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Cliff avoided but Social Security taxes going up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

January 01, 2013 | | Nation


Plan for NYC Ferris wheel rolls on

NEW YORK (AP) - As the city grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans for an ambitious addition to the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island: the world's largest Ferris wheel.

January 01, 2013 | | Nation


No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'

DETROIT (AP) - Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. "Spoiler alert" is among them. So are "kick the can down the road," ''trending" and "bucket list."

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Two sides speak different languages Two sides speak different languages

WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) - Inside the Big Buck Sport Shop, where mounted moose and deer heads loom over rifles, handguns, targets and ammunition, the customers have no doubt: More gun laws will not save lives.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Final resting place of gunman a mystery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The body of the man who massacred 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school was claimed by his father, a family spokesman said Monday, but the public may never know what happened with the remains.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Texas judge OKs ban on state funding of Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

WASHINGTON (AP) - Racing against the clock, the White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs from taking effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


NYC couple had 'Terrorist Encyclopedia'

NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who gave birth under arrest and her boyfriend were facing weapons charges Monday after authorities said they found a substance used to make bombs and papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" in their apartment in a picturesque Manhattan neighborhood.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Details of tentative deal averting 'fiscal cliff'

Highlights of a tentative agreement Monday between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aimed at averting wide tax increases and budget cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year. The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years compared with tax policies that expire at midnight Monday. Still unresolved is how to avert across-the-board spending cuts set to begin slashing the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


The year in food: Of droughts & angst over foie gras, Twinkies

NEW YORK (AP) - Most Americans never will sip the watermelon margarita at Guy Fieri's behemoth Times Square restaurant, nor savor the chicken Alfredo at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Pa. railroad calendar delivered 63 years late

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year - except the year is 1950.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Clinton's blood clot an uncommon complication

NEW YORK (AP) - The kind of blood clot in the skull that doctors say Hillary Rodham Clinton has is relatively uncommon but can occur after an injury like the fall and concussion the secretary of state was diagnosed with earlier this month.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


A look at military-style semiautomatic rifles

PHOENIX (AP) - Military-style semiautomatic rifles have been used in at least four high-profile shootings in the past year. Bushmaster variations of the weapon have been used in two recent attacks, including the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the Christmas Eve ambush slayings of two New York firefighters. While commonly called the AR-15, Colt and Armalite have been the only companies to make weapons by that specific name. Many other manufacturers, however, now sell similar versions of the rifle largely styled after the military's fully automatic M-16.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


FDA approves first new tuberculosis drug in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Questions over sex change snag divorce case

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man who garnered national media attention for giving birth to three children after having a sex-change operation has hit a snag in his divorce proceedings that could prevent him from having his marriage legally dissolved.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


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Killing of unarmed man draws criticism

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Reagan aide Jim Brady’s death ruled homicide

WASHINGTON (AP) - This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Online suicides case back in lower court

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Document: Boy accused of murder wanted to go jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim, according to a court document filed Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Texas proposes alcohol sales at some gun shows

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange work

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


GM issues third recall on SUVs

DETROIT (AP) General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


25% of households ‘just getting by’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


County Fair-goers say they were fed pot-laced chocolate

DENVER (AP) - Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs renewed airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

SEATTLE (AP) - A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Flow of immigrant kids ebbs

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Remains of Jonestown bodies found

DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 35 years after the infamous suicide-murder of some 900 people - many forced to drink a cyanide-laced grape punch - in Jonestown, Guyana, the cremated remains of nine of the victims were found in a dilapidated former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Almost 10M Americans changed race

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


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