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Debt limit overtaking shutdown as crisis focus for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN SPAGHETTI SAUCE STICKUP: MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A 53-year-old woman accused of using cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a bank has pleaded guilty.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


Boston bombing victims learning to run again

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow "Boston Strong" hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Boy boards plane at Minn. airport without ticket

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


DA: Motorcyclist had key role in NYC SUV brawl

NEW YORK (AP) - A motorcyclist accused of smashing a window and catalyzing a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and an SUV driver was arraigned Sunday on gang assault and other major charges, which his lawyer said were overblown.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Shutdown ruins vacations, hurts towns

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you're likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

October 05, 2013 | | Nation


Prospect for quick end is remote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital as passers-by rushed over to help put out the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Midwest storm: Snow & tornadoes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


$150,000 raised for honest homeless man

BOSTON (AP) - The honesty of a homeless man who handed a lost, cash-filled backpack over to police has inspired more than $150,000 in donations to a fund set up in his honor, the fund's organizer said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Web fuels dangerous weight-loss goal

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Bible & beer combine for men's study group

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) - In between a sip or two of beer, a group of men delved deeper into the Bible at a bar off Route 67 last week.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


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Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - thus far the province of western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Boy with fake gun dies after being shot

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Bay of Pigs vets seek billions from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking down Fidel Castro lieutenant Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


City takes on quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - The self-styled "Robin Hooders" race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from "the king's tariff."

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Letter that inspired Kerouac found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre - 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Water district wants state help with Salton Sea

SALTON CITY (AP) - The Imperial Irrigation District has asked the state water board to intervene to help prevent further deterioration of the Salton Sea.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio college building indoor drone pavilion

CINCINNATI (AP) - An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Does bad behavior hurt business?

NEW YORK (AP) - Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business?

November 23, 2014 | | Nation


Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the IRS's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


Locomotive back on track after 88 years

CARSON CITY (AP) - The Glenbrook - perhaps the most viewed locomotive in Nevada history - roared to life for the first time in 88 years this week in Carson City.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


Marking 75 years with same company

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (AP) - Frances Moore was hired to help out for the holidays at an Alabama jewelry store in 1939, and she's still there.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


Maine risks losing funding over photos

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage's administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about the state's decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


Crowd cheers comedy from embattled Cosby

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with cancellations, the embattled entertainer joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation as he took the stage and another when he finished.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation


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