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Soda crackdown starts Tuesday in New York

NEW YORK (AP) - At barbecue joints, coffee counters and bottle-service nightclubs, a coming clampdown on big, sugary soft drinks is beginning to take shape on tables and menus in a city that thrives on eating and going out.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Budget cuts force military jets to drop more than 190 air shows

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Even a rural festival celebrating the harvest of Georgia's famous sweet onions isn't safe from the federal budget battle 600 miles away, as automatic cuts are threatening to take away the star attraction for the Vidalia Onion Festival's popular air show: the Navy's daredevil fighter pilots, the Blue Angels.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Gay couples could see windfalls from ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For Mina Meyer and Sharon Raphael, two women in their 70s who fell in love more than four decades ago and have been married for more than four years, the U.S. Supreme Court's pending consideration of a law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing unions like theirs is about more than civil rights. It's about buying a new roof for their California home, replacing their 2005 Toyota Camry, and ensuring Meyer doesn't take a financial hit if Raphael dies first.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Harvard secretly searched deans’ emails

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Harvard University administrators secretly searched the emails of 16 deans last fall, looking for a leak to reporters about a case of cheating, two newspapers reported.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Stress from storms, war tied to heart risks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stress does bad things to the heart. New studies have found higher rates of cardiac problems in veterans with PTSD, New Orleans residents six years after Hurricane Katrina and Greeks struggling through that country's financial turmoil.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Explosions mark dangers of making hash oil

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nicholas Broms was trying to squeeze a better high from marijuana when his Oregon condo caught on fire. An explosion knocked out a wall, blew out his sliding glass door and torched his arms.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Comstock Lode mining picking up

VIRGINA CITY, Nev. (AP) - The company that brought gold and silver mining back to the historic Comstock region around Virginia City says the operation is proving as successful as expected and new discoveries have it even more optimistic about the future.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Seven die in Kentucky fire

GRAY, Ky. (AP) - Gino Cima raced to a house as it was engulfed by flames in rural Kentucky, frantically trying to save his nephew, his nephew's pregnant fiancee and five young children inside. But he was too late: He found his nephew's body near a side door, laying in a way that suggested the man had been trying to rescue the sleeping children.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• 49ERS SELL 75 PERCENT OF TICKETS IN NEW STADIUM: SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have already sold three-quarters of the seats at its new Silicon Valley stadium, thanks in part to the team's Super Bowl run.

March 10, 2013 | | Nation


Bid to dismiss rat poisoning death charge

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A lawyer for a woman charged with murdering her infant because she ate rat poison while pregnant says records clearly show that the Indiana law she's charged under was only meant to apply to people who attack pregnant women, not the women themselves.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


2 Civil War sailors from USS Monitor buried at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - More than 150 years after the USS Monitor sank off North Carolina during the Civil War, two unknown crewmen found in the ironclad's turret when it was raised a decade ago were buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Forest Service may let more fires burn

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Hot chicks: At 60, Peeps still popular

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with - what else? - Peeps.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Sen. McCain slams release of illegals

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Friday that some of the more than 2,000 illegal immigrants recently released by the Homeland Security Department because of budget cuts may have been convicted of serious crimes, citing "local sources."

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Push for mandatory gun ownership

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A town of 140 people in western Maine is considering an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass or consider such a rule even though the measures are widely considered unenforceable.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


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Credit card late payments up in 4Q from 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Americans took on more credit card debt and failed to make timely payments in the final quarter of 2013, when consumers typically crank up spending on holiday shopping.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rock thrower shot to death by agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


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