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BELGIUM'S CHOCOLATE STAMPS OFFER LICK WITH A KICK: BRUSSELS (AP) - Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


High court gay marriage tickets cost money

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Woman gets prison time in 'total ID theft'

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - For almost 12 years, a Houston elementary school teacher and an illegal immigrant living in Topeka have engaged in a tug of war to claim the identity of Candida L. Gutierrez in a case that has put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the United States.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nearly $3.7M spent on ex-presidents in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being the leader of the free world is an expensive proposition. And the costs don't stop once you leave the White House.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Spring snow closes schools, cancels flights

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) - Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


$338M Powerball winner says he'll help family

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - The winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot told several media outlets Monday that his first priority will be helping his family.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Rallies held to protest ND anti-abortion move

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 300 abortion-rights activists carried signs and chanted, "Veto! Veto! Veto!" in a demonstration Monday at the state Capitol protesting a package of measures that would give the state the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$5.6 MILLION BUDGET GAP FOR SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Schools could be shuttered and positions could be eliminated as the Sacramento City Unified School District seeks to close a $5.6 million budget gap next school year.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

NEW YORK (AP) - He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the "first Latino pope," a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there's a catch: Pope Francis' parents were born in Italy.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gun debate heating up as critical Senate vote on gun control nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes ‘Let’s make a deal’ as alternative plans pop up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea training teams of ‘cyber warriors’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Winning $338M Powerball ticket sold in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Federal defenders face deep cuts, case delays

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal justice system.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign is still unconscious

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As airport officials tried to figure out how a 300-pound arrival-departure panel fell off the wall and onto a family, the mother of a boy who was killed by the sign lay in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of what happened.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


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• VICTIM, SUSPECT IN GA. MALL SHOOTING DEAD: MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, the victim died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself, police said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


IRS bonuses for 1,100 owing back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


NY hospital: E-cigarette caused injury

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona court rules on DUI law for pot users

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities can't prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban stalled as mayor gets pressure

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man must pay $489K for false call

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man who was 19 when he made a false distress call that triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution to the U.S. and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx sued over deadly bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


FBI investigates serial child molester

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


E-cig industry awaits regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Internet TV case: Justices skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Waffle taco doesn’t scare McDonald’s

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's apparently isn't scared by a waffle taco.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Grieving borrowers told to repay loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


USPS unveils Harvey Milk stamp being issued starting on May 22

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service will feature a close-up, black-and-white photograph of Harvey Milk on its commemorative stamp of the California politician and gay rights icon.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


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