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Obama to kick off his first campaign rallies next week in Ohio & Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Diving into campaign mode full-bore, President Barack Obama will headline his first re-election rallies next week, marking an important turning point in the race for the White House.

April 25, 2012 | | Nation


Add kidneys to list of things that can be recycled

CHICAGO (AP) - It turns out you can recycle just about anything these days - even kidneys and other organs donated for transplants.

April 25, 2012 | | Nation


TSA defends pat-down of 4-year-old who become hysterical at Kansas airport

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.

April 25, 2012 | | Nation


Young heart patient waiting for transplant taken from hospital found safe, dad arrested

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A father kidnapped his young son from a St. Louis hospital with precious little of the medicine the boy requires for his failing heart, then called and sent text messages taunting his estranged wife about the abduction, authorities said Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 | | Nation


NJ officer accused of luring 12-year-old girl

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer sent a 12-year-old girl explicit photos of himself in uniform and tried to set up a sexual encounter with her, days after meeting the girl while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter, authorities said Wednesday.

April 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ROMNEY EXPANDS LEAD: WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney added to his big lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday with a five-state sweep of Republican presidential primaries.

April 24, 2012 | | Nation


Asteroids may yield mining of precious metals, cosmic riches

SEATTLE (AP) - Using space-faring robots to mine precious metals from asteroids almost sounds easy when former astronaut Tom Jones describes it - practically like clearing a snow-covered driveway.

April 24, 2012 | | Nation


Immigration offers to delay deportation of 16,500 to concrete on deporting criminals

SANTA ANA (AP) - Immigration officials have offered to shelve 7.5 percent of deportation cases under a massive review of the backlogged U.S. system aimed at focusing on deporting more criminals, authorities said Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TROOPERS SUSPENDED OVER CARAVAN 'ESCORT' REPORTS: TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two New Jersey state troopers have been suspended without pay after being accused of escorting a caravan of high-performance cars on a 100-mph trip down the Garden State Parkway.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


Appendix removal: Huge sticker shock in study

CHICAGO (AP) - What do hospitals charge to remove an appendix? The startling answer is that it could be the same as the price of a refrigerator - or a house.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


SEC files charges against ex-CalPERS CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say the former CEO of the nation's largest public pension fund conspired with a friend of his to trick a prominent investment firm into paying $20 million in fees to the friend's firms.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


Dangerous booby traps found on popular Utah trail; two arrested

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A deadly booby trap rigged along a popular Utah trail could have killed someone if they had tripped a ground wire set up to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting hiker, authorities said Monday.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


Number of US illegal immigrants from Mexico drops by almost 900,000 people

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades, a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, return to Mexico.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


Now out of jail, Zimmerman fades from sight

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


Twins born 25 weeks prematurely after mom stays on respirator for a month

DETROIT (AP) - Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn't matter that she couldn't see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons.

April 23, 2012 | | Nation


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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


Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter handcuffed by CHP officer files claim

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A firefighter who was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer during a dispute at a crash scene has filed a claim against the CHP.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook buys virtual reality firm for $2B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Intel buys fitness tracker maker Basis

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chipmaker Intel has bought Basis Science, the startup behind the popular fitness tracker by the same name, for an undisclosed sum.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Camera used on moon landing sold for $758,489

VIENNA (AP) - It was put on auction as a camera that made it to the moon and back. And it had its price - nearly $760,000.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


14 dead in Washington mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) - The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through a rural community rose to at least 14.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine orders troop pullout

NOVOOZERNOE, Crimea (AP) - Russia's foreign minister met with his Ukrainian counterpart for the first time on Monday and demanded more autonomy for Ukraine's regions, even as Ukraine under pressure ordered its troops out from Crimea after the Russian seizure of military bases there.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


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