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Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

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December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

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Finding alternatives to suspending students

DALLAS (AP) - The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb led to widespread ridicule of school ...

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

Boy, 6, fatally shoots brother, 3

CHICAGO (AP) - A 6-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers" with a gun their father told investigators he ...

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

Rats winning the face in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - To many in New York City, the rats are winning.

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

Therapy dogs in courts to help soothe child victims

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The girl had shut down, slumping in her chair as if she had hoped it would swallow her up.

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

Martha Stewart says she should have purchased Kmart

NEW YORK (AP) - If Martha Stewart had her way, Kmart could have been KMartha.

October 15, 2015 | | Nation

Push for pilot strike at Allegiant

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Teamsters union is making a new push to end contract negotiations with Allegiant Air and move closer to a strike by pilots.

October 15, 2015 | | Nation

Dietary supplements send 23,000 to hospitals yearly

ATLANTA (AP) - Many claim to be natural, which may sound safe, but dietary supplements send 23,000 Americans to hospital emergency rooms each year, a ...

October 14, 2015 | | Nation

What is herbal Viagra? A look at the supplement’s dangers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say NBA star Lamar Odom had taken over-the-counter sexual performance enhancement drugs before he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel ...

October 14, 2015 | | Nation

Employers offer cash to push shopping around for health care

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Bennett pockets about $3,000 a year from her employer mainly for driving around 80 miles roundtrip for a deal on ...

October 14, 2015 | | Nation

Apple adds Retina displays to its iMacs

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is adding Retina displays to its iMacs, which will enhance the text and the image quality of photos and videos.

October 13, 2015 | | Nation

Top beer makers join forces to face industry challenges

BRUSSELS (AP) - The world's biggest beer maker clinched a deal Tuesday to take over its nearest rival in a bid to stave off the ...

October 13, 2015 | | Nation

Police defend use of Taser on city official in Texas

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) - Police officials in a small, predominantly black Texas college town are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a ...

October 12, 2015 | | Nation

Randy Quaid, wife held in Vermont on Santa Barbara fugitive charges

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife were ordered held on $500,000 bail each in Vermont on Monday on charges that ...

October 12, 2015 | | Nation

Former congressman says DFS ‘cauldron of daily betting’

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The U.S. congressman who drafted the 2006 legislation used by DraftKings and FanDuel as proof of their legitimacy says is it ...

October 12, 2015 | | Nation

YC mayor’s group to host presidential forum

NEW YORK (AP) - The political organization founded by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a bipartisan presidential forum on income inequality this ...

October 11, 2015 | | Nation

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