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Man has stroke at work at university, spends 5 days alone before dying in office

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A computer specialist had a stroke in his office but wasn't discovered until five days later, then died at a hospital, relatives and authorities said Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska's Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption - 100 years ago.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Do drug-sniffing dogs pass smell test?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Can you trust what a dog's nose knows? Police do, but the Supreme Court considered Wednesday curbing the use of drug-sniffing dogs in investigations following complaints of illegal searches and insufficient proof of the dog's reliability.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

ENGLISH TOWN TO BURN LANCE ARMSTRONG IN EFFIGY: LONDON (AP) - His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Man charged after death of 400-pound wife

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - The husband of a 400-pound Detroit-area woman has been charged with abuse after her recent death.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


SD executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota inmate was executed Tuesday night for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar at a nearby store so she could make lemonade.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Disarray, millions lack power with at least 50 deaths in Sandy's wake

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country's most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when - if - life would return to normal.

October 30, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio boy, 17, convicted in deadly Craigslist scheme

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A teenager taken under the wing of a man defense attorneys described as a master manipulator was found guilty of aggravated murder Tuesday for his role in a deadly plot to lure men desperate for work with phony Craigslist job offers.

October 30, 2012 | | Nation


Octomom - mother of 14 - checks into rehab citing anxiety, exhaustion, stress Octomom - mother of 14

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Octomom Nadya Suleman has checked herself into a rehabilitation center, citing anxiety, exhaustion and stress.

October 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dad in Facebook photo case acquitted of 1 charge

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man who bound his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posted a photo on Facebook was acquitted Tuesday of unlawful restraint and will find out the verdict on a second charge next week.

October 30, 2012 | | Nation


Sandy disrupts presidential campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight days before the election, President Barack Obama switched from campaigner to hands-on commander of the federal response to Superstorm Sandy as it barreled across the Eastern Seaboard. Republican Mitt Romney scaled back his appearances and urged supporters to "do your very best" in donating to relief efforts.

October 30, 2012 | | Nation


Old Guard stays at Tomb of Unknowns in superstorm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - In the face of Hurricane Sandy, the Army continued to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday but not with the familiar, choreographed 21 paces that the public typically sees.

October 29, 2012 | | Nation


Driver of car drives into church;beats pastor to death with guitar

FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) - A pastor in suburban Fort Worth was killed Monday by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, police said.

October 29, 2012 | | Nation


FBI: Violent crime reported to police fell again last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of violent crimes reported to police decreased 3.8 percent last year to 1.2 million, the fifth straight year of declines, the FBI announced Monday.

October 29, 2012 | | Nation


Superstorm Sandy slams into New Jersey coast; at least 10 deaths blamed on storm

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.

October 29, 2012 | | Nation


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300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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