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Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

March 17, 2012 | | Nation


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BERKELEY HIRES LAW FIRM FOR PROBE OF POLICE CHIEF: BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley officials have hired a law firm to investigate an order by the city's police chief that sent an officer to a reporter's home after midnight to request changes in a story.

March 16, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer: Afghanistan suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians was loath to deploy

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend had been reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment and had been staying in a camp where someone was "gravely injured" the day before the shooting, a Seattle lawyer said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Young people not so 'green' compared to older generations

CHICAGO (AP) - They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Militia group wants to arrest Neighborhood Watch leader that shot & killed unarmed youth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Members of a self-described black militia group will attempt a citizen's arrest on a white neighborhood watch leader who has admitted to fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen in an Orlando suburb, but has not been charged, a leader of the group said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

ROSEWELL, NM (AP) - Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


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STUCK MONT. MAN KEPT WITS BY PLAYING 'ANGRY BIRDS' : HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A man stranded for three days on a snowy mountain road in Montana attributed his survival to God, a rationed supply of beef jerky and the video game "Angry Birds" that he played on his cellphone to keep his wits.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Federal prosecutor taken off cases after paper Web posts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal prosecutor in New Orleans has been removed from cases after acknowledging he has been anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website about targets of federal probes, politicians, judges and even his own colleagues, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Utah boy, 8, takes his 5-year-old sister on joyride

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - An 8-year-old Utah boy made sure he and his 5-year-old sister buckled up before heading out on a middle-of-the-night drive in their mother's minivan, but they didn't get far.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Guns not best defense against angry bear

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - While bringing a gun to a bear fight may seem like a solid way to win, experts say the gun largely provides a false sense of security - and would be similar to trying to shoot, and stop, a small car careening toward you at speeds of up to 35 mph.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


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REIGNING "WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG" DIES IN CALIFORNIA: HANFORD (AP) - When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Serial murder suspect says he needed to kill

SANTA ANA (AP) - An Iraq war veteran indicted in the murders of six people in Orange County, including four homeless men, told a police detective after his arrest that he joined the Marine Corps because he needed to kill, according to court documents obtained by the Orange County Register .

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Thieves rolling Tide detergent out of stores

WASHINGTON (AP) - When police in suburban Washington raided the home of a suspected drug dealer last fall, they found the cocaine, all right, but also something unusual on the man's shelves: nearly 20 large bottles of liquid Tide laundry detergent.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Air Force Base fined for vacuuming up mercury

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A whistleblower claims that officials at Utah's Hill Air Force Base failed to report a massive mercury spill in 2007 and instead ordered untrained workers to remove the hazardous material with vacuum cleaners. The base could now face millions of dollars in fines.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Death of boy third gun accident in 3 weeks

SEATTLE (AP) - A 3-year-old scrambled out of his child seat after his parents stopped for gas early Wednesday, found a gun police say was left in the car by his father and fatally shot himself in the head.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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