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BEAGLE-BOXER-BASSET WINS WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: PETALUMA (AP) - A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Less abortions with hospital consolidations

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - By joining with a much bigger Catholic health system, a prominent Orange County hospital hopes to enhance patients' access to a host of services - except one.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested - charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


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SUPER FULL MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY THIS WEEKEND: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-teacher guilty of telling students to hit bully boy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former San Antonio teacher accused of directing students to hit a schoolmate for being a bully has been convicted of official oppression.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Montana leaders held illegal hunts for musicians

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Three former Blackfeet tribal leaders will serve three years of probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country musicians that were filming an outdoors television show on the northwestern Montana reservation.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Leaker charged with espionage, theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


DA won't prosecute man who put boys in closet

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man who corralled four boys in a closet when he found them vandalizing a relative's home won't be prosecuted on child endangerment charges, a prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Flooding may force 100,000 from west Canada

HIGHWOOD RIVER, Calgary (AP) - As many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes by heavy flooding in western Canada, Calgary city officials said, while mudslides forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, isolating the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Demos press ahead on spending bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - With efforts on a broader budget deal foundering, Senate Democrats moved ahead Thursday with spending bills that ignore a second year of spending cuts mandated under the 2011 budget and debt deal.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Dying blinks leads to 38 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator after he was shot in the face and neck could only communicate by blinking his eyes, but those blinks helped lead to what could end up as life in prison for the man convicted of murdering him.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Christian group apologizes to gays

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The leader of Exodus International, a Christian ministry that worked to help people repress same-sex attraction, has apologized to the gay community for inflicting "years of undue suffering." He plans to close the organization while launching a new effort to promote reconciliation.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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\TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT APOLOGIZES TO VALEDICTORIAN: JOSHUA, Texas (AP) - A North Texas school district has apologized to a high-school valedictorian whose microphone was switched off during a graduation ceremony when he deviated from prepared remarks.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


WII troop transport plane will return

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Crews try to contain oil spill in Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Horses ran into parade spectators; three injured

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Two horses ran into a crowd at a Southern California parade, injuring three spectators including a double amputee who was knocked out of his wheelchair.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Washington landslide toll rises to 4

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Searchers found another body Sunday in the debris from a massive landslide, bringing the death toll to at least four from the wall of mud and debris that also completely destroyed a small riverside neighborhood in Washington state.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


5 feared dead in Colorado plane crash

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado, and authorities say all are feared dead.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Disney seeks ‘small world’ sing-along videos

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world," marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama tells Internet CEOs he’ll protect tech privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people's privacy.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


No to killer’s organ donation request

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio said Friday it was denying a condemned child killer's request to donate organs to his family members, saying he didn't have enough time to undergo the surgery and recuperate for his summer execution.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Aggression to dominate Obama trip

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pushing back against demands to supply arms to Ukraine, Obama administration officials said Friday that economic sanctions would remain the primary weapon as the U.S. and its European allies seek a diplomatic solution to Russia's aggression.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Utility in talks over closed-nuke costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Talks are underway to resolve a costly question at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California - who pays a bill that could top $3 billion, officials disclosed Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Breakfast foods are getting pricier

NEW YORK (AP) - Breakfast is now being served with a side of sticker shock.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart’s new tool gives prices of competitors

NEW YORK (AP) - The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii lets police have sex with prostitutes

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


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