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Bieber's mom produces anti-abortion short film

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, is an executive producer on an upcoming anti-abortion short film.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Obama backers aim to outflank NRA on gun control by going state-to-state

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals are planning a methodical, state-by-state campaign to try to persuade key lawmakers that it's in their political interest to back his sweeping effort to crack down on firearms and ammunition sales and expand criminal background checks.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Dear Abby’s legacy: Wit, warmth, and snappy advice for her readers

NEW YORK (AP) - Two men had recently bought a house together in the tiny San Francisco neighborhood of Nob Hill, and the neighbors were annoyed. The men were entertaining "a very suspicious mixture of company," the neighbors wrote into their paper's advice column, asking, "How can we improve the neighborhood?"

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Students sent to juvenile hall for passing gas, dress code violations

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions, policies that disproportionally affect minorities.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Gov: NRA ad on Obama daughters 'reprehensible'

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it is "reprehensible" for the National Rifle Association to run an ad bringing President Barack Obama's daughters into the gun-control debate.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Subway 'crisis': Is footlong sub really 11 inches? Facebook posting draws ireSubway 'crisis': Is foo

NEW YORK (AP) - What's in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Opinions vary as Colorado movie theater reopens

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage nearly six months ago reopened Thursday with a remembrance ceremony and a private screening of the fantasy film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" for survivors - but for some Aurora victims, the pain is still too much, the idea too horrific.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


US slams hostage-taking; Clinton to call Algeria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration appeared to be in the dark Thursday about a hostage situation at a natural gas plant in Algeria, where Algerian forces launched a military assault to free dozens of foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, held by Islamist militants.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research by federal agencies?

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Nearly as many Americans die from guns as from car crashes each year. We know plenty about the second problem and far less about the first. A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Michelle Obama shows off new hairstyle: bangs

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's something a little different these days about Michelle Obama: bangs in her hair.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


'Last Stand' star Schwarzenegger talks gun control: No connection to film violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't think there's a parallel between film and real-world gun violence.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


FAA grounds all Boeing 787s

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The federal government grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that U.S. airlines cannot fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires is addressed.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

'STAND CLOSER TO THE RHINO' RESULTS IN GRAVE WOUND: JOHANNESBURG (AP) - When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Marine pleads guilty to urinating on Afghan corpse

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement, although a military judge called for a much harsher sentence.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


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Zuckerberg spending spree: Is he a visionary or looney?

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth

ATLANTA (AP) A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Dish, DirecTV shares rise on merger talk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober

CHICAGO (AP) - A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Candy Crush’ maker’s stock falls

NEW YORK (AP) - A crush it isn't.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Young workers change jobs frequently

WASHINGTON (AP) - Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Birth control rule dividing high court?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Extra time to enroll for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


IRS: Bitcoin will be taxed like property

WASHINGTON (AP) - Virtual currencies like bitcoin will be taxed like property - not currency, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


WTC parachute jump: ‘Selfish act’?

NEW YORK (AP) - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York police commissioner denounced the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a lawless act that put others in danger.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal to end NSA’s phone sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) - To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Agencies seek to clarify wetlands rules

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Federal agencies Tuesday asserted regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands in an effort to clarify which are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Judge spares life of dog that mauled child

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix judge on Tuesday spared the life of a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on mercy, blame and animal violence.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


GOP’s Kashkari proposes tax breaks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 10-year corporate tax credit for companies that move to California and create more than 100 new jobs, diverting nearly $10 billion in high-speed rail bond money to water storage projects and promoting fracking for oil and natural gas are among the policy proposals released Tuesday by Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds SF gun restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


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