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Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever - a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Specter dies as Congress is at its most polarized

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Arlen Specter, who spent much of his pugnacious 30-year career in the U.S. Senate warning of the dangers of political intolerance, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at a time when Congress is more politically polarized than anyone serving there - or living in America - can remember.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


With 0-32 record so far, gay marriage forces seek 1st win at polls in Maryland

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Irene Huskens has the wedding venue picked out: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland. But the wedding is no sure thing.

October 14, 2012 | | Nation


Yeager re-enacts historic sound barrier flight

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) - Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.

October 14, 2012 | | Nation


Study: HPV shots don’t make girls promiscuous

CHICAGO (AP) - Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.

October 14, 2012 | | Nation


Authorities: Body is that of missing Colo. girl

Authorities: Body is that of missing Colo. girl

October 12, 2012 | | Nation


Romney criticizes Biden on consulate attack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Broadening his attack on administration foreign policy, Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of "doubling down on denial" in a dispute over security at a diplomatic post in Libya that was overrun by terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

October 12, 2012 | | Nation


Mom gets 99 years for gluing tot's hands

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison by a judge who described his decision as a necessary punishment for a brutal, shocking attack.

October 12, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

SQUIRREL DINNER PREP MAYBE SPARKED MICHIGAN FIRE: HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a blaze that displaced dozens of people from a southwest Michigan apartment complex may have been sparked by a resident trying to cook a squirrel with a propane torch.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


US blaming Iran for Persian Gulf cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former U.S. government official says American authorities firmly believe that Iranian hackers, likely supported by the Tehran government, were responsible for recent cyberattacks against oil and gas companies in the Persian Gulf and that they appeared to be in retaliation for the latest round of U.S. sanctions against the country.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


Teen killed by federal Border Patrol agents firing into Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teenage boy and eliciting outrage from the Mexican government over the use of lethal force, authorities said Thursday.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead, 14,000 contaminated

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation's growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday that patients will need to keep watch for symptoms of the deadly infection for months.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


21 accused of selling meds on Craigslist

NEW YORK (AP) - The Craigslist ad offered black-market Percocet pills for sale but warned potential customers: "No LE please." Meaning: No law enforcement.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


Mother of former SEAL asks Romney to stop

SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) - The mother of a former Navy SEAL killed in Libya has called on Mitt Romney to stop talking about her son during his political campaign.

October 11, 2012 | | Nation


Ryan prepares to take on skilled debater Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) - To prepare for his biggest test yet on the national stage, untested debater Paul Ryan has been hauling two thick briefing books around the country and intently studying up on Vice President Joe Biden, who has been sparring over public policy since the Wisconsin congressman was learning how to talk.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


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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


Salaries rising for fundraisers at nation’s largest non-profits

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising money for charity has become lucrative work.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Kentucky inmate starves to death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have asked prosecutors to investigate after The Associated Press began asking questions about the inmate's death.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Army shrinks, young officers pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Boy Scouts ban church that allowed gay man to lead troop

SEATTLE (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


12 states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Search group sues FAA over drone use

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


89-year-old smoker plans to move

MILFORD, Ohio (AP) - An 89-year-old woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free and she won't give up cigarettes.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after being shot at courthouse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• LAWMAKER SHELVES BILL TO NAME BIBLE AS STATE BOOK: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

HONOLULU (AP) - A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Fuels from corn waste worse than gas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Part of Wyoming resort is still slip, sliding away

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


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