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Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

NEW YORK (AP) - Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Thursday while investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains, some from the 1800s.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation

Panel embraces transgender troops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation

Google cameras take Grand Canyon rafting trip

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation

Teen who sued parents returns home

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation

House race could be warning for Democrats

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) - After months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 3 dead

NEW YORK (AP) - A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about "unbearable" gas smells.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

SC deputy cried after shooting 70-year-old

YORK, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old man during a traffic stop after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop broke down in tears as other officers arrived, according to dashcam video released Wednesday.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Investigators seek cause of SF fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as firefighters worked to prevent its spread through a San Francisco neighborhood.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Chu unseated after 12-day run

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Girls charged with abusing disabled teen boy

MECHANICSVILLE, Md (AP) - Two teenage girls in southern Maryland bullied an apparently autistic 16-year-old boy into performing sexual acts and crashing through pond ice in episodes they captured on cellphone video, authorities said Wednesday.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

3 who attacked couple went to wrong home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The men accused of severely beating a man and repeatedly sexually assaulting his pregnant wife may have meant to target a different home for a robbery, authorities in Wisconsin said.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Will Google bring good fortune to Credit Karma?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is betting that good things will happen to Credit Karma, an online service that provides consumers with free copies of the credit scores that define their financial reputations.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Uncle Sam throws a curve with bowl-shaped solar coin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The United States Mint in San Francisco will soon produce an unusual coin in honor of the nation's favorite pastime.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation

Feinstein sees torture probe meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an extraordinary public accusation, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee declared on Tuesday that the CIA interfered with and then tried to intimidate a congressional investigation into the agency's possible use of torture in terror probes during the Bush administration.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation

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Widows: Railroad knew of defect before veterans killed

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Intensive care nurse Angie Boivin had just tended to a woman whose leg was severed near the hip when she saw her ...

November 27, 2015 | | Nation

Man meets stranger who helped save his life

BURLINGTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident this summer had a surprise reunion this week with ...

November 27, 2015 | | Nation

West Point bans cadet pillow fight after 30 injured

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured this summer will be banned and actions are being ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Ohio State moves to end annual lake jump after student dies

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio State University announced Wednesday that it will move to end an annual lake jump after a student experienced a fatal medical emergency ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Man convicted of killing wife; posted Facebook photo of body

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Woman reports ‘dynamite’ text; passenger removed from plane

BALTIMORE (AP) - Four passengers were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore's international airport last week after a fellow passenger said she saw one ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Russia’s Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

MOSCOW (AP) - In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

No charges for man who left Ak-47 assault rifle at Utah Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man who left an unloaded semi-automatic rifle at the state Capitol as part of a protest against gun violence ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

French lawmakers extend airstrikes

PARIS (AP) - French lawmakers voted Wednesday to continue airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks that ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation


SUNNYVALE (AP) - Marissa Mayer's nearly four-year attempt to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

E. coli in salad vegetables

SEATTLE (AP) - Testing has pointed toward a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler as the source of E. coli in Costco chicken salad that ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

California demands fixes for 16,000 more VW cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California air quality regulators on Wednesday demanded a recall of up to 16,000 additional Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesels as the ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

EPA moves to withdraw OK of controversial weed killer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Signed editions of Harper Lee novel

NEW YORK (AP) - How much is a signed Harper Lee novel worth? Her publisher is offering a special edition of "Go Set a Watchman" for ...

November 25, 2015 | | Nation

Chicago officer charged with murder

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the ...

November 24, 2015 | | Nation

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