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New Jersey test asks third graders to reveal a secret

TRENTON (AP) - Some New Jersey parents are steamed about a question on a statewide standardized test this week that asked some third-graders to write about a secret and why it was hard to keep.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage shift gives Obama campaign big fundraising boost

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHOENIX-AREA MAN HITS $1 MILLION JACKPOT SIX TIMES: PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix man made a lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky guess in a recent multistate lottery game.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Kidnap-slaying suspect slain; 2 girls OK

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - As a SWAT team closed in, a fugitive accused of killing a Tennessee mother and daughter before disappearing for nearly two weeks with her two other children killed himself Thursday evening, allowing authorities to safely recover the kidnapped girls, police said.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Romney denies targeting classmates for being gay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for "stupid" high school pranks that may have gone too far and moved quickly to stamp out any notion that he bullied schoolmates because they were gay. His swift response reflected the Republican presidential candidate's recognition that his record on gay rights is under heightened scrutiny following President Barack Obama's embrace of gay marriage.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Young adults ignore skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Biden apologizes to Obama over comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shortly before President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the president for comments that led him to speed up his public pronouncement.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BACHMANN BECOMES A CITIZEN OF SWITZERLAND: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Rural post offices dodge closure bullet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama voices his support for same-sex marriage brings cheers from gay supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Romney stands by his opposition to gay marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Mitt Romney on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Texas inmate gives Obama a run in WVa primary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - As he tells it, Keith Russell Judd is a Harvard-educated musician and activist whose mother was a 1920s actress and father a designer of the first atomic bomb. He is also inmate No. 11593-051 at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Lugar loss: Lessons for Obama, Romney

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - President Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, can take a few lessons from veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in Indiana's GOP primary.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Support for Afghan war at new low

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Gym faces lawsuit over dress code

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


No jail for Crime Stoppers head over anonymous tip

MIAMI (AP) - The head of Miami-Dade County's Crime Stoppers program avoided jail time Thursday after a judge found him in contempt of court for refusing to divulge details about an anonymous tip, some of it on a piece of paper he ate rather than turn over at a previous hearing.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


New photos from Kurt Cobain suicide

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police on Thursday released previously unseen images showing drug paraphernalia from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen bypasses guard, reaches WTC spire

NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage thrill-chaser slipped through a fence, eluded a security guard and climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center, authorities said Thursday as concerns swirled about a seemingly audacious breach at what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure sites.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Killer who set 2 co-workers afire executed in Fla.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been executed for killing two female co-workers by beating them with a hammer and setting them on fire during a robbery at a fabric store where they worked. One witness to the lethal injection Thursday blurted out "Die!" as the inmate read his last statement.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon bans pot munchies at dispensaries

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands of preschool kids face suspension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools - and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Phelps tested free speech with anti-gay protests at funerals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Life for man who killed parents then threw party with bodies still in house

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man accused of killing his parents and then throwing a party with their bodies still inside their house was ordered Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Trial set for drive-by Amish buggy horse shooting

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A man from Pennsylvania's Amish country is headed to trial in a drive-by shooting that killed a horse pulling a buggy with a family inside.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Sanctions target Putin’s inner circle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 objects seen in sea best lead

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search planes joined a freighter early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Four gunmen with pistols stuffed into their socks attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Afghanistan's capital Thursday, just hours after militants killed 11 people in an audacious assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine plans pullout from Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) - Surrendering to Russia's inexorable seizure of Crimea, Ukraine announced plans Wednesday for mass troop withdrawals from the strategic peninsula as Moscow-loyal forces seized control of Kiev's naval headquarters here and detained its commander.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


States prevail in voter citizenship suit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


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