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Man saves couple from oncoming train

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is being hailed as a hero for pushing an elderly couple's stalled car from a railroad crossing with a freight train bearing down on them.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


No workers' comp in drunk dockworker case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal appeals court says an Oregon longshoreman who got drunk on the job, urinated while standing on a dock and then fell 6 feet onto concrete should not get workers' compensation benefits for his injuries.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NY MAN QUESTIONED FOR COMPUTER SEARCH HISTORY: NEW YORK (AP) - A former employee of a New York computer company was questioned after his workplace computer search history revealed inquires for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks," but no criminality was determined, the Suffolk County Police Department said in a statement Thursday.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Obama picks restructuring expert

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has chosen a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis to take over an Internal Revenue Service under fire for targeting political groups.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Brewpub shames patron online for unpaid tab

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada brewpub irked that a patron left without paying his $100 tab turned to Facebook earlier this week to publicly shame him.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


App can help test for toxins, bacteria

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Stings may racially profile targets

CHICAGO (AP) - The chief judge of U.S. District Court in Chicago has questioned whether the federal government in a drug case racially profiled African-Americans and Latinos - raising a sensitive issue that for years has arisen in various forms nationwide.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Risks higher from packaged greens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The outbreak of a stomach bug two states have linked to bagged salad came as little surprise to food safety experts, who say the process of harvesting, washing and packaging leafy greens provides numerous opportunities for contamination.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Boy robs lemonade stand with BB gun

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a 12-year-old boy used a BB gun to rob a 10-year-old who was running a lemonade stand in western Pennsylvania.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Dying 2-year-old son to be Pa. couple's best man

JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy with only weeks to live will serve as best man when his parents wed this weekend.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Firefighter killed by tree is 28th to die

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A fire crew member who died Thursday when he was hit by a falling tree in Oregon while fighting a blaze started by lightning became the 28th wilderness firefighter killed this year in the nation.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Employers aren't cutting, or adding, many staffers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Companies have all but stopped laying off workers. They just aren't hiring many.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Repays insurance money with 4 tons of coins

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Illinois businessman outraged by a court order that he return more than $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son wanted to pay the money back in pennies in protest, only to recognize that was unfeasible.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Hotter temperatures = hotter tempers

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the world gets warmer, people are more likely to get hot under the collar, scientists say. A massive new study finds that aggressive acts like committing violent crimes and waging war become more likely with each added degree.

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


Kidnapper of 3 women gets life

CLEVELAND (AP) - Standing before the man who kidnapped her and raped her for a decade, Michelle Knight described how the world had changed in the three months since they last saw each other. The captive, she said, was now free and the oppressor would be locked away forever to "die a little every day."

August 01, 2013 | | Nation


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Did breakup trigger killing spree?

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A former girlfriend of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes testified Wednesday in his death penalty trial that they went to a horror film festival on their first date and she broke things off a few months later because he wanted more than a casual relationship.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio sheriff says hit man killed wrong victim with target’s name

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Three men were indicted Wednesday on aggravated murder charges for a contract killing nine years ago in which the hit man went to the wrong house and killed a man with the same name as the intended target, Ohio authorities said.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Poll: shows most Americans expect Supreme Court to OK gay marriage

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Is McCormick shortchanging pepper buyers?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A dust-up over pepper has landed in federal court in Minneapolis.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


Murder charge dropped against woman who induced abortion

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia prosecutor dropped a murder charge Wednesday but is pursuing a drug possession count against a 23-year-old woman accused of ending her pregnancy without a prescription, using pills she bought online.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


NTSB: Amtrak engineer wasn’t talking, texting on cellphone

WASHINGTON (AP) - The engineer in last month's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't using his cellphone to talk, text or download anything just before the train sped off the tracks, investigators said Wednesday, addressing one big question about what might have caused the accident but only deepening the mystery of what did.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday to cut Amtrak's budget by $242 million, though lawmakers added new funding for video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record engineers and help investigators get to the bottom of crashes such as last month's deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

June 10, 2015 | | Nation


California could see catastrophic fires

DENVER (AP) - Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Officer caught on video in pool party incident resigns

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A white police officer recorded on video pushing a black girl to the ground at a North Texas pool party resigned from the police force Tuesday.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Woman jailed for murder after taking abortion pill

ATLANTA (AP) - Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate said Tuesday that they are stunned police arrested a Georgia woman on murder charges after a hospital social worker told officers she terminated her pregnancy by taking abortion pills.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Case of TV anchor dismissed for using epithet heads to court

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former TV anchor's discrimination lawsuit over the racial epithet that ended his career raises the question of whether the station let black staffers use the same word with impunity but not whites.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Service dog throws self in bus’ path to protect blind owner

BREWSTER, N.Y. (AP) - A service dog threw himself in front of a mini school bus to try to protect his blind owner and stayed by her side as emergency responders tended to the injured pair, authorities said.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Split ruling on New Hampshire parking meter ‘Robin Hoods’

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The conduct of a band of self-styled "Robin Hoods" who feed about-to-expire meters while following parking enforcement officers is protected under the First Amendment, though the city of Keene has a right to pursue an injunction against them in the interests of public safety, New Hampshire's highest court ruled Tuesday.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


SF OKs health warning on sugary drink ads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and some other drinks, saying such beverages contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


Musk says Model X SUV due out in 3-4 months

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the company expects to start deliveries of its new SUV, the Model X, in three or four months.

June 09, 2015 | | Nation


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