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Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

DETROIT (AP) - Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


14 at Nevada school test positive for inactive TB

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Fourteen people at a Las Vegas-area high school have tested positive for a latent, noncontagious form of tuberculosis, health officials said.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Curls & dimples: Shirley Temple dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Any kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved - or as important - as Shirley Temple.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Panel votes down heart safety claim for naproxen use

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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Aggression to dominate Obama trip

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pushing back against demands to supply arms to Ukraine, Obama administration officials said Friday that economic sanctions would remain the primary weapon as the U.S. and its European allies seek a diplomatic solution to Russia's aggression.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Utility in talks over closed-nuke costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Talks are underway to resolve a costly question at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California - who pays a bill that could top $3 billion, officials disclosed Friday.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Breakfast foods are getting pricier

NEW YORK (AP) - Breakfast is now being served with a side of sticker shock.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart’s new tool gives prices of competitors

NEW YORK (AP) - The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii lets police have sex with prostitutes

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


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


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