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Gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

DENVER (AP) - A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their Massachusetts ceremony, and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher accused of taping student to chair

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A suburban San Antonio school district said it's reviewing training guidelines after a teacher allegedly duct taped an 8-year-old student to a chair - a year after another teacher was accused of ordering kindergartners to take turns hitting a classmate.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


North Fla. county to allow atheist monument

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The courtyard outside the Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon become home to a monument to atheism.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


McDonald's courts night owls with breakfast items

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is taking a small step toward offering breakfast items outside of its usual breakfast hours - at least if you're a night owl.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies in crash

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Whistleblowers say agency casts wide net

NEW YORK (AP) - Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


IRS: So sorry for lavish conference

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Senate defeats college student loan plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - College students faced increasing uncertainty about the cost of new student loans after senators failed Thursday to advance partisan proposals to keep interest rates from doubling on July 1.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NC WOMAN'S SPIN ON 'PRICE IS RIGHT' LEADS TO PLEA: FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV's "The Price is Right" even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Churches split on Scouts' welcoming of gay youth

ATLANTA (AP) - In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Committee passes bill on sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) - With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Building being torn down collapses, killing 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

RUNNER'S PAIN IS NO PULLED MUSCLE; IT'S A BABY: DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Widow, 84, claims $590M jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An 84-year-old Florida widow who bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line came forward Wednesday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Woman from wealthy NY suburb grew $3M in pot

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - She lived in a big house in a manicured suburb, took riding lessons on her $10,000 horse and drove a Mercedes. But Andrea Sanderlin, authorities say, wasn't like all the other moms in Scarsdale.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

DENVER (AP) - A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


MLK estate drops licensing lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) - With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Four bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful NY state politician arrested on bribery charges

NEW YORK (AP) - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler fatally shoots self with dad’s gun

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Apple’s Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

CUIPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


T-Mobile to offer new phone deals to people with bad credit

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile says it will offer deals on new smartphones to customers with bad or no credit, regardless of how they pay, and charge no interest.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Social Security extends field office hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration says a budget increase this year will allow it to keep field offices open an extra hour on most weekdays, starting in March.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Got Battery? Lots of low batteries but no quick fix

NEW YORK (AP) - At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Man raising his hands shot by police

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon hospital patients burned by lights in operating rooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 10 patients at an Oregon hospital - and possibly more - suffered burns because staff didn't replace filters on lights in three operating rooms, officials at the medical center said Wednesday.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


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