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Ex-DEA heads, UN panel urge US to nullify pot laws

CHICAGO (AP) - Eight former U.S. drug chiefs warned the federal government Tuesday that time is running out to nullify Colorado and Washington's new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use, and a United Nations agency also urged challenges to the measures it says violate international treaties.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Thieves grab cash boxes from Scouts' cookie booths

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Two Tucson-area Girl Scout troops were crime victims as thieves grabbed and ran off with the troops' cash boxes from cookie sales.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Judge to school: Cheerleading not a sport

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A U.S. District Court judge in Connecticut has again ruled that competitive cheerleading, despite some upgrades, is not a sport, and says Quinnipiac University must remain under an injunction that requires the school to keep its women's volleyball team.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Your chances of dying by 2023?

CHICAGO (AP) - Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Officials alarmed by increasing superbug reports

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials are reporting an alarming increase in some dangerous superbugs at U.S. hospitals.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Natural gas vehicles making inroads

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it sold a record 11,600 natural gas vehicles in its 2012 model year, more than triple the number it sold in 2010.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


GOP's anti-tax focus trips Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans' unyielding stand against income tax increases has caught President Barack Obama and his allies off guard, resulting in the spending-cuts-only approach to deficit reduction that Democrats most wanted to avoid.

March 05, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon to furlough 15,000 teachers, cut commissary time to reduce costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will furlough about 15,000 military school teachers and staff around the world because of the automatic budget cuts that took effect last Friday, but spokesman George Little said Monday the department will manage the process so the schools don't lose their accreditation.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


NY high school raises $489K with marathon dance

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - The 710 students from South Glens Falls High School danced for more than a day: Conga lines, "Gangnam Style," giddy-ups, hand jives and the Harlem Shake. Then, flushed and weary, the teens showed why this is a dance marathon with a difference.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

MASS. POLICE DOG DIGGING IN SNOWBANK FIRES GUN: LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Police say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Declining life span for some American women

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama nominates 3 to Cabinet-level posts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Boy, 12, dies after Philly-area school altercation

GLENOLDEN, Pa. (AP) - A sixth-grader who was injured in an altercation with another boy at school two months ago was taken off life support and died, and his suburban school district on Monday made extra counselors available to fellow students.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


Casey Anthony speaks at bankruptcy hearing

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Appearing in public for the first time since she was acquitted of murder, Casey Anthony revealed that she doesn't have a job or a car, lives with friends and relies on unsolicited gift cards and cash to get by.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


GOP unveils government funding measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House moved Monday to ease a crunch in Pentagon readiness while limiting the pain felt by such agencies as the FBI and the Border Patrol from the across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect.

March 04, 2013 | | Nation


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Airlines scrap record number of flights

NEW YORK (AP) - The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Utah may put Breathalyzer-type devices in bars

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Bargoers weighing whether they're sober enough to take the wheel could soon have a tool to help make that decision.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Comcast-TWC merger worries consumers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery via insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Feds let banks, marijuana sellers do business

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a road map for conducting transactions with legal marijuana sellers so these new businesses can stash away savings, make payroll and pay taxes like any other enterprise. It's not clear banks will get on board.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


VW workers eject union

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Blood clot risk lasts for 12 weeks after pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth - twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


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