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2 missing, 4 badly burned in Gulf fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard was searching Friday for two workers missing after a fire erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the coast.

November 16, 2012 | | Nation


GOP congressman's ex-wife had 2 abortions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who opposes abortion rights, testified during divorce proceedings that he and his former wife made a mutual decision for her to have two abortions, according to divorce transcripts released Thursday.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

UTAH CITY SETTLES WITH MAN WHO FLIPPED OFF OFFICER: OREM, Utah (AP) - A man who was pulled over and cited after flipping off a Utah police officer in 2010 has agreed to drop his complaint after the city of Orem agreed to pay him $2,500 in damages and promised not to ticket anyone else for the obscene gesture.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio drug defendant asks judge for 1 more joint

CINCINNATI (AP) - A judge's offer to allow an Ohio drug defendant the chance to stay out of prison if he'd give up marijuana might have just gone up in smoke.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Questions on sex scandal: Top officials testify

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top national security officials trudged to Capitol Hill on Thursday to grapple with fallout from the David Petraeus sex scandal as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked service chiefs to review ethics training for military officers. He said he was unaware of any other top brass who could turn out to be ensnared in the debacle.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Abandoned boy meets fireman who saved him

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A Texas boy abandoned at a fire station as an infant got a special wish for his 10th birthday: meeting the firefighter who saved him.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Army suicides for 2012 surpass last year's numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ten months into 2012, the number of suspected suicides by active-duty soldiers has surpassed last year's total, even as the Pentagon struggles to stem the persistent problem.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits vets parade

DALLAS (AP) - A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


With pot legal in states of Washington & Colorado, police worry about road safety

DENVER (AP) - It's settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pot ballot wins raise specter of weed tourism

DENVER (AP) - Hit the slopes - and then a bong?

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


A single spiteful email unlocks a Pandora’s box

WASHINGTON (AP) - It started in May with a spiteful email to the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. An anonymous writer warned Gen. John Allen that a friend with whom he was meeting in Washington the following week was trouble and he should stay away from her.

November 15, 2012 | | Nation


Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A pair of Mexican drug smugglers in camouflage pants, bundles of marijuana strapped to their backs, scaled a 25 foot-high fence in the middle of the night, slipped quietly into the United States and dashed into the darkness.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

LOOSE GORILLA ALERT? ELECTRONIC ROAD SIGN HACKED: LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - A prankster is changing the message on an electronic traffic warning sign. The sign is supposed to tell people that a road in the Placer County city of Loomis will be closed for pipeline construction.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


House GOP picks woman for a top leadership post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stinging from double-digit election losses among female voters, House Republicans elected a woman to their top leadership team Wednesday in a tense test of gender politics and the clout of the GOP's power brokers.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


Pelosi running again for House leader post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that kept the party in the minority there even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and a second term for President Barack Obama.

November 14, 2012 | | Nation


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DOG SURVIVES 15-STORY FALL WITH A BIG SPLASH: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A partially blind dog has survived a fall from the balcony outside his owner's downtown Sacramento condominium into a hot tub 15 stories below.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 tree

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

December 25, 2014 | | Nation


Salvation Army: Boston jewelry gifts ‘contagious’

BOSTON (AP) - What started with a widow quietly dropping her wedding rings into a Salvation Army donation kettle has spawned spontaneous acts of jewelry generosity this holiday season.

December 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man mistakenly sells mattress set with cat inside for $100

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When an Oregon man sold his girlfriend's mattress set for $100 because she was moving in with him, little did he realize her cat was hiding inside.

December 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA clears Novo Nordisk’s weight loss drug Saxenda

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a Novo Nordisk diabetes drug as a treatment for obesity. It's the first injectable drug approved for weight loss.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


HELICOPTERING

NEW YORK (AP) - Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure's sake once their only child left home for college.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Natural gas down 29% in a month

NEW YORK (AP) - Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train disaster settlement growing

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Congressman guilt of tax evasion

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election in November, but he remained determined to stay in office even with his sentencing now looming.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cops’ deaths highlight outdated systems

NEW YORK (AP) - After Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend and posted an online death threat against police, investigators in Maryland used modern cellphone tracking technology to follow his journey to New York City in real time.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Drones big buzz as holiday gifts

NEW YORK (AP) - Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 114, who challenged Facebook age policy dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 114-year-old woman who challenged Facebook after the social media site wouldn't let her list her real age has died in Minnesota.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-racer pleads guilty in high-speed chase

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150 mph chase through three states pleaded guilty Tuesday under a deal that spares him any prison time.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Florida surpasses NY in population

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It's official: Florida has surpassed New York in population to become the third-most populous state in the union.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal seeks gun permits for pot users

DENVER (AP) - Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm.

December 23, 2014 | | Nation


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