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The legislative twists and turns in Congress' battle over the partial government shutdown and the entwined Republican effort to curtail President Barack Obama's health care law:

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Twitter IPO stokes hot market for Internet stocks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet stocks are heating up again, just as Twitter is preparing to turn up the temperature with its highly anticipated IPO.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Suspect wants prison restrictions lifted

BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Wednesday to lift restrictions placed on him in prison, arguing that the conditions are overly harsh, have left him nearly totally isolated and are impairing their ability to defend him.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

8 killed in church bus crash

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - A bus taking a church group home to North Carolina blew a tire, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer Wednesday in a fiery wreck that killed eight people, authorities said.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Obama seeks to strike a balance during shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Stocks fall, fears of protracted shutdown grow

NEW YORK (AP) - Fear of a protracted U.S. government shutdown is making global investors increasingly nervous.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

No progress on partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Detroit missed bond debt payment

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit, not unexpectedly, has defaulted on its most recent general obligation bond debt payment, Moody's Investors Service said Wednesday.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

News from around the nation

THE REAL CAPT. PHILLIPS GETS HERO'S WELCOME IN VT. : WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) - The captain of the American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates four years ago returned home from sea to another hero's welcome - this time for a sneak peek of the Tom Hanks movie about the ordeal.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Firms fear loss of government checks

NEW YORK (AP) - As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

NEW YORK (AP) - In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Big business aligns with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Judge orders monitor in profile case

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that an Arizona sheriff is complying with constitutional requirements after finding his office engages in racial profiling.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Man pleads guilty to assault in toddler slap case on plane

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who slapped a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound plane has pleaded guilty to simple assault.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation

Shutdown closes parks, monuments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Visitors arrived to find "CLOSED" signs at the Statue of Liberty, the Smithsonian and other parks and historic sites across the country. Callers looking for help from the government reached only voicemail. And federal employees were left to wonder when they would return to work.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation

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Second cancers are on the rise; 1 in 5 US cases is a repeat

ATLANTA (AP) - Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutor: Man sent nude photo to O’Donnell’s daughter

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a home where comedian Rosie O'Donnell's teenage daughter was found last week sent the girl ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

State: Mobile medical pot cart illegal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - It didn't take long for an entrepreneur to combine two of Portland's favorite things: marijuana and food carts.

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Dominating TV, Donald Trump a ratings draw for programs

NEW YORK (AP) - Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's ability to ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Man admits forcing illegal terms to do ‘slave-like’ egg farm work

MARION, Ohio (AP) - The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

NRA sues Seattle’s over new ‘gun violence tax’

SEATTLE (AP) - Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called "gun ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Tardy tax filers risk loss of subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Zip line regulations scrutinized

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - As 12-year-old Bonnie Sanders Burney soared over a 40-foot ravine at her sleep-away camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tether ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Apple’s stock cuts losses after CEO emails about China

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Teens are shopping more like their parents

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

Jimmy Carter’s cancer fight puts new meaning in old message

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) - The Sunday school lesson was familiar: When your burden grows heavy, ask God for strength. But the message carried a more powerful ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

Casey Anthony prosecutor: No crime committed on website

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

Judge orders immigrant kids released from detention

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge in California has ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

New Mexico boasts world’s longest tamale

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world's longest tamale Saturday morning.

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

NY stages topless parade with 60 cities worldwide

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway put on a very different kind of matinee on Sunday: dozens of bare-chested women and men parading down the Great White ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

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