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Latest fad: Cold-water jump challenges

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A recent fad in which people challenge their friends to jump into freezing water to raise money for charity has prompted warnings across the nation, as an increasing number of divers are reporting broken bones, blown-out knees or worse.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


ABC adds 12 new shows for fall

NEW YORK (AP) - ABC will add a new drama from "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes to its schedule in the fall, giving her ownership of Thursday night on a network that's lagging behind its competitors among advertiser-favored young adults.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


FCC revising Internet rules after backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Man bought drugs with bitcoins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man pleaded guilty to using bitcoins to buy a massive amount of drugs via the now-shuttered Silk Road website, federal authorities said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Nevada school shooter left 2 suicide notes

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada seventh-grader who went on a deadly schoolyard shooting rampage had images of the Columbine gunmen on his cellphone and told a therapist three days before the October attack that classmates were teasing him, authorities said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bill expands public safety survivor death benefit filing time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Survivors of peace officers and firefighters will have more time to file for death benefits if they can show their spouse or partner fell victim to certain diseases while they were working, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Governor Brown releases $108 billion spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax windfall lifted Gov. Jerry Brown's spending plan to a record level Tuesday, but the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed for higher-than-expected health care costs and an underfunded teachers' pension system.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire forces 20,000 evacuations

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on Tuesday, but so far only one mobile home burned as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Social Security tally: Noah, Sophia are favorite baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Authorities told slain student looking for alcohol in garage where he died

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old German foreign exchange student who was shot to death in a Missoula garage was apparently looking for an alcoholic beverage when he wandered into a partially open garage and was killed after a homeowner sprayed the garage with shotgun blasts.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona town runs low on water

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) - In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington Monument reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) - A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Clay Aiken’s primary foe dies at his home

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The entrepreneur who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken died Monday, his family said.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Second USA case of MERS reported

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Texas Panhandle wildfire destroys 89 homes

FRITCH, Texas (AP) - Firefighters had stopped the spread of flames in a wildfire in the Texas Panhandle and were focusing Monday afternoon on hotspots and buildings still smoldering 24 hours after they first turned their hoses on the blaze.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


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Small-car deals abound; buyers go crazy for SUVs

DETROIT (AP) - Louis Cervi was looking to buy a small car for basic transportation with a monthly payment in the mid-$200 range.

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


LendingClub CEO resigns over loan sale

NEW YORK (AP) - The chairman and CEO of the online lending company LendingClub stepped down after an internal review determined that the company's business ...

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


JC Penney to expand major appliances to half of its stores

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney says it will start to sell major appliances online and expand its rollout of the category to nearly 500 ...

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


Cruz campaign sued over music in videos

SEATTLE (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz's now-defunct presidential campaign is being sued over the background music it used in two videos.

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


Winning $429M ticket is sold in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and the jackpot was at $429 ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Fire chief set 42-acre fire in Maine

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) - A fire chief accused of intentionally setting a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Inquiry into black female cadets’ fists-raised photo taken at West Point

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Sinkhole spurs search for cave by Bass Pro Shops founder

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) - Instead of panicking, Johnny Morris saw an adventure worth digging into when a massive sinkhole swallowed tons of earth at his exquisite ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Trump likes idea of party unity, but on his terms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says he's all for bringing together the Republican Party, but the many GOP officials he's branded losers and lightweights ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Shoot-up rooms get serious look

NEW YORK (AP) - Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Cruz ends his bid for presidential

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - The combat death of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mom declared brain-dead after Wisconsin interstate shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An Illinois woman has been declared brain-dead after being shot during a random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mother gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio village fights class-action status in speed camera lawsuit

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio village's attorney said he will ask the state's high court to overturn an appeal court's ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


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