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Answers sought as mine spill fouls rivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Captured grizzlies may be killed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Two grizzly bears captured close to where a seasonal employee of Yellowstone National Park was killed could be euthanized if DNA tests determine they attacked the man, authorities said Monday.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Man charged with assaulting mayor

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) - A man accused of attacking an Alabama mayor outside a barber shop has been charged with assault, police said Monday.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Constitutional convention sparking

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Ferguson back on edge again

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots and police critically wounded a black 18-year-old accused of opening fire on officers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones for $100 or $200.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

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

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Clinton blasts Russia

CLEVELAND (AP) - Setting the stage on Labor Day for a critical month in their testy presidential campaign, Donald Trump softened his stance on immigration while ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Activist, author Phyllis Schlafly dies

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and founded the Eagle Forum political ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Mexico’s Baja California battens down

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Newton soaked Mexico's western Pacific coast with heavy rain Monday and took aim at Baja California's twin ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Obama makes trade deal top priority

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite formidable opposition across the political spectrum, President Barack Obama is using his final months in office to fight for congressional approval of ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation


WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - State police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been known to patrol in a tractor-trailer so they can sit up high and spot ...

September 02, 2016 | | Nation

2 dead in plane crash at Sparks RV park near airport

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A small plane that crashed into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing both people on board, plunged nose-first close to occupied ...

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

To quell uproar, governor seeks ‘spiritual guidance’

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he ...

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

Apple with $15B tax bill

CUPERTINO (AP) - The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in ...

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

Beats wins in case alleging double dealing before sale to Apple

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners ...

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

Lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Invasive weeds have long threatened to erode dunes on a portion of the Chicago lakefront, but the area recently had to contend ...

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

Chipotle’s: Kids eat free on Sundays

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle's latest burrito giveaway is for children.

August 31, 2016 | | Nation

Woman sets herself on fire in Chicago congressman’s office

CHICAGO (AP) - Police say a woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' office on Chicago's West Side, drank out of a bottle of ...

August 30, 2016 | | Nation

ACLU: Christian woman forced to remove headscarf for license

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Christian woman in Alabama was forced to remove her headscarf for a driver's license photo after being told only Muslim ...

August 30, 2016 | | Nation

Court: Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court expanded the definition of parenthood Tuesday by ruling that former same-sex couples may seek visitation and ...

August 30, 2016 | | Nation

Trump going to Mexico City

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Donald Trump will make a surprise trip to Mexico today to meet with the country's president hours before delivering a ...

August 30, 2016 | | Nation

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