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NH town readies for vote on renaming Jew Pond

MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) - For many long-time residents of this rural town, the quest to change the name of Jew Pond is much ado over a muddy, manmade body of water not used for much of anything besides ice skating and fishing. For more recent transplants and the town's health officer, though, it's a way to banish an offensive title that's recorded on at least one official map.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Weekend massacre further dents Americans' support for war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weekend massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, newly undermines the rationale for a war that a majority of Americans already thought wasn't worth fighting. But the Obama administration and its allies insisted Monday the horrific episode would not speed up plans to pull out foreign forces.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum: Convention would give me GOP nod

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Rick Santorum said Monday his path to the Republican Party's presidential nomination counts on continued chaos in the field and a fractured GOP arriving at its nominating convention in late summer.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Two arrested in New Mexico town plagued by topless dancer election blackmail plot

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Two officials of a New Mexico border town wracked by allegations of extortion and voting fraud were arrested Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Storied carrier, 'the Big E,' makes final voyage after 50 years of deployment defending America

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


US seeks to contain damage from Afghan shooting of 16 civilians by American soldier

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials were scrambling Sunday to contain the damage caused when an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down more than a dozen villagers.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


Candidates spar before key Mississippi, Alabama Republican primaries on Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Sunday nudged rival Newt Gingrich to step aside, arguing a head-to-head contest between himself and Mitt Romney should "occur sooner rather than later." A defiant Gingrich predicted victories in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and called Romney the weakest Republican front-runner in nearly a century.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


NASA specialist axed over intelligent design

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has landed robotic explorers on the surface of Mars, sent probes to outer planets and operates a worldwide network of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


Review of Olive Garden becomes Internet sensation

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota newspaper columnist sat down to review her town's hot new Italian restaurant, rhapsodizing about the chicken Alfredo, crisp greens and "two long, warm breadsticks."

March 10, 2012 | | Nation


Corrections firm offers states cash for prisons

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation's largest private prison company made an enticing offer to 48 states that went something like this: We will buy your prison now if you agree to keep it mostly full and promise to pay us for running it over the next two decades. Despite a need for cash, several states immediately slammed the door on the offer, a sign that privatizing prisons might not be as popular as it once was.

March 10, 2012 | | Nation


Occupy Wall Street in NYC low on cash

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street in New York City could run out of cash in a matter of weeks.

March 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ALA. IMMIGRATION LAW PUTS SCHOOL PLAY ON HOLD: PELHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration may keep Charlie Brown and Snoopy from performing in a high school musical.

March 09, 2012 | | Nation


Facebook 'friend' offer exposes man's other wife

SEATTLE (AP) - Facebook's automatic efforts to connect users through "friends" they may know recently led two Washington women to find out they were married to the same man, at the same time.

March 09, 2012 | | Nation


Romney: Obama 'in part' to blame for gas prices soaring at pump during past month

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Seeking to tap into the public's concern over rising gas costs, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama was "in part" to blame for higher prices at the pump.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Senate blocks effort to speed pipeline from Canada under White House pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the White House, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday blocked a Republican bid to speed approval of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


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More charges for Amish-kidnap suspects

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


New ways for insurers to avoid the sick?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police ID officer, allege teen robbed store

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat of prosecution funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Lye mixed into tea month earlier

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Surge in Cuban rafters aiming for US

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Couple arrested in Amish girls’ kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate religious ceremonies gets new look

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

BERKELEY (AP) - There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, girl killed in porn pics case

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey ex-con was charged with strangling his cousin and her 10-year-old foster daughter after the woman found him taking pornographic pictures of the girl, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


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