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SD prison tobacco ban curbs religion rights

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the South Dakota prison system's ban on tobacco in religious ceremonies substantially burdens Native American inmates' religious rights.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


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MODESTO OFFICIALS VOTE TO STOP WATER DEAL WITH SF: MODESTO (AP) - Modesto water officials are no longer negotiating with San Francisco to sell Tuolumne River water to the coastal city.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


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EGYPT TO TRY 7 COPTS, US PASTOR OVER PROPHET FILM: CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's general prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Feds: NC sheriff and deputies targeted Latinos

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


18 immigrants sue US over entry program denials after investing $1M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LOS ANGELES - Eighteen immigrants are suing the federal government, alleging they were wrongly denied entry into a program that grants legal residency to foreign entrepreneurs.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Jury hears LA-area chef say on tape he cooked wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles-area chef on trial for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had slow-cooked it for days in boiling water until little was left but her skull.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation's public schools.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Republicans: Bad gets worse for Romney over flap about American’s dependency

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bad stretch for Mitt Romney just got worse, and Republican insiders now are growing increasingly pessimistic about the GOP presidential nominee's chances of winning the White House.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


More than half in 39 states will be obese

NEW YORK (AP) - We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse?

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Half avoid taxes in United States, get federal help but many not poor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney got the math about right when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no incomes taxes and are "dependent on government" for support. But he blurred together half or more of the entire country with his comment, from the neediest Americans to some of the richest.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Romney tells donors nearly half of Americans ‘believe they are victims’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people."

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Homeowners association members face violence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Disagreements that boil over into shouting matches, finger-pointing and even fistfights are often part of neighborhood homeowners association meetings, but the kind of violence that erupted in Louisville leaving two dead is uncommon.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


As troop 'surge' ends, setbacks are piling up

WASHINGTON (AP) - The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


180 Occupy Wall Street arrests in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the movement's anniversary on Monday by clogging intersections in the city's financial district, marching to the beat of drums that were a familiar refrain last year.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


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MAN SAYS HE GOT DEATH THREATS OVER ABANDONED DOG: DENVER (AP) - A man who left his dog to die on a Colorado mountain said he received death threats, even though he has paid vet bills and agreed to turn over the dog to one of the rescuers.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


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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


GOP’s Kashkari proposes tax breaks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year corporate tax credit for companies that move to California and create more than 100 new jobs, diverting nearly $10 billion in high-speed rail bond money to water storage projects and promoting fracking for oil and natural gas are among the policy proposals released Tuesday by Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds SF gun restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


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