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Justices signal deep trouble for health care law during 2nd day of arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance. The court will now take up whether any remnant of the historic law can survive if that linchpin fails.

March 27, 2012 | | Nation


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LAWSUIT: PA. YEAR OF THE BIBLE RESOLUTION UNLAWFUL: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An organization that includes atheists and agnostics has filed a lawsuit over a state House resolution that declares 2012 the Year of the Bible, saying the measure violates the U.S. Constitution's provision that prevents government from enacting laws "respecting an establishment of religion."

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Gas prices already closing in on last year's high

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gasoline is less than a dime away from last year's high.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Fight claims, pot put teen's side on defensive in Florida shooting defense

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday following revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Supreme Court justices moving to heart of health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Aggressive parents force annual egg hunt cancellation in Colorado Springs park

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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ARETHA FRANKLIN CELEBRATES 70TH, TALKS NEW MUSIC: NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Cheney's transplant reopens debate about age

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Battle over Obama health law before Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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SLAIN TEEN'S FRIENDS SAY HE NEVER PICKED A FIGHT: MIAMI (AP) - Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cash spills on highway: What would you do?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - You're cruising along the highway when you see a bunch of green bills fluttering around like flakes in a snow globe. You get closer and you realize it's cash. Other drivers are pulling over to snatch what they can. What do you do?

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


City manager says he’s not needed, lays self off

KELLER, Texas (AP) - The administrator of a North Texas city believes he's not needed and has laid himself off.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) - A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter handcuffed by CHP officer files claim

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A firefighter who was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer during a dispute at a crash scene has filed a claim against the CHP.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook buys virtual reality firm for $2B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Intel buys fitness tracker maker Basis

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Chipmaker Intel has bought Basis Science, the startup behind the popular fitness tracker by the same name, for an undisclosed sum.

March 25, 2014 | | Nation


Camera used on moon landing sold for $758,489

VIENNA (AP) - It was put on auction as a camera that made it to the moon and back. And it had its price - nearly $760,000.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


14 dead in Washington mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) - The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through a rural community rose to at least 14.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine orders troop pullout

NOVOOZERNOE, Crimea (AP) - Russia's foreign minister met with his Ukrainian counterpart for the first time on Monday and demanded more autonomy for Ukraine's regions, even as Ukraine under pressure ordered its troops out from Crimea after the Russian seizure of military bases there.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Plane went down in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Train operator in Chicago crash ‘tired’

CHICAGO (AP) - An operator of a Chicago public-transit train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports Monday may have dozed off, a union official said.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked

NEW YORK (AP) - The shocking death of dashing attorney Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" on Sunday's episode was driven by actor Josh Charles' desire to leave the CBS drama in its fifth season.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Evangelical charity to hire married gay Christians

NEW YORK (AP) - The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Energy Department OKs LNG terminal on Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• EX-TV JUDGE JOE BROWN ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obamacare brings hefty fees for some drugs

MIAMI (AP) - Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


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