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Survey looks at outlook

Americans' dreams of the "golden years" have increasingly become tarnished by harsh financial realities.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


NSA intercepts computer deliveries

LONDON (AP) - A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Federal market surpasses 1M signups

HONOLULU (AP) - A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Gun magazine supplier expands in college town

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa college known for liberal activism is welcoming an unlikely neighbor: one of the nation's largest suppliers of high-capacity ammunition magazines and accessories for assault rifles and other guns.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


2 quakes including 4.1 temblor strike Okla. before dawn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattled an area about 30 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City early Sunday and was followed by a smaller quake hours later in the state. There were no reports of any injuries or damages from either temblor.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Stakes for families losing jobless benefit

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty

DENVER (AP) - A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn't come without opposition.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Still without power, growing frustrated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio teacher suspended for racial remark

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge allows wolf derby to proceed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge Friday allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Cleaning up homes with meth labs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


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Complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

DENVER (AP) - A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


MLK estate drops licensing lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) - With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Four bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful NY state politician arrested on bribery charges

NEW YORK (AP) - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler fatally shoots self with dad’s gun

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Apple’s Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

CUIPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


T-Mobile to offer new phone deals to people with bad credit

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile says it will offer deals on new smartphones to customers with bad or no credit, regardless of how they pay, and charge no interest.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Social Security extends field office hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration says a budget increase this year will allow it to keep field offices open an extra hour on most weekdays, starting in March.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Got Battery? Lots of low batteries but no quick fix

NEW YORK (AP) - At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Man raising his hands shot by police

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon hospital patients burned by lights in operating rooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 10 patients at an Oregon hospital - and possibly more - suffered burns because staff didn't replace filters on lights in three operating rooms, officials at the medical center said Wednesday.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


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