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‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ice storm causes another traffic jam

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uHUSBAND CITED FOR BASE JUMPING AFTER WIFE'S DEATH: ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Ranks drop after year of policy change

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Barbie to feature in this year’s SI Swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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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


Judge upholds ‘gun violence tax,’ dismisses NRA lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge upheld Seattle's so-called gun violence tax Tuesday, rejecting a challenge from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Columbia University: Massive landslide found in remote Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Scientists say they've discovered a massive landslide in an uninhabited area of eastern Alaska that's the largest detected in North ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Son, upset about bedbugs, killed elderly mother

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say a Minneapolis man admitted that he killed his 89-year-old mother because he was upset that a bedbug outbreak would get her ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Woman dies after being forcibly removed from Florida hospital

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said ...

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Did worker plant bomb under bosses’ bed?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A bomb in a crawl space sent the owners of a northwest Louisiana horse farm flying from their bed to the floor ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


International students gripe about bad food at Ohio college

CLEVELAND (AP) - A ruckus over the cultural sensitivity of cafeteria food at Ohio's Oberlin College has led to heaping servings of both derision and ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas crash said she was stressed living in car

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Bear pulls Boy Scout leader in cave by foot; Scouts get help

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader was pulled into a cave by a bear in northern New Jersey but beat the animal ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of buying guns denied bail

RIVERSIDE (AP) - The man accused of buying the assault rifles his longtime friend used in the San Bernardino massacre is a danger to the community ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Dozens of dogs poisoned then fatally shot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A humane society official said Monday that dozens of dogs were fed hotdogs laced with sleeping pills then shot to death ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Rent, food, gas, raises

Wondering how you will fare financially in 2016? Below are what experts think next year will hold for financial matters close to home: Raises, rent ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Feds requiring consumer warnings about older Java

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - PC users will see more warnings about the dangers of keeping outdated software on their machines, under a legal settlement negotiated by ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Contract to manage nuke lab up for grabs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The annual $2 billion contract to manage one of the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratories will be up for ...

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


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