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A look at military-style semiautomatic rifles

PHOENIX (AP) - Military-style semiautomatic rifles have been used in at least four high-profile shootings in the past year. Bushmaster variations of the weapon have been used in two recent attacks, including the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the Christmas Eve ambush slayings of two New York firefighters. While commonly called the AR-15, Colt and Armalite have been the only companies to make weapons by that specific name. Many other manufacturers, however, now sell similar versions of the rifle largely styled after the military's fully automatic M-16.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


FDA approves first new tuberculosis drug in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Questions over sex change snag divorce case

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man who garnered national media attention for giving birth to three children after having a sex-change operation has hit a snag in his divorce proceedings that could prevent him from having his marriage legally dissolved.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Roberts urges full financial support for court system

Roberts urges full financial support for court system

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Deal reached for stopping milk prices from soaring all the way to $7 a gallon

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


GOP governors walk balance beam

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After the Democratic president won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. With a federal deadline approaching, he also said while Florida won't set up the exchange for individuals to buy private insurance policies, the feds can do it.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama wants gun violence measures passed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


America now on edge of fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Capitol Hill deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was proving elusive Sunday as a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every American worker and block sweeping spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and other federal agencies grew perilously near.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


National news briefs

9 KILLED IN TOUR BUS CRASH ALONG OREGON HIGHWAY: PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down a steep embankment Sunday, killing nine people and injuring more than 20 others, authorities said.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


2012 styles that made our heads turn

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Burned bear cub recovering, may be released soon

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Gays in Maine poised for first weddings

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Chris Kast and Byron Bartlett already consider themselves married after a 2010 ceremony overlooking Portland Harbor, but now they're doing it all over again - planning to be among the first to get a marriage license when Maine's same-sex marriage law goes into effect at midnight.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


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Complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

DENVER (AP) - A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


MLK estate drops licensing lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) - With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Four bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful NY state politician arrested on bribery charges

NEW YORK (AP) - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler fatally shoots self with dad’s gun

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Apple’s Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

CUIPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


T-Mobile to offer new phone deals to people with bad credit

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile says it will offer deals on new smartphones to customers with bad or no credit, regardless of how they pay, and charge no interest.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Social Security extends field office hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration says a budget increase this year will allow it to keep field offices open an extra hour on most weekdays, starting in March.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Got Battery? Lots of low batteries but no quick fix

NEW YORK (AP) - At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Man raising his hands shot by police

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon hospital patients burned by lights in operating rooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 10 patients at an Oregon hospital - and possibly more - suffered burns because staff didn't replace filters on lights in three operating rooms, officials at the medical center said Wednesday.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


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