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House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) - With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson; students tackling sensitive topics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Civilian workers at some prisons get pepper spray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal prison system has begun supplying pepper spray canisters to cooks, counselors and other civilian workers at some of its most violent institutions, yielding to efforts following a 2013 fatal attack by an inmate on an unarmed Pennsylvania prison guard.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


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Rubio’s political reckoning arrives in Florida primary

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the Republican Party's biggest stars when he burst onto the national stage in the tea party ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Trump stands by campaign rhetoric

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Showing few signs of trying to ease the nation's tense political atmosphere, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is standing by his antagonistic ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Maine wholesaler acquires rare four-clawed lobster

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump rivals fight on, but politely

MIAMI (AP) - Abandoning the nasty insults of past debates, Donald Trump and his Republican rivals turned Thursday night's presidential face-off into a mostly respectful ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Donald Trump rally attendee charged with hitting black man

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A white Donald Trump rally attendee was charged with assault Thursday after he was caught on video hitting a black man ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


First lady’s death stirs memories of Reagan era

SIMI VALLEY . (AP) - They came to mourn the stylish, influential first lady and celebrate an era.

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Gunmen, 1 with rifle, worked as team to kill 6 at cookout

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two gunmen working as a team fatally shot five people including a pregnant woman and critically wounded two others at a backyard ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Ford makes police car doors that stop armor-piercing bullets

DETROIT (AP) - It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect against armor-piercing bullets.

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


How do you track sex offenders? New York county hires ex-cops

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - The "registry verification representatives" wear street clothes and travel in nondescript Toyota sedans. They work in pairs, knocking on doors at ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, Clinton pile up wins

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to victory in the Mississippi and Michigan presidential primaries Tuesday, deepening his grip on the GOP nominating ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Mayor plans to cross Florida Straits on makeshift raft

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida mayor says he's determined to return home from a visit to Cuba alone in a makeshift raft, despite warnings against ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Trump’s proposed wall along border faces great hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump promises to build a great wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it, but ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Denver joins list of USA cities struggling with homeless camps

DENVER (AP) - People camping near Denver's homeless shelters packed up their belongings Tuesday before city workers started removing bags, tarps, shopping carts and other ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


In small SC county, shamed sheriff asks for second chance

SALUDA, S.C. (AP) - A sheriff who resigned after using an inmate to build a party shed at his home is asking voters in Saluda ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Would-be robber tries to stick up cab with deputy behind him

READING, Pa. (AP) - A would-be robber in Pennsylvania had some pretty poor timing when he pulled a gun on his taxi driver with a sheriff ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


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