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Arcing power lines caused Utah wildfire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah wildfire that destroyed 52 homes and left one man dead was caused by arcing between power transmission lines that were built too closely together and sent a surge to the ground that ignited dry grass, a fire investigator said Wednesday.

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Health care options for young, healthy & broke

WASHINGTON (AP) - They're young, healthy and flat broke - and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars' worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings do?

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Wildland firefighters win federal health benefits

DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama will make federal health insurance available to about 8,000 temporary wildland firefighters, a White House official said Tuesday.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing

NEW YORK (AP) - Episcopalians approved a church wide ceremony Tuesday to bless same-sex couples, the latest decisive step toward accepting homosexuality by a denomination that nine years ago elected the first openly gay bishop.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TEXAS SWITCHES TO 1-DRUG EXECUTION DUE TO SHORTAGE: DALLAS (AP) - Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, announced Tuesday that it would become the latest to switch to single-drug executions amid a drug shortage that has left states scrambling for acceptable alternatives.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


Strip club sues 'Octomom' for cancelled shows

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) - The woman known as "Octomom" is facing a lawsuit after backing out of a deal to strip at a Florida club.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


NYC rally: The Million Big Gulp March

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if New Yorkers want to kill themselves with sugar - that's their right.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


New York may go smaller with 300-square-foot apartment units

NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe it's the urban dwelling of the future: studio apartments measuring no more than 300 square feet.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Firefighters gain ground but struggle in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Firefighters gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West but struggled in southern Idaho, where winds fanned a fast-moving blaze across nearly 300 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass, authorities said Monday.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


4 suspects linked to Fast and Furious

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities made a rare disclosure Monday linked to the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, revealing identities and requesting the public's help in capturing four fugitives accused in the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent 18 months ago.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Tax cuts for families under $250K

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, eager to shift election-year attention away from the nation's lackluster jobs market, called on Congress Monday to extend tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year while allowing taxes to rise for households making more.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AT&T DROPS LEGAL FIGHT OVER MASS. MAN'S $1M BILL: IPSWICH, Mass. (AP) - AT&T Inc. says it's dropping its legal fight against a Massachusetts businessman whose company was on the hook for a fraudulent million-dollar phone bill.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Mom questions how daughter shot during hug

DETROIT (AP) - The mother of a Detroit woman shot and killed while dancing with an off-duty police officer questioned Monday why he would carry a loaded gun at a party in his own backyard.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


NY man nears 3 millionth mile in beloved '66 Volvo

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) - It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


More public schools splitting up boys, girls; national count up to at least 500 schools

MIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) - Robin Gilbert didn't set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Solemn tributes mark Boston bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Study shows increase in online info thefts

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Con man gets life for failed decapitation plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam was sentenced to a life term on Monday for a bizarre, behind-bars plot to decapitate a judge and a prosecutor.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDS CHARGE WOMAN IN HILLARY CLINTON SHOE-THROW: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Push on for federal e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine: Little sign of progress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Malaysia jet search area too deep for submarine

PERTH, Australia (AP) - The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Rancher inspects cattle after showdown

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada rancher said Monday he's trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL ACCIDENTALLY SHOT, KILLED AT PARTY: GASTON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


X-Men’ clip teased at MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Dreyfuss loves acting, but passion is politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as "intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck."

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Jerry Lewis : Women are funny, not when crude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


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