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98-YEAR-OLD MESSAGE IN BOTTLE SETS WORLD RECORD: LONDON (AP) - It was scooped up from the sea after 98 years, and now officials say a message in a bottle discovered in Scotland has set a world record.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Peanuts were thrown at black camerawoman at GOP meeting

NEW YORK (AP) - A black camerawoman who works for CNN said Thursday that she was not surprised to have two people at the Republican National Convention throw peanuts at her and say "this is what we feed animals."

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Batman movie shooting suspect made call prior to deadly attack

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The suspect in the Colorado shooting rampage tried unsuccessfully to call his university psychiatrist 9 minutes before he opened fire during a Batman movie premiere, defense attorneys revealed in court Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Weakening Isaac hovers over water-logged Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Sikh temple victim remains in coma

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - Sikh priest Punjab Singh hasn't regained consciousness since the shooting rampage at a Wisconsin temple earlier this month, and is hooked up to a machine to help him breathe, his family says.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges open their eyes: ZZZs are key to higher GPA, learning

NEW YORK (AP) - As college students return to campus in the coming weeks, they'll be showered in the usual handouts of coupons, condoms and credit cards. But some schools are also giving students what a growing body of research reveals could make a huge difference in their college careers: ear plugs, sleep shades and napping lessons.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Romney makes Mormonism part of his big night

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) - After years of avoiding direct mention of his religion, Mitt Romney opened about his Mormon faith as he accepts the Republican nomination for president.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Ann Romney shares miscarriage, depression

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - As Lisa Wolfe drove home from a frustrating day at work, Ann Romney's voice blared over her car radio. Every word of Mrs. Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night made Wolfe angrier.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Lennon killer wants to live with minister if freed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The man who killed ex-Beatle John Lennon said in his most recent parole bid that he hoped to live and work with an upstate New York minister if released, according to a hearing transcript released Wednesday.

August 30, 2012 | | Nation


Ryan: Romney won't 'duck tough issues' on economy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan embraced "the calling of my generation" to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and pledged to cheering Republican National Convention delegates and a prime time TV audience that Mitt Romney will make the bold and difficult decisions needed to repair the nation's economy.

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN HELD IN FIGHT OVER CHICKEN BAKED NOT FRIED: POINT MARION, Pa. (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he fought with his son and daughter-in-law after he was served chicken that was baked, when he wanted it fried.

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


California moves to give licenses to young illegal immigrant drivers

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is moving to give driver's licenses to young immigrants who are in the country illegally but would no longer face deportation under a recently announced policy change by the Obama administration.

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


Isaac steers clear of direct blow on New Orleans; days of rain ahead

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain.

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


Bill cracks down on 'party bus' drinking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Operators of so-called "party buses" would bear legal responsibility for drinking by underage passengers under a bill that responds to several recent tragedies.

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


Yahoo fires bureau chief for Romney/blacks remark

NEW YORK (AP) - Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the Republican convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were "happy to have a party with black people drowning."

August 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Malaysia, FBI analyze missing pilot’s simulator

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger - wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


NYC inmate ‘baked to death’ in cell

NEW YORK (AP) - Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


More than 100 people found in house

HOUSTON (AP) - A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Conduct in neglect case not criminal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Accompanied only by the family dog and his toy truck, a 3-year-old boy wandered the streets near his Oregon home in June 2011 while his father slept.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Half adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

ATLANTA (AP) - Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx profit up, but misses expectations

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 percent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company's costs, but the results were below analysts' expectations.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


$1.2B Toyota fine: GM’s future?

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors, beware.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Utah men avoid jail time in ancient rock toppling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and avoided jail time.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Top cancer centers now off limits for many

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of America's best cancer hospitals are off-limits to many of the people now signing up for coverage under the nation's new health care program.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after 350-foot fall at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a Texas man at Grand Canyon National Park believe he fell about 350 feet from the canyon's edge after trying to retrieve something, possibly a hat.

March 18, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) - In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia's borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland - provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Deadly downtown chopper crash

SEATTLE (AP) - A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, killing both people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


4 charged in online child exploitation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Bieber claimed foot fracture in Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


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