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Obama considers weighing in on gay marriage case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by President Barack Obama to rights for gay couples.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Adults get 11 percent of calories on an average day from fast food

ATLANTA (AP) - On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Student desk chairs ditched for yoga balls

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - In 11 years of teaching, ditching students' desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions Robbi Giuliano thinks she ever made.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Live Twitter surgeries hit with public

HOUSTON (AP) - Amy Shireman logged into Twitter early Wednesday to join thousands of people from 60 countries watch live something she had experienced but never seen: a baby boy delivered by cesarean section, in all its graphic imagery.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers taking, passing AP exams move up

NEW YORK (AP) - As Advanced Placement exams have expanded to a more diverse group of high school students, more failures and lower average results seemed almost inevitable. But recent high school graduates seem to be bucking the trend: For the first time on record, average scores, the percentage passing and top scores are all increasing.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in campaign case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


S. Ind. School to apologize for racist costumes

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Administrators at a southern Indiana school district planned to apologize for costumes students at a predominantly white middle school wore to a basketball game, sparking allegations of racism.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Striking back against China cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Panel: Detroit is in financial emergency

DETROIT (AP) - A state-appointed review team has determined Detroit is in a financial emergency, paving the way for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to appoint an emergency manager who would need to come up with a new plan to get the city out of its fiscal crisis.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Defense seeks new trial in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy said in documents unsealed Tuesday that his prosecution was "predicated on a lie," and that they intend to file a motion for a new trial.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Drug overdose deaths up 11th straight year; mostly from painkiller accidents

CHICAGO (AP) - Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Traffic deaths surged in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year, according to an analysis of preliminary state data, reversing a seven-year decline in which the number of annual traffic deaths reached their lowest level in more than six decades.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

10- MONTH-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN SALINAS FARM FIELD: SALINAS (AP) - Monterey County authorities say a 10-month-old girl's body has been found in a farm field near Salinas, just days after she was reported missing.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

CHICAGO (AP) - Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


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Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


‘Easy Rider’ chopper at auction might be phony

CALABASAS (AP) - The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Reno business recruiting secret: Downtown dining

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stan Thomas tried to persuade a Northern California tech company to move here but it didn't want to.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Investigation of risqué video of women with guns posing with cops

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who have found some of their officers were in the film.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man gets life in loud music killing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Detroit museum defends 6-figure salaries

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is defending the six-figure salaries of its two top executives, saying Friday that it didn't anticipate a backlash when raises were granted a few years ago, before the city filed for bankruptcy.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama offers plan to tighten card security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s under- used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 8, who was slain lived in drug den

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The home of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was abducted and killed apparently was a nest of drug abuse and sales, police said.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


FBI director Comey warns against cellphone encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Second nurse contracts Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


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