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Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

MIAMI (AP) - A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Last-minute shoppers get 1-day extension

CHICAGO (AP) - Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Father throws son, himself off building

NEW YORK (AP) - A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Monday.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

HOUSTON (AP) - He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat - though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Notre Dame's injunction request rejected

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge said he doesn't think the University of Notre Dame will succeed in its challenge to a federal health care law requirement that it provide students and employee health plans that cover birth control.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Utah epicenter for food storage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Health plan sticker shock ahead for some

CHICAGO (AP) - As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


BART, union leaders reach pact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of another commute-crippling transportation strike in the San Francisco Bay area receded on Saturday when officials for the region's transit rail system and negotiators for its two largest labor unions said they had resolved the latest sticking point in their months-long negotiations and reached a new contract.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Philanthropy, drinking mix at bar

HOUSTON (AP) - It's become a place where you can eat, drink and be merry - but also give to charity.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Louisiana town stand by reality TV family

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - "Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom uses social media to scatter son’s ashes

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - For 3 ½ years, a black stone urn of C.J. Twomey's ashes has sat on a shelf in his parents' Maine home, not far from the door he walked out of one beautiful April day shortly before shooting himself.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bear’s euthanasia at Tahoe prompts death threats

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe couple filed a police report saying they received numerous death threats and harassing messages after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and euthanized by Nevada wildlife officials.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Man, 3-year-old son dead in 53-story building fall

NEW YORK (AP) - A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

CHICAGO (AP) - The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Students protest gay vice principal's termination

SEATTLE (AP) - Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


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T-Mobile: Unlimited plans will be only option

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile said unlimited plans will be the only option for new customers even though they are more expensive than some of its ...

January 05, 2017 | | Nation


New UN chief urges world: ‘Put Peace First’ in 2017

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Oil pipeline protesters unfurl banner at game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters trying to stymie the Dakota Access oil pipeline sneaked up on a truss connected to the roof and rappelled down to unfurl ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Trump still isn’t sold on Russian hacking link

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump says that "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private, expressing new skepticism about the ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Refugees find safe haven in Scouts

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) - Boy Scouts Jean Tuyishime and Moise Tuyikunde sit around a crackling campfire under a canopy of stars in Colorado's Rocky Mountains ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Long gas lines, price hike mar holidays in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


Obama ups White House tech; Trump sees risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's ...

January 01, 2017 | | Nation


List: Ban ‘echo chamber,’ ‘post- truth,’ ‘bigly’ and ‘dadbod’

DETROIT (AP) - You, sir, (or ma'am): Focus, if you will, on a historic, on fleek listicle containing words nominated for bigly banishment. But don ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Children scream ‘just stop’ in 911 call from lawmaker’s residence

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Children can be heard screaming "just stop daddy" on a 911 call made from the home of a South Carolina legislator ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Mexican man charged with rape had 10 deportations

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Obama’s last month: ‘Obamacare’ defense

HONOLULU (AP) - Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Court reinstates Kennedy cousin’s murder conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel faces a possible return to prison after the state Supreme Court on Friday reinstated his murder conviction in ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Tyler Perry: Flap over all- white cast is reveres racism

ATLANTA (AP) - Tyler Perry is known for creating opportunities for black actors. But recently the African-American filmmaker weathered a backlash for assembling an all-white starring ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Tennis, sailing or spying? US shuts 2 compounds

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) - Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Trump

HONOLULU (AP) - Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president-elect will reverse the tough ...

December 30, 2016 | | Nation


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