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Romney: Obama 'in part' to blame for gas prices soaring at pump during past month

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Seeking to tap into the public's concern over rising gas costs, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama was "in part" to blame for higher prices at the pump.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Senate blocks effort to speed pipeline from Canada under White House pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the White House, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday blocked a Republican bid to speed approval of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Kids found living in abandoned school bus

SPLENDORA, Texas (AP) - The abandoned school bus had no engine and no front wheels. But there were crude curtains in the windows, an air conditioner and even bunk beds inside.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


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POLICE SAY DRIVER GETS 3 SPEEDING TICKETS IN HOUR: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date on a meth possession charge that he racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Answers sought in death of teen in Fla. suburb

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida teen who was fatally shot after an encounter with a neighborhood watch leader on Thursday asked the police department investigating the death to release 911 tapes that may help explain how the young man died.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Marine's Facebook page tests military rules

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marine Sgt. Gary Stein first started a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots to encourage service members to exercise their free speech rights. Then he declared that he wouldn't follow orders from the commander in chief, President Barack Obama.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Police: daughter kept dad's body in ice chest to continue collecting Social Security checks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana woman apparently kept her father's severed body in an ice chest at her apartment for at least two years as she collected his Social Security check, police said.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum: Mississippi could make it a 2-man race for Republican nomination

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Urging conservatives not to yield, Republican Rick Santorum told supporters Wednesday that they could make the GOP presidential contest a two-man race if they deliver him a victory next week and offer an embarrassing loss to rival Newt Gingrich in the South.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


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DEPUTY, 2 OTHERS SHOT OUTSIDE OKLA. COURTHOUSE: TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy, a suspected gunman and a bystander were wounded Wednesday afternoon during an exchange of gunfire outside a Tulsa courthouse, sending people scattering from a crowded plaza as an employee at a nearby library used his camera to chronicle the events.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Nurse aide posted Facebook photos of patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon nursing assistant spent eight days in jail after a jury found her guilty of taking disturbing photos of elderly or disabled patients and posting them to her Facebook wall.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Biker discrimination bill faces long odds

DENVER (AP) - Biker clubs say they're unfairly thrown out of hotels, restaurants and stores because of how they dress.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


New iPad expected to have modest upgrades

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is expected to reveal a new iPad model on Wednesday, with a sharper screen and perhaps an option for faster wireless broadband. The upgrades are relatively minor, but the iPad is secure in its position as the king of tablets.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Time has come to wind down Afghan war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid fresh concerns over the safety of American forces, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the accidental burning of Qurans in Afghanistan and the retaliatory killings of U.S. troops gave new credence to the need to end the war.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum, Romney dueling in Ohio, split other states; Gingrich wins Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


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NEW ROUTE FOR PIPELINE: HOUSTON (AP) - A Canadian company that wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline through the U.S. heartland to the Texas Gulf Coast will be ready within weeks to submit plans for a new route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Nebraska Sandhills region, a TransCanada executive said Tuesday.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


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New ways for insurers to avoid the sick?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police ID officer, allege teen robbed store

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat of prosecution funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Lye mixed into tea month earlier

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Surge in Cuban rafters aiming for US

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Couple arrested in Amish girls’ kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate religious ceremonies gets new look

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

BERKELEY (AP) - There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, girl killed in porn pics case

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey ex-con was charged with strangling his cousin and her 10-year-old foster daughter after the woman found him taking pornographic pictures of the girl, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


8 arrested in daring NJ casino heist

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


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