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Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will be forced to take over the next several months from 22 to 14, defense officials said Wednesday, reducing the impact of automatic budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

DENVER (AP) - Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty - a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Washington island landslide affects safety of 34 homes

SEATTLE (AP) - Residents of a hillside overlooking scenic Puget Sound heard the thunder of a large landslide early Wednesday that knocked one home off its foundation, and isolated or threatened more than two dozen others on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Jury hears closings in Vegas hep C insurers case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury was asked Wednesday to hold the state's largest health management company responsible for up to $1 billion in damages because two women contracted incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas outpatient medical clinic later blamed for an outbreak called the largest in U.S. history.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Effort in Arizona would give residents who live in high crime areas free shotguns

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of crime-prone areas with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MAN WINS $8K AFTER DISNEY 'SMALL WORLD' BREAKDOWN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for three hours while the theme song played continuously.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


North Dakota signs nation’s most restrictive abortion law, expects fight

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Judge Judy's son, a DA, embroiled in NY rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Administrators armed in Colo. school district

DENVER (AP) - As lawmakers across the country debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another deadly school shooting, one Colorado school district has voted to let its superintendent and a high school principal carry concealed semi-automatic pistols on campus - a move some say sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


SD Sen. Johnson to retire, cites age

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Entering the auditorium on a motorized scooter and delivering remarks in halting speech, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced Tuesday that he would retire next year at the end of his term and acknowledged he remains limited by a 2006 health crisis that nearly killed him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Sidestepping major ruling on gay marriage?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Conn. priest to admit to meth charge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of taking in more than $300,000 from sales of methamphetamines plans to plead guilty to one of the charges against him, according to a court filing Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


$338M lottery winner feels 'pure joy’

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man feels "pure joy" at winning a $338 million Powerball jackpot but has no idea what he will do with the money - except buy a car, to replace his feet as his primary mode of transportation, he said.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada Assembly considers first ever expulsion

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A lawmaker who has been arrested twice in two months, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and accused of threatening to harm a Democratic Party leader could this week become the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians

CHICAGO (AP) - A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Foster baby dies after being left in hot car

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital gunman intended to kill others

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds Fla.’s docs vs. glocks law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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