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PG&E PRESENTS NEW $5B GAS SAFETY PLAN TO CPUC: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives are proposing a $5 billion plan to boost safety standards on the company's natural gas lines.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security benefits for babies born via artificial insemination after dad's death?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Karen Capato used the frozen sperm of her deceased husband to conceive twins, but the government denied them Social Security benefits as their father's survivors. Her situation, more common as reproductive technology advances, had a mostly unsympathetic Supreme Court grappling Monday with the definition of "child,' inheritance law and artificial insemination.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Many willing to cut Army shooting suspect slack for massacring 16 Afghanistan civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) - He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


New wrinkle in pot debate: Stoned driving and enforcing DUI laws

DENVER (AP) - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Israelis agree Iran hasn't decided on atom bomb, still have great concern on capability

JERUSALEM (AP) - Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


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STUDY OF 'METH BABIES' FINDS BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: CHICAGO (AP) - The first study to look at methamphetamine's potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other children.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

March 17, 2012 | | Nation


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BERKELEY HIRES LAW FIRM FOR PROBE OF POLICE CHIEF: BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley officials have hired a law firm to investigate an order by the city's police chief that sent an officer to a reporter's home after midnight to request changes in a story.

March 16, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer: Afghanistan suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians was loath to deploy

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend had been reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment and had been staying in a camp where someone was "gravely injured" the day before the shooting, a Seattle lawyer said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Young people not so 'green' compared to older generations

CHICAGO (AP) - They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Militia group wants to arrest Neighborhood Watch leader that shot & killed unarmed youth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Members of a self-described black militia group will attempt a citizen's arrest on a white neighborhood watch leader who has admitted to fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen in an Orlando suburb, but has not been charged, a leader of the group said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

ROSEWELL, NM (AP) - Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


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STUCK MONT. MAN KEPT WITS BY PLAYING 'ANGRY BIRDS' : HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A man stranded for three days on a snowy mountain road in Montana attributed his survival to God, a rationed supply of beef jerky and the video game "Angry Birds" that he played on his cellphone to keep his wits.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Federal prosecutor taken off cases after paper Web posts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal prosecutor in New Orleans has been removed from cases after acknowledging he has been anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website about targets of federal probes, politicians, judges and even his own colleagues, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Utah boy, 8, takes his 5-year-old sister on joyride

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - An 8-year-old Utah boy made sure he and his 5-year-old sister buckled up before heading out on a middle-of-the-night drive in their mother's minivan, but they didn't get far.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


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Teen lives undetected at 24-hour Texas Wal-Mart for two days

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) - A teenager lived undetected for two days at a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Texas after running away from his aunt's home, police said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting protests turn violent

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Drives to hospital after bear mauling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear in Alaska, state troopers said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN ACCUSED OF DISMEMBERING 5 DOGS AT NEVADA MOTEL: RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 24-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering several dogs and keeping their heads in small refrigerator in a Nevada motel room.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


LA to pay $26M after banning worker naps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has finalized a $26 million payment to settle a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by garbage truck drivers.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Mom helped son burn himself

CHARLOTTE, S.C. (AP) - A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a videotaped stunt known as the "fire challenge" that's gaining popularity on social media and has left at least two other children with severe burns.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop to historic low

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


California: Record hot start to year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Betting pool on Sturgis rally deaths

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Members of a Black Hills family and their friends acknowledge that a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is a bit macabre, but they say they mean no harm.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July - showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


US sends 130 troops to Iraq

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE WON'T RELEASE NAME OF OFFICER WHO SHOT TEEN: FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN STRUCK BY 3 VEHICLES, INCLUDING 2 PATROL CARS: GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.

August 11, 2014 | | Nation


US ‘fully supports’ Iraq president

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


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