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Landmark gay marriage hearing in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license.

September 01, 2013 | | Nation


Elementary schools nix birthday snacks

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City elementary school students can no longer celebrate their birthdays in school by plying their classmates with sweets - even healthy ones - because of a new district ban on the practice.

September 01, 2013 | | Nation


Dozens of aftershocks expected on island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Dozens of noticeable aftershocks above magnitude 4.0 are expected in the remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the days and weeks following a major 7.0 earthquake, the Alaska state seismologist said Saturday.

September 01, 2013 | | Nation


Low pay means cheaper fast food for consumers

NEW YORK (AP) - American fast-food workers often earn about $7.25 an hour to make the $3 chicken sandwiches and 99-cent tacos that generate billions of dollars in profit each year for McDonald's and other chains.

September 01, 2013 | | Nation


David Frost, known for Nixon interview, passes away at age 74

LONDON (AP) - David Frost had sparred with Richard Nixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with the former president three years after he stepped down in disgrace over Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost realized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixon that he had been wrong.

September 01, 2013 | | Nation


Man rescued after clinging to quarry cliff

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 23-year-old man clung to a rocky cliff 200 feet in the air for two hours early Friday before a worker at a nearby gas station heard his cries and he was rescued, authorities said.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Cheerleader guilty of prostituting girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former cheerleader at a suburban Minneapolis high school pleaded guilty Friday to three prostitution-related counts, admitting she persuaded a younger girl to sell herself for sex, then pocketed the money.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Teen guilty of murdering baby in stroller

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - An 18-year-old man was convicted of murder in the shooting of a baby who was riding in a stroller alongside his mom in a town in coastal Georgia despite the defense's attempt to cast guilt upon several others, including the child's parents.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


200-foot fall down garbage chute

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A bank robbery suspect trying to elude police searching for him in an apartment building jumped into a garbage chute and survived a 200-foot fall into trash in the basement, police said Friday.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

POTTY PEEPER SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado man who hid in the tank of a portable toilet at a yoga festival to spy on women has been sentenced to three years in prison and 10 years of probation.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Mom finds teen's ashes in Wal-Mart bag

AMELIA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman who found her teenage son's cremated remains in a plastic shopping bag inside an urn is talking about how she's upset with the Kentucky funeral home that handled the ashes.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Major quake in Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

August 30, 2013 | | Nation


Financial stress may hit your brain

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests.

August 29, 2013 | | Nation


Utah mom wants medical pot for sick child

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Jennifer May's 11-year-old son suffers debilitating seizures that have severely limited his development to that of a toddler and kept him from attending full days of school.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A detective investigating a multi-state dog fighting case said each side usually bet $20,000 to $40,000 on a match and more than $100,000 could change hands on a Saturday night in the Alabama woods.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Mom accused of setting baby afire held on $500K bail

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road said little in her first court appearance Tuesday, appearing on video to answer to a murder charge.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


Bridge construction collapse kills 1

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman kills himself

BOSTON (AP) - A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


Eating while driving: Man’s burger gets him a traffic ticket

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A man says enjoying a double quarter-pounder with cheese as he cruised down a highway outside Atlanta got him in trouble with the law - and a ticket for eating while driving.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


‘Sniper’ success reveals power of conservatives

NEW YORK (AP) - Empty seats were hard to come by at Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" over the holiday weekend, where the R-rated Iraq War drama - all words seldom attached to "blockbuster" - rolled to the kind of runaway success that makes Hollywood sit up and take notice.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


Intended as tribute,casino’s King Day menu offends some

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A restaurant in an Atlantic City casino intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by offering fried chicken, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, a casino official said Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


Mysterious goo killing Bay Area birds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation


GOP split on using budget process on health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


MLK tributes, rallies around nation

ATLANTA (AP) - Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We've come a long way, but there's still much to be done to fulfill King's dream.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Boy’s circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


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