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‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ice storm causes another traffic jam

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uHUSBAND CITED FOR BASE JUMPING AFTER WIFE'S DEATH: ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Ranks drop after year of policy change

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Barbie to feature in this year’s SI Swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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Whole Foods to pay $500K for overcharging

NEW YORK (AP) - Whole Foods said Monday it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations it overcharged customers for prepackaged foods.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Amazon sets record for Christmas Eve deliveries

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Schools ease athlete penalties for pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Meadowlark Lemon, the "clown prince" of basketball's barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Documents: Officer tried put woman in car after collapse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A police officer tried to put a woman into a patrol car after she collapsed at a hospital, believing that she was ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


White officer won’t face charges in black boy’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) - A grand jury on Monday declined to indict a white rookie police officer in the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Texas cleans up after twisters, ice, and snow pelt Midwest

GARLAND, Texas (AP) - Jacqui Gordon spent Monday sifting through the debris that had been her home, searching for old family photographs - especially of her father ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Judge tosses lawsuit filed by SeaWorld customers

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons who claimed they were deceived about how ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Heirs to NH poet sue ‘Big Bang Theory’

NEW YORK (AP) - The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty" eight decades ago said in a lawsuit ...

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Trump: Relying on free media

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nobody understands the power of the media on public perception quite like Donald Trump. The former reality television star and tabloid ...

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


Some say praise for Christie’s a approach on misplace

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has drawn accolades from supporters and detractors alike for his work addressing the opiate problem in New Jersey ...

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


Times Square end-of-year preparations in full swing

NEW YORK (AP) - The Waterford crystal ball in Times Square is being worked on in preparation for its glittering entrance into 2016 later this week.

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


Relatives of 2 blacks killed by Chicago police question shootings

CHICAGO (AP) - Grieving relatives and friends of two people shot and killed by Chicago police said Sunday the slayings raised concerns about why officers "shoot ...

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado marijuana banking case tests federal drug rules

DENVER (AP) - A marijuana banking case set for arguments Monday is testing the federal government's stated goal of addressing the cash-only nature of the ...

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


11 die in Texas tornadoes, Midwest flooding kills 12

GARLAND, Texas (AP) - At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage ...

December 27, 2015 | | Nation


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