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Supreme Court justices moving to heart of health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Aggressive parents force annual egg hunt cancellation in Colorado Springs park

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


National News Briefs

ARETHA FRANKLIN CELEBRATES 70TH, TALKS NEW MUSIC: NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Cheney's transplant reopens debate about age

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Battle over Obama health law before Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SLAIN TEEN'S FRIENDS SAY HE NEVER PICKED A FIGHT: MIAMI (AP) - Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cash spills on highway: What would you do?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - You're cruising along the highway when you see a bunch of green bills fluttering around like flakes in a snow globe. You get closer and you realize it's cash. Other drivers are pulling over to snatch what they can. What do you do?

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


City manager says he’s not needed, lays self off

KELLER, Texas (AP) - The administrator of a North Texas city believes he's not needed and has laid himself off.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) - A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Bus driver in Ohio accused of choking student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Micro-quake near city bothered by booms

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Montana man charged with getting small dog so drunk that it couldn’t even walk

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been charged with animal cruelty after his 20-pound dog was found so intoxicated it couldn't stand up.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

GOWN-WEARING MINN. FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE TRUCK BLAZE: SEDAN, Minn. (AP) - Talk about hot fashion.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Plane went down in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Train operator in Chicago crash ‘tired’

CHICAGO (AP) - An operator of a Chicago public-transit train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports Monday may have dozed off, a union official said.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked

NEW YORK (AP) - The shocking death of dashing attorney Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" on Sunday's episode was driven by actor Josh Charles' desire to leave the CBS drama in its fifth season.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Evangelical charity to hire married gay Christians

NEW YORK (AP) - The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Energy Department OKs LNG terminal on Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• EX-TV JUDGE JOE BROWN ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obamacare brings hefty fees for some drugs

MIAMI (AP) - Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


WII troop transport plane will return

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Crews try to contain oil spill in Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Horses ran into parade spectators; three injured

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Two horses ran into a crowd at a Southern California parade, injuring three spectators including a double amputee who was knocked out of his wheelchair.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Washington landslide toll rises to 4

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Searchers found another body Sunday in the debris from a massive landslide, bringing the death toll to at least four from the wall of mud and debris that also completely destroyed a small riverside neighborhood in Washington state.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


5 feared dead in Colorado plane crash

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado, and authorities say all are feared dead.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Disney seeks ‘small world’ sing-along videos

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world," marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


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