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35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy in forest

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a remote forest campsite the day before while chasing grasshoppers.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Trump jolts first GOP debate

CLEVELAND (AP) - A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

FCC voting on new phone rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

Hotel trade group blasts proposed sale of Orbitz

NEW YORK (AP) - The hotel industry is objecting to the acquisition of Orbitz by one-time rival Expedia, saying that it would lead to higher prices for vacationers and larger fees for hotel owners.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

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Pro gambler: Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Forty years ago, "Jaws" thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in ...

August 27, 2015 | He turns into a hunter and then an advocate | Nation

On-air shooter vowed to make ‘headlines’

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie

CHICAGO (AP) - The question of when lawyers cross the line from zealously defending their clients to fabricating evidence is the focus of a rare trial ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Plague claims 4th life this year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Teacher tardy 111 times, keeps job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell phone service

NEW YORK (AP) - Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Apple shipped 3.6M watches last quarter

CUPERTINO (AP) - A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter - more than some analysts have estimated and enough to ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Police investigate Chicago cop’s Ferguson shooting comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police said Wednesday that the head of the department has ordered the investigation of an incident in which a white officer tells ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Feds take case of ‘dark’ humor preschool threat on Facebook

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Mormons will keep affiliation with Scouts despite gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fate of Nebraska’s death penalty likely to go to voters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Pot tax may fund county scholarships

DENVER (AP) - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fired reporter kills 2 on live TV

MONETA, Va. (AP) - He planned it all so carefully - a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

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