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Messages tie Christie aide to NJ traffic jam

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Man suffocated by underwear he was wearing

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma allegedly killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather's back and over his head so that the waistband was around his neck, authorities said.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Lawmaker fires gun in Capitol office, calls it mistake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Giffords completes skydive on shooting’s 3rd anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Websites won't bill to remove mug shots

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Waitress says she got meth tip

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FOREST SERVICE SEEKS $6.3M FROM MAN FOR WILDFIRE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-officers charged in disability scam

NEW YORK (AP) - One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another claimed his depression was so crippling it kept him house-bound, but he was photographed aboard a watercraft, they said. A third man who said he was incapable of social interactions manned a cannoli stand at a street festival.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

CHICAGO (AP) - Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on gun sales unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Jobless bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Going to pot: Too many growers for Wash.?

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Just 1 in 4 young teens meet USA fitness guidelines

CHICAGO (AP) - Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Polar air brings single-digit cold

ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Five children taken from home of Florida couple accused of neglect

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Child welfare officials have taken five children from the home of a couple accused of neglecting a 12-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.

April 22, 2015 | | Nation


Dad has rights after turkey-baster pregnancy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Man seeks to erase terrorism conviction, blames attorney

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man's long battle to overturn his high-profile terrorism conviction faces a key courtroom test on Wednesday.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Family sues mortuary after man cremated by mistake

SEATTLE (AP) - A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the family of a man who was cremated by mistake and whose casket contained another person - something relatives say they discovered when they opened the casket during the funeral.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


100-carat diamond sells for $22 million

NEW YORK (AP) - A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over $22 million at auction on Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Almond Ace gets high mark for nut quality

Almond Ace Packing Inc., a grower-owned almond processing and export company based in Ripon, was named one of the top two 'Quality Leaders' among almond suppliers exporting into Europe by one of the largest European almond import companies, Calconut S.L.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Low wages, trade deals lure auto plants & jobs to Mexico

DETROIT (AP) - Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon defends new cable deals as media companies complain

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is defending its new, cheaper cable packages that let customers choose groups of channels as media companies protest.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Energy firms must face price fixing claims from California energy crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Gunman outside North Kern State Prison shoots, wounds guard in yard

DELANO (AP) - A guard on duty in the yard of a central California prison was shot by someone outside the facility, and a suspect is still at large, authorities said Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Water districts forced to review rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges.

April 21, 2015 | | Nation


Baltimore on edge after arrestee’s fatal spine injury

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how a man suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened.

April 20, 2015 | | Nation


Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, authorities said, he wasn't easily deterred.

April 20, 2015 | | Nation


Missouri town, new mayor grapple with mass resignations of police

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Several residents of a tiny southeast Missouri town said Monday they don't believe the abrupt resignations of five of six members of the police force after the longtime mayor, a white man, lost to a black woman have anything to do with racism.

April 20, 2015 | | Nation


Man arrested after video of violent cat beating

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man has been arrested after authorities say a hidden video camera in the home where he was staying captured him violently beating a cat.

April 20, 2015 | | Nation


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