP) - Calls by police groups to boycott Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" are putting pressure on one of December's most anticipated ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Group objects to New York district’s transgender policy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Christian advocacy group has asked a western New York school district to stop letting a transgender student use the boys ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Bush hits campaign reset, retools slogan: ‘Jeb Can Fix It’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jeb Bush hit the reset button on his faltering presidential campaign, racing across Florida Monday with a new slogan that cast him ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Youths across US suing to push government on climate change

SEATTLE (AP) - They can't vote yet, but dozens of young people want a say in the planet's future, so minors nationwide have been ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

White House slamss Ryan’s immigration remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday accused new House Speaker Paul Ryan of "pandering to the extreme right wing" of his party on immigration.

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Supreme Court troubled by DA’s rejection of black jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court signaled support Monday for a black death row inmate in Georgia who claims prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Yet another E. coli in outbreak at Chipotle’s

SEATTLE (AP) - Chipotle closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations after the chain's third foodborne illness this year sickened about two dozen people - prompting ...

November 02, 2015 | | Nation

Concealed carry license holder kills armed gunman trying to rob store

CHICAGO (AP) - A customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed man attempting to rob a Chicago neighborhood store, police said Sunday.

November 01, 2015 | | Nation

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