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House passes Republican budget plan promising $4.6 trillion in cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320 million jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

Texas shootout may tie to prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

Appeal sought after Ill. threat conviction of rapper tossed out

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they plan to seek a challenge of an Illinois appellate court's decision overturning an aspiring rapper's conviction on allegations that he threatened a murderous college rampage, muddying the man's newfound freedom from prison.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

NC scraps proposed pink-striped license

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

Chicago to close 54 schools

CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation

Conn., rifle maker end aid deal after killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Just days before 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school in December, state development officials offered the maker of the rifle used in the massacre a $1 million loan to bring new jobs to the state.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

Ind. police: Child safe, bus slaying suspect is dead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed him during a police standoff.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

Prep football players accused of sexual assault

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut high school football players have been charged in sexual assault cases that, like a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, have led to online taunts directed at an accuser.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

Sheriff proposes ankle monitors for Alzheimer's

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff's office is floating a unique and unproven idea for keeping seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe: Give them ankle monitors normally used on criminals on house arrest or parole.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

NEW YORK (AP) - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

Appeals court sides with monks defying Louisiana law by selling low cost caskets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Benedictine monks may keep selling plain, low-cost caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, finding that a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana had no reasonable grounds.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

‘Show me your birth certificate before you go potty’ bill proposed in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A prominent Republican lawmaker in Arizona wants to link public bathroom use to birth certificates in what civil rights advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-transgender measure.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

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March 20, 2013 | | Nation

No charges in case of 11-year-old NJ boy pictured with gun on Facebook

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) - No charges will be filed against a man who posted online a photo of his young son holding what appeared to be a military-style rifle, police said Wednesday.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation

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First two women to pass Ranger School are Army pilot, military cop

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - The first two women to pass the Army's notoriously difficult Ranger School impressed male classmates left in their dust during ...

August 21, 2015 | | Nation

Stuff you didn’t know you could do on Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) - Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation

Man finds wife with lover, bites off piece of his ear

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man admits he attacked his wife's lover and bit off part of the man's ear after finding the ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation

Robbers with machete run when cashier pulls out sword

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two ninja-clad teens armed with a machete and expecting an easy robbery at a Pittsburgh convenience store got quite a shock when a ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation

Home Depot separates itself from retail crowd in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) - Homes are getting a lot of TLC from their owners of late, which means better sales for businesses like Home Depot.

August 18, 2015 | | Nation

FDA approves female sex pill with safety restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought ...

August 18, 2015 | | Nation

Pay raises, store spruce-ups crimp Wal-Mart as profit drops 15.1%

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart's second-quarter earnings report was a mixed bag: Its investments to overhaul its stores are helping to perk up sales, but ...

August 18, 2015 | | Nation

Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas

SEATTLE (AP) - The pumpkin spice latte battle is heating up just in time for fall.

August 17, 2015 | | Nation

New York restaurants file objections to $15 wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fast-food franchise owners in the state, in a prelude to a possible lawsuit, have filed objections to a proposal to raise ...

August 17, 2015 | | Nation

Computer breach is bigger than first thought; IRS reports 334K victims

WASHINGTON (AP) - A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally ...

August 17, 2015 | | Nation

Amazon drives productivity with data

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.

August 17, 2015 | | Nation

Chorus grows to change Mississippi flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jimmy Buffett, John Grisham, Morgan Freeman and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning are among famous current and former Mississippi residents ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation

Trump: Deport kids of illegals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation

Dvers raise wreckage of Confederate warship

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - After 150 years at the bottom of the Savannah River, the armored skeleton of the Confederate warship CSS Georgia is being raised ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation

Inmates worked for free for jail officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former inmates at a privately run Nashville jail say they worked without pay building bean-bag "cornhole" games, plaques shaped like footballs, birdhouses ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation

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