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WITH BIG WAVES COMING, MAVERICKS CONTEST IS ON: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - With a Pacific storm pushing big waves toward California, organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Texas executes cop killer over Mexico’s protest

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally shot by Seattle police was armed with fake gun

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Suburban Chicago teen, 14, accused in death of girl, 11

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed more than 30 times at the suburban Chicago home where they both lived.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Protesting Utah student pays tuition in $1 bills

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Class aide suspended over racy photos

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts classroom aide who posed for racy modeling photos has been suspended with pay.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


NY boy killed in fire hailed as hero for saving 6

PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Brain-dead woman's fetus 'abnormal'

DALLAS (AP) - The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family's protests is carrying a fetus that is "distinctly abnormal," attorneys for the woman's husband said Wednesday.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

POLICE 'LIKE' WANTED PA. SUSPECT'S FACEBOOK POST : FREELAND, Pa. (AP) - Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Bicyclist: Driver didn't see me stuck in windshield

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle."

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama, Pope Francis to meet

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas casinos now accepting Bitcoin

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


\Gay juror was taken off panel improperly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


New videos of Toronto mayor emerge

TORONTO (AP) - A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


ASU fraternity under scrutiny for MLK Day party

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended following accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


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Teen pleads innocent to rape during outing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young offender accused of raping a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Eugene.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

DETROIT (AP) - Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Soda makers pledge to help reduce calorie consumption

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Feds, California release roadmap for solar projects

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Big new iPhone brings more profit

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff accused of ‘road rage’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff abused his power when he unnecessarily chased a motorist and pointed his revolver to the driver's head in "a fit of road rage," a federal prosecutor said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


Wind more key & not greenhouse gases?

SEATTLE (AP) - A new study released Monday found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of North America over the past century closely followed natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


Bear suspected to have killed hiker

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) - A black bear believed to have attacked and killed a hiker over the weekend likely was looking for food and was circling the victim's body when sheriff's officers and wildlife officials killed it, officials said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


St. Louis County cops apologize for flier wording

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis County police apologized Monday for the wording of a flier announcing a seminar to help officers interact with the media.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor to drop all marijuana tickets

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SHERIFF: IOWA MAN LOCKED 5 KIDS IN BEDROOM ALL DAY: IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or a bathroom, authorities said Monday.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Texas soldier beat daughter to death

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with capital murder after he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter with a belt because she soiled her diaper, according to West Texas police.

September 22, 2014 | | Nation


MILITARIZING POLICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

September 21, 2014 | | Nation


New iPhones score big in durability

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.

September 21, 2014 | | Nation


Feds: Islamic State group an online threat

NEW YORK (AP) - The latest issue of the digital magazine "Dabiq" features glossy photos of smiling militants from the Islamic State group, mutilated bodies on the battlefield and articles with titles such as, "There is No Life Without Jihad" and "Foley's Blood is on Obama's Hands."

September 21, 2014 | | Nation


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