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VERMONT SETTLES WITH MAKER OF MISLABELED VERMINTS: BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont reached a settlement with VerMints, a company that mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex- cop accused in fatal shooting over texting

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Did felon switch sperm at clinic?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Judge OKs pact ending desegregation payments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Children die after getting stuck in chest

FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) - A 7-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister died after getting trapped in a hope chest in their home, authorities said Monday.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Officers acquitted in homeless death

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two California police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Case: Abortion clinic protest-free zone

BOSTON (AP) - Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby's hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast.

January 12, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T to offer $15-a-month Beats Music family plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) - AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month.

January 12, 2014 | | Nation


W. Va. water tests encouraging after spill

DRY BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) - For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can't drink the water.

January 12, 2014 | | Nation


Neiman Marcus latest security breach victim

NEW YORK (AP) - Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves stole some of its customers' payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack.

January 12, 2014 | | Nation


High fire, wind warnings in Southern Cal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire and weather officials are urging Southern Californians to heed high fire and wind warnings over the next three days after a third year of especially dry conditions.

January 12, 2014 | | Nation


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January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Chemical spill brings W.Va. capital to standstill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia's capital city stained blue-green and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday it was unclear when it might be safe again to even take showers and do laundry.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska governor unveils new plan for gas pipeline

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a new way forward on a long-hoped-for natural gas pipeline that includes scrapping the terms of a 2007 law he says no longer works well for the situation.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Damage-control follows NJ lane closings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials squabbled over media leaks and worried about bad publicity in the days after lane closings near the George Washington Bridge caused huge traffic jams that now appear to have been politically orchestrated by a member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and key allies, documents released Friday show.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


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Tech means goodbye, snow days

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - She's no Grinch about it, but Lynn Grewing is the principal who stole snow days.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska counts ballots to decide US Senate race

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska election officials began Tuesday to count thousands of outstanding ballots that will decide the U.S. Senate race.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


$13K fine for refusing lesbian wedding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A rural New York wedding venue whose owners were fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding has stopped booking ceremonies.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Bush father, son want Jeb Bush run for White House

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that he and his father believe Jeb Bush should run for president but ultimately the former Florida governor must make a decision regardless of any pressure from the family.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Should legal pot affect criminal sentences?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge in Oregon delayed the sentencing of a convicted marijuana smuggler, saying a national trend in legalizing the drug could affect how seriously the crime is punished.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in rural Hawaii town

HONOLULU (AP) - A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Mexican meth trumps domestic meth

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NYC to stop many small-time pot arrests

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Car dumped into river during divorce flap

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


5th teen dies from school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - A fifth teenager has died as a result of a Washington state high school shooting two weeks ago that began when a student opened fire in the cafeteria.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN BRANDED 'SELFIE STALKER' SUES NANCY GRACE: DENVER (AP) - A man who was quickly branded a "selfie stalker" after his picture turned up on a crime victim's cellphone is suing television commentator Nancy Grace for defamation, saying she refused to stop airing his photo even after authorities had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


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