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Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COUPLE ACCIDENTALLY GETS BAG OF CASH AT DRIVE-THRU

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Trump taps Carson for HUD secretary

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump chose retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, raising fresh ...

December 05, 2016 | | Nation


Tech firms target terrorist propaganda

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online.

December 05, 2016 | | Nation


Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship makes flight

MOJAVE (AP) - Virgin Galactic's new spaceship successfully completed its first free flight with a glide test over the Mojave Desert, the company said.

December 05, 2016 | | Nation


Amazon Go grocery store will have no checkout lines

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon is testing a grocery store model in Seattle that works without checkout lines.

December 05, 2016 | | Nation


2 doors of Wal-Mart founder’s first store donated to museums

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Two doors from the first store owned by Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of ...

December 05, 2016 | | Nation


Jewish family fights museum over art looted by the Nazis

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


OC prosecutors may be removed from murder case

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office, criticized in a recent appellate court ruling for a systemic failure to protect defendants' rights ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Ex-tenant: Warehouse often frigid, lacked water

OAKLAND (AP) - Shelley Mack says she didn't know the converted Oakland warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" was an illegal residence until after she ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Firm sold turf product after learning of defects

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - The country's leading maker of artificial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


More private college presidents top $2M in pay, research finds

BOSTON (AP) - Presidents of eight private colleges in the U.S. were paid more than $2 million in 2014, the most ever to hit that ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) - A wooden box containing Fidel Castro's ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Gun-rights backers vow to ‘go on offense’ under Trump

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Trump continues to defend call

NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump continued to use Twitter Sunday to defend his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol ...

December 04, 2016 | | Nation


Thousands attend Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of rain-drenched revelers gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


3 more bodies found in Tennessee wildfire; toll at 7

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


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