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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


Roberts urges full financial support for court system

Roberts urges full financial support for court system

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Deal reached for stopping milk prices from soaring all the way to $7 a gallon

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


GOP governors walk balance beam

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After the Democratic president won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. With a federal deadline approaching, he also said while Florida won't set up the exchange for individuals to buy private insurance policies, the feds can do it.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama wants gun violence measures passed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


America now on edge of fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Capitol Hill deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was proving elusive Sunday as a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every American worker and block sweeping spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and other federal agencies grew perilously near.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


National news briefs

9 KILLED IN TOUR BUS CRASH ALONG OREGON HIGHWAY: PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down a steep embankment Sunday, killing nine people and injuring more than 20 others, authorities said.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


2012 styles that made our heads turn

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Burned bear cub recovering, may be released soon

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Gays in Maine poised for first weddings

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Chris Kast and Byron Bartlett already consider themselves married after a 2010 ceremony overlooking Portland Harbor, but now they're doing it all over again - planning to be among the first to get a marriage license when Maine's same-sex marriage law goes into effect at midnight.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


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Bill would make Bible official state book of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book - something at least two other states have failed to do.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police cruiser video depicts moments before fatal shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The traffic stop starts like any other: an officer pulls over a motorist, walks up to the driver's side window and asks for license and registration. What happened minutes later appears to take place without any obvious sign of provocation or conflict: The driver opens the door and runs, and the officer chases after him.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Two women sentenced in for role in slaying black man

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In a hearing that lasted more than five hours Thursday, a federal judge sentenced two women to the maximum prison terms for their roles in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, the last of a series of white-on-black attacks.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Fired gay teacher may have little recourse

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Supporters of a teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract will not be renewed because of his same-sex relationship say the school is discriminating against him based on his sexual orientation.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Feds to spend $200M on new supercomputer

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will give Argonne National Laboratory $200 million to make the Chicago-area home to a high-performance supercomputer that is five to seven times faster than current top supercomputers.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


PC sales keep on declining

SAN JOSE (AP) - Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the industry's ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Domain naming body moves to crack down on ‘.sucks’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The body that regulates Internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Safety chief wants to cap big rig speeds to fix tire problem

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91,250

NEW YORK (AP) - The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Apple Watch options: 54 combinations

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size - there are 54 possible configurations in all.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


Guide to trying, ordering Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.

April 09, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• CALIFORNIA REGULATOR: PG&E "TOO BIG" FOR SAFETY?: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's top utility regulator is asking if the state's largest utility is too big for safety.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a jury that will now decide whether the 21-year-old should be executed or shown mercy for what his lawyer says was a crime masterminded by his big brother.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Short people’s genes may create higher heart risks

ATLANTA (AP) - Short people have more risk for heart disease, and now researchers may know why: Genes that govern height also seem to affect cholesterol, especially in men.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Washington snowpack sets record low

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Snow that replenishes Washington's reservoirs set a record low for April, setting the stage for reduced water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires this year.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


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