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BUT WAS HE DRIVING A CHEVY? ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for driving his Chrysler too fast through a school zone in Maine and has paid the levy.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Facebook's CEO holding fundraiser for Gov. Christie

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Facebook's CEO has friended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP must stop being 'stupid party'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to "stop being the stupid party" on Thursday as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Boeing 787 battery shows short-circuiting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery that caught fire earlier this month in Boston shows evidence of short-circuiting and a chemical reaction known as "thermal runaway," in which an increase in temperature causes progressively hotter temperatures, federal accident investigators said Thursday.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, facing off with lawmakers who included potential 2016 presidential rivals.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Federal debt ceiling crisis averted for now as tough spring fight still ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Digital information can be stored in DNA

NEW YORK (AP) - It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Smoke like a man, die like a man.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


US officials defend handling of Boeing 787 battery mishaps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Random alcohol tests for sailors in US

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio couple admits forcing kids into plastic boxes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


40 years later, abortion foes march on

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling that still defines one of the nation's most intractable debates.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


General defers plea at hearing on sex charges

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army general brought back from Afghanistan to face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges deferred entering a plea Tuesday.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NC WOMAN SUES NYPD OVER EMPIRE STATE SHOOTING: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the police department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


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JPMorgan Chase getting rid of voicemail for some employees

NEW YORK (AP) - For JPMorgan Chase employees, it might be best not to leave a message.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Florida teacher suspended for jamming cellphones in class

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (AP) - A Florida science teacher has been suspended for running a signal jammer to prevent his students from using their cellphones in class.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Californians cut water use 13.5%

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Fitbit says it now expects its IPO to raise about $450M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


IRS irks casinos with pitch to cut jackpot tax threshold

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The IRS says a $600 slot machine or bingo jackpot might get its attention in the future, and the prospect has riled gamblers and the casino industry.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Next up for Wal-Mart pay raises: 100,000 plus department managers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


California to use satellites to eye unplanted fields

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they will use satellite surveillance from high above farms in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as one way of confirming that fields have been left fallow under voluntary conservation agreements with farmers.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


17-foot sea creature found off Catalina Island

SANTA CATALINA. (AP) - Santa Catalina Island harbor patrol has found the carcass of a 17-foot-long sea serpent - a rarely-seen oarfish.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Bruce Jenner completes transition to Caitlyn

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Series of quakes strikes off Northwest coast; no tsunamis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but they weren't strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


High court throws out conviction for threats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Man ousted by curling club sues in court

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man who is protesting his dismissal from North Dakota curling club has won the right to take his case into overtime.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Shatner to travel across US on three- wheeled motorcycle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• Boy, 17, impersonates FBI agent, test drives car, crashes it: YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old southeastern Michigan boy pretended to be an FBI agent and got a car dealer to let him test drive a Dodge Charger, then crashed the muscle car in northwestern Ohio, authorities say.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Pool industry touts water savings

ORANGE . (AP) - The California swimming pool and spa industry has launched a campaign to market itself as a drought-friendly landscaping option as the state enters a fourth summer of drought that has residential pools and other conspicuous water users in the crosshairs.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


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