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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 killed home intruder but also brother, housemate

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former juvenile delinquent fatally shot an armed robber who broke into his apartment through a bathroom window and accidentally shot and killed ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Guard who stopped mall robbery suspect called hero

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A retired police detective is being hailed as a hero for engaging in what authorities called a "life-and-death struggle" to apprehend ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


15 arrests as protest blocks Minneapolis airport access

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Protesters blocked access to a terminal and caused significant holiday traffic delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday during a Black Lives ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Utility agrees to faster resident relocation amid SoCal gas leak

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Gas Co. on Wednesday agreed to speed up the relocation of residents affected by a now 2-month-old gas leak in ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Probation for constables who dragged cuffed woman by legs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two constables who handcuffed a woman and dragged her out of her home by her legs over an unpaid parking ticket have been ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Judge tosses counts in criminal case tied to PG&E pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than half of the felony counts Pacific Gas and Electric Co. faced from a natural-gas explosion that killed eight people near ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


NORAD prepares to track Santa’s journey

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Peterson Air Force base is getting ready for its annual holiday mission - tracking Santa's storybook sleigh ride around ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


‘Beatles say ‘let it be’: Fans can soon stream their music

NEW YORK (AP) - They love us, yeah! yeah! yeah!

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Countries clash to claim real Santa

HELSINKI (AP) - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obamas share favorite holiday tunes

HONOLULU (AP) - Ever wonder what music gets President Barack Obama in the Christmas mood?

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Virtual reality is finally here

NEW YORK (AP) - With the launch of Samsung's Gear VR headset a few weeks ago, virtual reality for the masses is finally a thing ...

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


X-ray vision? New $300 Tech making it a reality

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - X-ray vision, a comic book fantasy for decades, is becoming a reality in a lab at MIT.

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Booze & cold deadly in Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Carl Smith found his son's body in a cold, open field, not far from the Route 66 saloon where the ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Trump denies using ‘vulgar’ language to mock Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected reports that he used vulgarity in describing Democrat Hillary Clinton's primary loss to now-President ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man jailed after student threatened over “Star Wars” spoiler online

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new "Star Wars ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


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