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Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator - similar to a snow leopard - evolved in Asia and spread out.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Socialist takes lead in Seattle council race

SEATTLE (AP) - Voters in left-leaning Seattle, where police recently handed out snacks at a large marijuana festival and politicians often try to out-liberal each other, are close to electing a Socialist candidate to the City Council.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Organ-donor request delays execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the unusual request by a state death row inmate to donate his organs.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Utility, solar firm battle over rooftop panels

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is in the midst of what seems like an intense election-year campaign: millions of dollars in spending, a barrage of negative TV ads and large amounts of outside money. The issue, however, has nothing to do with taxes, a hot-button policy or anything on the ballot.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Seat belts on commercial buses delayed 45 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a drunken driver on a California highway back in 1968 slammed into a bus carrying passengers to Las Vegas, killing 19, investigators said a lack of seat belts contributed to the high death toll. But 45 years later, safety advocates are still waiting for the government to act on seat belts and other measures to protect bus passengers.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Ranchers rankled by Joan Jett pick

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Some South Dakota farmers and ranchers are upset by the selection of singer-guitarist Joan Jett, a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, to perform on the state's float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Doctors told to get serious about obesity

ATLANTA (AP) - Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Jury acquits Air Force officer accused of groping

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - An Air Force officer who once led the branch's sexual assault response team was acquitted Wednesday of allegations that he groped a woman outside a Virginia bar.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


One World Trade Center named tallest building in USA

NEW YORK (AP) - They set out to build the tallest skyscraper in the world - a giant that would rise a symbolic 1,776 feet from the ashes of ground zero.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Inmate executed for abduction, slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991 was put to death Tuesday evening.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TEEN NABBED FOR POSTS ABOUT SHOOTING: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A teenager posted nonpublic information about a 2012 shooting on his Twitter feed, police said, and that material was later posted to an Instagram account being scrutinized for divulging information about witnesses to crimes in the city.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Plastic guns: Law enforcement challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) - With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


School lifts ban on shirts honoring girl

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A southern Michigan school district has reversed its decision to bar students from wearing T-shirts honoring a 12-year-old classmate who died over the weekend following a long battle with cancer.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


Boy who came home for early Christmas dies

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A boy whose last wish was to be home for his favorite holiday has died, two weeks after his hometown welcomed him with a Christmas tree outside his window and a motorcycle-riding Santa Claus.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


2 charged with Sierra bear poaching

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

November 13, 2013 | | Nation


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Medics who left dying patient under investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Paramedics attended to a man who was bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then left him to be taken to the morgue, saying his injuries were "not compatible with life," according to police documents.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MASSACHUSETTS TO USE MORE HUMOR ON HIGHWAY SIGNS: BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Coca-Cola bets on energy drinks

ATLANTA (AP) - Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with the world's biggest soda maker hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday amid sluggish sales, higher-than-expected health care costs and the need to invest more in its e-commerce operations.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


GE in talks to sell appliance division

NEW YORK (AP) - General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


JC Penney posts narrower 2nd quarter loss, sales rise

PLANO, Texas (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) reported a narrower loss for its second quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Stores have solid start to back-to-school retail season

NEW YORK (AP) - The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


‘Warcraft’ to memorialize Robin Williams in game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Robin Williams' spirit will live on in the virtual world of Azeroth.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Police to citizens: Be careful tweeting

SEATTLE (AP) - Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


NJ man removes Islamic group-linked flag

GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man took down a black flag with Arabic letters he's been flying outside his home for 10 years after complaints arose on Twitter about its association with Islamic militants.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Teen lives undetected at 24-hour Texas Wal-Mart for two days

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) - A teenager lived undetected for two days at a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Texas after running away from his aunt's home, police said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting protests turn violent

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Drives to hospital after bear mauling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear in Alaska, state troopers said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN ACCUSED OF DISMEMBERING 5 DOGS AT NEVADA MOTEL: RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 24-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering several dogs and keeping their heads in small refrigerator in a Nevada motel room.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


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