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HAGEL'S GOP FOES SIGNAL VOTE SHOULD GO ON: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Letters from Lennon killer to NY cop on sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Letters from John Lennon's killer detailing his obsession with the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Russians investigate 3-year-old adoptee's death in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Russian authorities have blamed "inhuman treatment" for the death of a 3-year-old boy adopted by an American family, but Texas officials say they are still investigating claims that the child was abused before his death.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Long-missing WWII medals awarded in Los Angeles to soldier’s daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father - a heroic casualty of World War II - is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Hip implants a bit more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) - Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Coast Guard: Leak cause of cruise ship fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship at sea, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days, a Coast Guard official said Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Kids' suspensions trigger zero tolerance debate

NEW YORK (AP) - Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-SC Gov. Sanford mentions mistakes in ad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford does not shy away from the scandal that consumed the end of his second term in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. House passes gun-control measures

DENVER (AP) - Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Md., Va., among most vulnerable to cuts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are among the most vulnerable to looming federal budget cuts in defense as well as nondefense spending, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Securities.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Gun raffles stoke debate after Connecticut school shooting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Police chiefs in New Hampshire wanted more money for their youth training program. A youth hockey team in North Dakota needed more ice time.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


GOP foes of Hagel nomination as Secretary of Defense say vote should go on this week

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they'll probably allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee - and, by extension, the Obama administration - surfaces in the coming week.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Obama seeks ‘balanced way’ to budget fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect that looming, drastic across-the-board budget cuts will have on the middle class, his new chief of staff said Sunday. Congressional Republicans predicted the cuts would start as scheduled next month and blamed Obama not only for doing little to stop them but for the idea itself.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


White House calls draft plan a backup

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Barack Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system and urged the administration to hold off while lawmakers work on a bipartisan measure.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with slapping toddler may be out job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight appears to be out of a job.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Calling for cooperation, Obama confronts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline - a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Biden checks off another early state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - First, Iowa. Then, South Carolina. Now, New Hampshire.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Lack of snow, warm weather plague Iditarod

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Warm weather continues to play havoc for organizers of the world's most famous sled dog race.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: BUS AIDE STOLE LUNCH MONEY, FOOD FROM PRESCHOOLERS: MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

NEW YORK (AP) - Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


RAISING PAY

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police knew a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting that killed a neighborhood mother of four smoked marijuana before he surrendered during a standoff last week, and investigators questioned him while he was high, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death

MIAMI (AP) - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Pills before, after sex help prevent HIV

SEATTLE (AP) - For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Autistic boy severely beaten in cafeteria

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri sixth-grader with Asperger's syndrome has suffered complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents say.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago mayor forced into April runoff election

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska 3rd state with legal pot

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.

February 23, 2015 | | Nation


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