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Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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Man sells watch for $35,000 that he paid $5.99 for

PHOENIX (AP) - A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Firms in port dispute mappeal to workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Dentist charged in death of patient

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Did school principal sell heroin?

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Churches offer drive-by ashes

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Too busy to stop in for an Ash Wednesday service? Some churches are offering drive-by ashes.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon couple accused of letting baby starve to death

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple involved in online pornography was arraigned Wednesday on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado snow is bright spot

DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

BOSTON (AP) - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


TOY FAIR 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


NBC channel is now live on PCs, devices

NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices - as long as they are paying customers.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung makes move to challenge Apple Pay

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Smartwatches leave phone behind

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


NY tourism: Go to Florida instead

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.

February 17, 2015 | | Nation


FAA proposes rules for drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - Drone on, the government says.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Bill would let dogs into Nevada bars

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers reviewed a bill Monday that would allow people to bring their dogs with them into taverns and saloons, but it got a less-than-cuddly response from health officials concerned about slobber and dog hair in cocktails.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


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