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4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits vets parade

DALLAS (AP) - A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


With pot legal in states of Washington & Colorado, police worry about road safety

DENVER (AP) - It's settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pot ballot wins raise specter of weed tourism

DENVER (AP) - Hit the slopes - and then a bong?

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


A single spiteful email unlocks a Pandora’s box

WASHINGTON (AP) - It started in May with a spiteful email to the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. An anonymous writer warned Gen. John Allen that a friend with whom he was meeting in Washington the following week was trouble and he should stay away from her.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A pair of Mexican drug smugglers in camouflage pants, bundles of marijuana strapped to their backs, scaled a 25 foot-high fence in the middle of the night, slipped quietly into the United States and dashed into the darkness.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

LOOSE GORILLA ALERT? ELECTRONIC ROAD SIGN HACKED: LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - A prankster is changing the message on an electronic traffic warning sign. The sign is supposed to tell people that a road in the Placer County city of Loomis will be closed for pipeline construction.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


House GOP picks woman for a top leadership post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stinging from double-digit election losses among female voters, House Republicans elected a woman to their top leadership team Wednesday in a tense test of gender politics and the clout of the GOP's power brokers.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Pelosi running again for House leader post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that kept the party in the minority there even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and a second term for President Barack Obama.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Woman who drove on sidewalk holds ‘idiot’ sign

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland woman puffed on a cigarette, wore headphones, and ignored passers-by and crowds of reporters as she stood for an hour Tuesday under a judge's order holding a sign that said, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ryan: Shocked at loss, says Obama won fair and square

WASHINGTON (AP) - The polling and other data and all the smart people watching the election gave Rep. Paul Ryan an optimistic view on the night of last week's election. When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost, his running mate felt "a bit of a shock."

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Boat needed in one Minneapolis voting precinct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Not one voter cast a ballot in one Minneapolis precinct on Election Day. That's because the only living species in Ward 10, Precinct 3B, is of the aquatic variety.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Charter school enrollment now tops 2 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - Enrollment in charter schools increased by 200,000 students last year and now tops 2 million, according to a report being released Wednesday.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


General demoted for lavish travel, spending

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

November 13, 2012 | | Nation


Scandal widens; General's emails 'flirtatious'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sex scandal that felled CIA Director David Petraeus widened Tuesday to ensnare the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, in a suddenly public drama involving a Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails.

November 13, 2012 | | Nation


Oxford Dictionaries chooses omnishambles' as word of year

LONDON (AP) - Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles."

November 12, 2012 | | 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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