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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


Lawyer: Suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians remembers little about what happened

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - The Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage has a sketchy memory of the night of the massacre, his lawyer said Monday after meeting his client for the first time.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Students want watch leader who shot teen arrested

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month, though authorities may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Kids found slashed in Mass. home fire; mom charged with trying to kill them

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Blood and lighter fluid stained Tanicia Goodwin's clothes and slash wounds marked her neck when she walked to a police station, smashed a display case in the lobby and collapsed to the floor.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


'Sneakerheads' rush for shoes for cred & profit

CHICAGO (AP) - They are lined up in the freezing rain, waiting patiently, stubbornly. All night. All for a few pairs of shoes.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


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PG&E PRESENTS NEW $5B GAS SAFETY PLAN TO CPUC: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives are proposing a $5 billion plan to boost safety standards on the company's natural gas lines.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security benefits for babies born via artificial insemination after dad's death?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Karen Capato used the frozen sperm of her deceased husband to conceive twins, but the government denied them Social Security benefits as their father's survivors. Her situation, more common as reproductive technology advances, had a mostly unsympathetic Supreme Court grappling Monday with the definition of "child,' inheritance law and artificial insemination.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Many willing to cut Army shooting suspect slack for massacring 16 Afghanistan civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) - He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


New wrinkle in pot debate: Stoned driving and enforcing DUI laws

DENVER (AP) - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Israelis agree Iran hasn't decided on atom bomb, still have great concern on capability

JERUSALEM (AP) - Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Man urged victim to kill self via webcam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Busch Gardens removes decapitated heads

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Driver freed in crash commits suicide

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot breach affected 56M

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Chevron meets new shale drilling rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Business going on holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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