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CUBAN PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER GETS US VISA: HAVANA (AP) - Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy and a shill for the Communist government her family has led for decades.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Romney's April money suggests GOP rallying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Barack Obama's overwhelming cash advantage.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Reno air race organizers get OK to continue

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races cleared a major hurdle Thursday in their bid to continue the annual event this fall, winning approval of a special one-year permit and moving closer to securing the necessary $100 million in insurance in the aftermath of last year's tragic mass-casualty crash.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


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HOUSE OKS GOP'S ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BILL: WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set up a showdown Wednesday with the Senate and President Barack Obama over legislation to protect women from domestic violence, a fight that's become as much about female voters this election year as cracking down on abuse.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later - and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archives - he was honored by President Obama on Wednesday with the nation's highest award for gallantry.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Scientists hunt ways to stall Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease - by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Obama assets valued between $2.6M and $8.3M

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million, according to financial disclosure reports released Tuesday by the White House.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


NY boy can play on girls field hockey team

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The biggest goal of Keeling Pilaro's field hockey career happened far from an athletic field on Tuesday.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse , don’t report due to being illegals

FRESNO . (AP) - Farmworker women across the United States are commonly sexual harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Deputies: Fla. mom killed 4 kids, then herself

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother who fatally shot her four children before killing herself Tuesday called three of the kids who had sought help from a neighbor back to the house before firing the fatal shots, authorities said.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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RECORDS DETAIL GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S MEDICAL INJURIES: MIAMI (AP) - Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Dozens of flyswatters wash up on Alaska beaches

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Dozens of fly swatters bearing logos of collegiate and professional sports teams have been washing up on the beaches of an Alaska island.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Marijuana DUI standard dies a 3rd time

DENVER (AP) - A marijuana blood limit for drivers was rejected Tuesday for a third time in Colorado, as lawmakers from both parties argued about how to fairly gauge whether someone is too stoned to get behind the wheel.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Reality TV, religion give birth to top baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reality TV is giving birth to some of the most popular baby names. No, not Snooki. But Mason, as in Kourtney Kardashian's son, jumped 10 spots to become the second most popular name for newborn boys in 2011.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

• Teen arrested after homework left at crime scene : OREM, Utah (AP) - An 18-year-old Utah man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after police say he left his homework at the crime scene.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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Big HealthCare.gov challenge: Tax forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Feds jail ginseng poacher

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutors charge officer with rape

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including first-degree rape and sexual battery after being accused of assaulting at least eight women while on patrol.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Border Patrol fires at armed militia member

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Purchased pie crust causes flap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Manatees may lose endangered species status

MIAMI (AP) - As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


BUY OR SELL

NEW YORK (AP) - Is it time to cash out of stocks?

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo."

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Professor protests Iowa’s pink locker room

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school's famous quirks: the visiting team's pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Driver accused of hot-bus punishment resigns job

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Military pilot was killed in F-15 jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


4 killed in crash of medical flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


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