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Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation

Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation

States up heat help in food stamp cut end-run

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed this month: bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation

Sled dog race gets underway in Alaska

WILLOW, Alaska (AP) - A New Zealander was the first musher en route to the town of Nome when the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Sunday.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation

Mass. man’s speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Idaho House panel backs guns on campus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed out of a legislative committee Friday afternoon, despite objections from students, multiple police chiefs and leaders of all eight of the state's public colleges.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Avalanche levels Montana house; 2 saved, 1 missing

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly woman missing, but rescuers found an elderly man and an 8-year-old boy alive, police said.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Too few pilots or too little pay?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Primaries offer test of voter ID laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Nannies, babysitters, maids & Social Security

Q: We are going to hire a nanny to help care for our two small children. We have heard different opinions about whether we will have to deduct Social Security taxes from the wages we will be paying this person. Can you please clarify this?

February 28, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation

Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Sotheby’s takes back huge diamond after bidder defaults

NEW YORK (AP) - Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

Cost of worker housing subsidies plagues Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - As the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston grows, so does the amount of money the city needs to subsidize housing for city employees.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation

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Trump rivals decry his call for registering US Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential rivals rushed Friday to condemn Donald Trump's support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States, drawing ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Obama visits Asian refugee center amid raging debate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Week after attacks, defiant Parisians honor the dead

PARIS (AP) - A week after the deadliest attacks on France in decades, shell-shocked Parisians honored the 130 victims with candles and songs Friday, knowing that ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Democrats push to prevent gun sales to those on terror list

WASHINGTON (AP) - People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Pregnant woman fatally stabbed; baby survives

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed to death on Friday in a New York City apartment and investigators have a suspect into ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Clinton wants tax credit to help with heath care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending the coming weeks promoting a series of tax benefits that she says will help boost the take-home ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation


EASTON, Pa. (AP) - From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Turlock latest E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Zuckerberg to take 2 months paternity leave

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he's planning on taking two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born.

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Can ‘The Force Awakens’ Become biggest movie ever?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new "Star Wars" movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Home values point to sharp wealth divide

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist - basically, the crowd from "Cheers" - to live ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Detective featured in McFarland USA arrested

FRESNO (AP) - A California police detective who was a member of the championship 1987 track team depicted in the movie McFarland USA has been charged ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Amish man runs marathon in traditional slacks & suspenders

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon - not because of his speed but because ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Clueless Irish dad back in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The clueless Irish dad whose accidental selfie video of his Las Vegas vacation was watched by millions is back in Sin City ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Tech charging built into bags, wallets

NEW YORK (AP) - There are so many ways to charge a cell phone these days, what with all the portable gizmos and cases out there ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

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