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GOP foes of Hagel nomination as Secretary of Defense say vote should go on this week

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they'll probably allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee - and, by extension, the Obama administration - surfaces in the coming week.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Obama seeks ‘balanced way’ to budget fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect that looming, drastic across-the-board budget cuts will have on the middle class, his new chief of staff said Sunday. Congressional Republicans predicted the cuts would start as scheduled next month and blamed Obama not only for doing little to stop them but for the idea itself.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


White House calls draft plan a backup

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Barack Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system and urged the administration to hold off while lawmakers work on a bipartisan measure.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with slapping toddler may be out job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight appears to be out of a job.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Weird news

• BRITISH TEEN SURVIVES 3 DAYS LOST IN OUTBACK: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A British teenage backpacker drank contact lens fluid and his own urine to survive three days lost in Australian Outback scrubland in oppressive summer heat, his mother said Saturday.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Mom's stripping disrupts NY school assembly

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a mother who got on stage and started to strip during an upstate New York school assembly is facing child endangerment and lewdness charges.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

THAI COUPLE SETS NEW RECORD FOR LONGEST KISS: PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) - For the second time in three years, a Thai couple has set a new record for the longest kiss, locking their lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds in a Valentine's Day "kissathon."

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Papal conclave largely European club

ROME (AP) - The face of the Roman Catholic Church has changed profoundly in Pope Benedict XVI's lifetime. Congregations in the West are smaller and older, while those in Africa, Latin America and pockets of Asia are booming, bringing youth and energy to the Catholic world.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Space rocks hours apart underscore danger

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn't much the world's scientists and generals can do about it.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Talking bird report led to arrest of kidnapper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 19-year-old daycare worker was formally charged Friday in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school last month, an arrest aided by the little girl's memory of a talking bird in the home where she was taken, authorities said.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Delay gives foes time to hone attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weeklong Senate recess gives outside interest groups opposed to Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary more time to sharpen their attack against President Barack Obama's choice. And they're not wasting any of it, promising to redouble their efforts to scour Hagel's record and to pressure senators to vote against him.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


What happed to $100M spent on Job Corps?

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr., wife agree to plead guilty to fund misuse

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio mom accused in teen fight defends her actions

CINCINNATI (AP) - A woman accused of helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenage girl at a high school is countering a police department's version of the fight and says she and her daughter are the ones who were attacked.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


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Sparks school shooter’s parents help fight bullies

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old Sparks boy who shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before turning the gun on himself have donated nearly $14,000 to an anti-bullying program in a partnership with the school district.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine brings tough challenge to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A successful Olympics behind him, President Vladimir Putin is facing what may become the most dramatic challenge of his rule: how to respond to the turmoil in Ukraine, a country he has declared vital for Russia's interests, which is home to millions of Russian-speakers and hosts a major Russian navy base.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Is preschooler obesity falling?

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Court seems divided in climate case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Longest-serving congressman to retire

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) - Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Polio-like illnesses called ‘rare’ occurrence

STANFORD (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after daughter’s first-date death

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who got out of her father's SUV to pose for photos with a boy after her first date was struck and killed by the vehicle, police said Monday, and her father was charged with DUI.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• PREMIUMS MAY RISE FOR 11 MILLION WORKERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Climate case looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) - The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Wood burning rule prompts backlash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to propose changes to federal wildfire funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include a proposal to change the way the federal government pays to fight wildfires, a White House official said Saturday.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Town is reconsidering its dry status

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

WASHINGTON (AP) - After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 99.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


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