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Bus driver in Ohio accused of choking student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Micro-quake near city bothered by booms

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Montana man charged with getting small dog so drunk that it couldn’t even walk

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been charged with animal cruelty after his 20-pound dog was found so intoxicated it couldn't stand up.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


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GOWN-WEARING MINN. FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE TRUCK BLAZE: SEDAN, Minn. (AP) - Talk about hot fashion.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum: Might as well have Obama over Romney

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn't the GOP nominee and for a second day compared rival Mitt Romney to an Etch A Sketch toy.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


2 officials step aside in teen death probe

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The police chief and prosecutor who have been bitterly criticized for not arresting a neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager both left the case Thursday, with the chief saying that he is temporarily leaving his job to let passions cool.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Suspension upheld for NY boy over violent drawing in school

NEW YORK (AP) - Acknowledging school violence nationwide, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the suspension of a 10-year-old boy for a crayon drawing expressing a desire to blow up his school and its teachers.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Was Florida Neighborhood Watch shooter a vigilante or good neighbor?

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman once took criminal justice classes at the community college and was practically a one-man neighborhood watch in his gated part of town, calling police close to 50 times over the past eight years to report such things as slow-driving vehicles, strangers loitering in the neighborhood and open garages.

March 21, 2012 | | Nation


Philly owes $877,000 for Boy Scouts' eviction case over organization’s position on homosexuality

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The city must pay nearly $900,000 after a failed effort to evict the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's ban on gays, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

March 21, 2012 | | Nation


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OBAMA TO FAST-TRACK OIL PIPELINE, OTHER PROJECTS: BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) - President Barack Obama will direct federal agencies to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, backing a segment of the larger Keystone XL project that he rejected earlier this year.

March 21, 2012 | | Nation


Court upholds ban on Texas law banning renting housing to illegal immigrants

DALLAS (AP) - A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that stopped a Dallas suburb's ban on illegal immigrants seeking housing.

March 21, 2012 | | Nation


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COURT WARY OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR JUVENILES: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to say anew that young people who commit even the most brutal crimes should not be punished as harshly as adults, taking up a pair of cases in which 14-year-olds convicted of murder are serving life sentences with no chance of parole.

March 20, 2012 | | Nation


Afghanistan suspect had shaky business dealings

CINCINNATI (AP) - The U.S. suspect in the slaughter of 16 villagers in Afghanistan has a trail of shaky financial dealings - from working in penny-stock boiler rooms that drew numerous client complaints, to an unpaid $1.5 million fraud judgment, to a failed investment partnership with a former high school football teammate, records show.

March 20, 2012 | | Nation


Romney looks to build lead with Illinois primary victory; focuses on Obama

CHICAGO (AP) - A confident Mitt Romney is shifting toward the general election as his grasp on the Republican presidential nomination tightens, saying Tuesday that he would work with Democrats to solve the nation's problems - or "die trying."

March 20, 2012 | | Nation


Feds probe teen's shooting by watch captain

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - An unarmed black teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain told his girlfriend moments before he was killed that he was being followed, a lawyer said Tuesday as federal and state prosecutors announced they would investigate.

March 20, 2012 | | Nation


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Jet diverts safely to NYC after bird damage

NEW YORK (AP) - A seagull put a hole in the nose of a JetBlue airliner shortly after the plane took off from a suburban New York airport Friday, but the jet and its 142 passengers landed safely at nearby Kennedy International.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


$1.5 M needed to save Rosie’s plant

DETROIT (AP) - A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man found dead in home filled with clutter

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas house was so jammed with clutter that it took two days before the homeowner's body was finally discovered amid the debris, authorities said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Million jars of peanut butter dumped

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Government: Industry hampers oil train safety

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Weary rescuers battle rain, exhaustion

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 25 people.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Bride showed no remorse in husband’s death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18B

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU settles suit over sonline comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A school district and a girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

series addressing real-life questions about personal impact of health care law.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: More than 6M signed up for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.

March 27, 2014 | | Nation


Some slide victims may not be found

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Becky Bach watches and waits, hoping that search crews find her brother and three other relatives who are missing in Washington state's deadly mudslide.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


NY schools most racially segregated

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


Conn. approves highest state minimum wage

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers Wednesday approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, the highest for any state in the country and the same rate that President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


US to commit more forces to NATO

BRUSSELS (AP) - The United States plans to join with other NATO nations in increasing ground and naval forces in Eastern Europe as part of the military alliance's response to Russia's incursion in Ukraine, the White House said Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | | Nation


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