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9 million use sleeping pills to get more zzz's

ATLANTA (AP) - Can't get enough shuteye? Nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills - and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older, according to the first government study of its kind.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation

Judge apologizes for comments in teen's rape

, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, but said he "deserved to be chastised" for his comments about the young victim.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation

Obama: Syrian carried out chemical attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet U.S. intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his government.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation

Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - Four New Jersey college football players are being rewarded for their honesty.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation

Obama: MLK is his personal hero

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Zimmerman will ask Florida to pay some bills

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's attorney said Tuesday that he is going to ask the state of Florida to pay for some of his client's non-lawyer legal bills, including for experts, printing and court reporters, and that the price tag could reach $300,000.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Some schools quit healthier lunch program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Seeking to gum up meth production

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More often than not, pharmacist Samuel Arco can tell whether a potential customer is looking for allergy relief or looking to cook up meth.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Readying rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Hole will make giant pumpkin ineligible for fair

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Body found in jilted girlfriend's freezer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

Nation news briefs

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation

County told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation

Can strippers save Atlantic City?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?

August 26, 2013 | | Nation

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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

Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids’ tests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

Nevada sheriff vows crackdown on Burning Man crime next week

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada sheriff is promising to crack down on any crime occurring in the Black Rock Desert at next week's Burning ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation

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

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