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New Jersey test asks third graders to reveal a secret

TRENTON (AP) - Some New Jersey parents are steamed about a question on a statewide standardized test this week that asked some third-graders to write about a secret and why it was hard to keep.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage shift gives Obama campaign big fundraising boost

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHOENIX-AREA MAN HITS $1 MILLION JACKPOT SIX TIMES: PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix man made a lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky guess in a recent multistate lottery game.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Kidnap-slaying suspect slain; 2 girls OK

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - As a SWAT team closed in, a fugitive accused of killing a Tennessee mother and daughter before disappearing for nearly two weeks with her two other children killed himself Thursday evening, allowing authorities to safely recover the kidnapped girls, police said.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Romney denies targeting classmates for being gay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for "stupid" high school pranks that may have gone too far and moved quickly to stamp out any notion that he bullied schoolmates because they were gay. His swift response reflected the Republican presidential candidate's recognition that his record on gay rights is under heightened scrutiny following President Barack Obama's embrace of gay marriage.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Young adults ignore skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Biden apologizes to Obama over comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shortly before President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the president for comments that led him to speed up his public pronouncement.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BACHMANN BECOMES A CITIZEN OF SWITZERLAND: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Rural post offices dodge closure bullet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama voices his support for same-sex marriage brings cheers from gay supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Romney stands by his opposition to gay marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Mitt Romney on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Texas inmate gives Obama a run in WVa primary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - As he tells it, Keith Russell Judd is a Harvard-educated musician and activist whose mother was a 1920s actress and father a designer of the first atomic bomb. He is also inmate No. 11593-051 at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Lugar loss: Lessons for Obama, Romney

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - President Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, can take a few lessons from veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in Indiana's GOP primary.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Support for Afghan war at new low

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Gay flap mars St. Patrick’s parades

NEW YORK (AP) - A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt

NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Designer Scott, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, found dead

NEW YORK (AP) - L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• JUDGE ORDERS CHRIS BROWN TO REMAIN IN JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Food pantries on rise at colleges

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Goodyear unveils next-generation blimp

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Study to test ‘chocolate’ pills for heart health

ATLANTA (AP) - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Review of deportations has risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new promise to seek ways to ease his administration's rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Campaign to save dog in mauling

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, no longer a fugitive, is set free

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fugitive charges were dropped against a 60-year-old woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and already been sentenced to time served.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


General’s deal drops sex assault charge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys said Sunday that the Army will drop sexual assault charges against a general under a plea deal that marks the end of a closely watched case that unfolded as the military grapples with sex crimes within the ranks.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Leading California GOP candidates are contrast in style as well as form

BURLINGAME (AP) - A conservative state assemblyman and gun rights enthusiast was the crowd favorite among the party faithful on Sunday as the Republican candidates seeking to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown for the governorship addressed delegates at the state party's convention in the San Francisco Bay Area and promised to get the government out of their way.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Final words came after systems shutdown

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777's communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance of the flight.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


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