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The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.

More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Balloons steal the show

NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Quiet holiday for first family

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Manager fired over holiday dispute

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation ...

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NYPD optimistic Macy's parade balloons will fly

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather is looking up for Snoopy, Spidey and the rest of the giant balloons that take to the skies for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Health law business insurance site delayed year due to woesDelete - Merge Upbodycopy

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman had 5 guns, ammo when arrested

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

IND. OFFICER GETS 13 YEARS IN FATAL CRASH: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A former Indianapolis police officer who killed a man and seriously injured two others when he was driving drunk and crashed his police cruiser into two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nasty weather for holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targets tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Adopted boy's abandonment stirs worry

CINCINNATI (AP) - When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require.

November 26, 2013 | | 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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