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LAWSUIT: PA. YEAR OF THE BIBLE RESOLUTION UNLAWFUL: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An organization that includes atheists and agnostics has filed a lawsuit over a state House resolution that declares 2012 the Year of the Bible, saying the measure violates the U.S. Constitution's provision that prevents government from enacting laws "respecting an establishment of religion."

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Gas prices already closing in on last year's high

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gasoline is less than a dime away from last year's high.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Fight claims, pot put teen's side on defensive in Florida shooting defense

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday following revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Supreme Court justices moving to heart of health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Aggressive parents force annual egg hunt cancellation in Colorado Springs park

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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ARETHA FRANKLIN CELEBRATES 70TH, TALKS NEW MUSIC: NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Cheney's transplant reopens debate about age

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Battle over Obama health law before Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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SLAIN TEEN'S FRIENDS SAY HE NEVER PICKED A FIGHT: MIAMI (AP) - Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cash spills on highway: What would you do?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - You're cruising along the highway when you see a bunch of green bills fluttering around like flakes in a snow globe. You get closer and you realize it's cash. Other drivers are pulling over to snatch what they can. What do you do?

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


City manager says he’s not needed, lays self off

KELLER, Texas (AP) - The administrator of a North Texas city believes he's not needed and has laid himself off.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) - A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Bus driver in Ohio accused of choking student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Regulators: T-Mobile doing bogus billing

WASHINGTON (AP) - T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police plan to charge gun vendor

ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Man critically injures ref at soccer game

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area soccer player faces a felony assault charge for allegedly punching a referee during an adult-league match, critically injuring the ref.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Clash over beach contamination warnings

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Bat maker not liable for pitcher’s injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Video: SC trooper threatened Taser use on lineman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sentenced in coffee cans fortune case

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Alabama woman was sentenced Monday to a year on probation to cap a bizarre case in which a trucker enlisted her and two others to help him hide a small fortune he found stuffed in coffee cans inside an elderly man's garage.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• UTAH MAN SENT TO JAIL FOR FIGHT OVER CHURCH SEATS: OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Obama seeks border aid; Pelosi visits Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


Cuomo: Boost HIV tests, treatment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state can end its three-decade HIV crisis by the year 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as he announced an ambitious plan to deliver a knockout blow to the epidemic by boosting testing, reducing new infections and expanding treatment.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


Jury selection to begin for marathon suspect’s friend

BOSTON (AP) - The first of four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial on charges he impeded the investigation into the deadly attack.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


Cruise ship leaves Seattle after fire

SEATTLE (AP) - A cruise ship that returned to Seattle after a fire in its boiler room left the port again on Sunday morning.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


9 shot in Bourbon Street crossfire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

June 29, 2014 | | Nation


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