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Why do lottery players think they can defy gambling odds?

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck - really extraordinary luck - you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Jealous Fla. man shot at co-worker's car

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Wal-Mart employee faces charges after officials say he shot a co-worker's car window because she won an employee-of-the-month award.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Florida school named for South general, honorary KKK member to be changed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida school board has decided to end a decades-long controversy and rename a high school now named for a Confederate general and honorary Ku Klux Klan leader that some historical records say ordered the execution of hundreds of black Union soldiers.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN TICKETED FOR TRYING TO TRADE GATOR FOR BEER: MIAMI (AP) - Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

NEW YORK (AP) - Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada family describes wilderness ordeal

RENO (AP) - Family members rescued after spending about 48 hours in the frigid wilderness of northern Nevada last week spoke out publicly for the first time Monday, saying they don't think they would've lasted two more days out in the cold.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Congress targets fed workers' pensions

Congress targets fed workers' pensions

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Influential country singer Ray Price passes away at 87

DALLAS (AP) - Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winner for 'Suspicion,' dies at age 96

CARMEL (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died Sunday. She was 96.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $568M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot inched toward a U.S. lottery record Monday as it soared to $586 million amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, raising the possibility that the prize could pass the once-unthinkable $1 billion mark by Christmas Eve should nobody win before then.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Cat-mouse game might explain how felines got tame

NEW YORK (AP) - A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village some 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines transformed into the tame pets we know today.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

REGULATORS SUE ONLINE LENDER CASHCALL: WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have sued online lender CashCall Inc., its owner and two related companies, accusing them of collecting money that consumers didn't owe.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Florida police say man lied about abandoned baby

DEBARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who said he found an abandoned newborn girl wrapped in newspapers outside a central Florida convenience store was arrested Monday and charged with lying to investigators.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


NSA program is likely unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration's arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


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Anthem, Blue Shield criticized for California doctor networks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, two of California's largest health insurers, misled customers about the number of doctors in their networks under plans sold through the state's insurance marketplace, according to a state report released Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Woman wears colander for driver’s license ID photograph

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver's license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Governor activates National Guard

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Senior’s arrest leads to $15M in pot money

BOSTON (AP) - When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Flap over tour-guide licensing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the difference between Creole and Cajun?

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Harvard sued over admission policies

BOSTON (AP) - Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Math teacher pulled knife of student during pop quiz

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico middle school teacher is facing charges that allege he threatened a student with a knife for talking during a pop quiz, police said Monday.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

HUNTER SHOOTS AT DEAD DEER ON CART, HITS OTHER MAN: EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man who had shot a deer in the Hudson Valley woods was hauling it away on a cart when he was wounded by second hunter firing at the dead animal.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man who died endured treatment delays

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms - a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to save his life.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


AMERICAN BEHEADED

BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-aid worker, who was seized while delivering relief supplies in Syria last year.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


Washington’s first pot auction brings in $600K

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's first marijuana auction brought in about $600,000.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


20th hijacker’ seeks role in civil cases

NEW YORK (AP) - The man who became known as the "20th hijacker" from the Sept. 11 attacks wants to testify in lawsuits filed by victims of terrorism.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


172 people on cruise ill with norovirus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 172 people on a cruise ship arriving in California on Sunday have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly monthlong trip.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


Song to dying infant captures heart of many via Internet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Surgeon with Ebola coming to US

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


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