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Video shooting games pulled after massacres

BOSTON (AP) - It was 10 days after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., when Tracey Hyams and her family came upon a teenager firing a lifelike toy rifle on a video game at a Massachusetts highway rest stop.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


College shooting prompted by 'idiocy'

HOUSTON (AP) - A young man accused of opening fire at a college after someone "bumped into" him was arrested Friday about 250 miles away from the Houston campus, authorities said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Armstrong to help "clean up cycling"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FDA WON'T REGULATE PA. BIRTH CONTROL MACHINE: SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion foes march in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Federal push on for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reviving an issue that has languished for years, President Barack Obama will launch a campaign next week aimed at overhauling the nation's flawed immigration system and creating legal status for millions, as a bipartisan Senate group nears agreement on achieving the same goals.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gatorade to remove drink ingredient

NEW YORK (AP) - PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obama appointments violate constitution

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate last year to appoint three members of the National Labor Relations Board, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a far-reaching decision that could severely limit a chief executive's powers to make recess appointments.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


NASA testing engine from Apollo 11 rocket

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A vintage rocket engine built to blast the first U.S. lunar mission into Earth's orbit more than 40 years ago is again rumbling across the Southern landscape.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

PROSTITUTION STING LURES WOMAN STRAIGHT TO POLICE: SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old Portland woman drove 50 miles to reach the man she thought was her client after being solicited for prostitution through phone and text messages.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Jurors at odds in ex-cheerleader's libel suit

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jurors were ordered to try again Friday after telling a judge they couldn't reach a verdict on a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader against a gossip website that featured lewd posts about her.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Deal near to curb Senate filibusters

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate neared approval Thursday of a modest curb on filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus rare in today's rugged political climate to make it a bit harder but still not impossible for determined, outnumbered senators to sink or slow bills and nominations.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Combat positions now open for women

WASHINGTON (AP) - Women in the military must have the same opportunities as men to take on grueling and dangerous combat jobs, whether loading 50-pound artillery shells or joining commando raids to take out terrorists, defense leaders declared Thursday as they ordered a quarter-million positions open to service members regardless of gender.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Democratic support for Hagel grows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic support for Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary grew on Thursday as the former Republican senator allayed concerns about his past statements on Israel and Iran.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Snow falls behind in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Girl Scout troop starts at gay pride center

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


School for strippers might have kept going, if not for noise

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida's Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


ORGANIC SALES GROW

WASHINGTON (AP) - The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q with original programming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Seattle CEO to cut his pay so every worker earns $70,000

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Critical fish species have rebounded

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Several fish stocks from Maine to Florida are rebounding and are no longer subject to overfishing, federal regulators said Thursday.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


LA rally calls for higher fast-food wages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demonstrators filled a major street outside a Los Angeles McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

Man kills armadillo, but ricochet gunshot hits mother-in-law

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-drug officer: He stole cash, planted drugs many times

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


‘Guitar Hero,’ ‘Rock Band’ to return

SANTA MONICA (AP) - The publisher of "Guitar Hero" is readying a comeback tour.

April 14, 2015 | | Nation


Research: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) - Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

April 14, 2015 | | Nation


Christie: Overhaul of Social Security benefits

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way."

April 14, 2015 | | Nation


Percy Sledge, sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) - Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

April 14, 2015 | | Nation


VIVA, LAS VEGAS!

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more, with one-third of them coming from neighboring California.

April 14, 2015 | | Nation


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