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ND lawmakers define life as starting at conception triggers new debate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota didn't set out to become the abortion debate's new epicenter.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Democrats work to pass budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats neared approval of their first budget proposal in four years on Friday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans. The Democrats also would reverse automatic spending cuts that are beginning to strike both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN FINDS KNIFE IN BACK 3 YEARS AFTER STABBING : YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (AP) - A Canadian man was just scratching what he thought was an old itch this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senators close in on immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A last-minute dispute over wages for lower-skilled workers flared Friday as senators scrambled to sketch out a deal on a sweeping immigration bill before Congress takes a two-week recess.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

YELLOWSTONE BISON HUNT TAKES MOST SINCE '89: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOMEOWNER FIRED WARNING AT TEEN INTRUDER: STERLING, Va. (AP) - Police say a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Peace is possible,' Obama insists

JERUSALEM (AP) - Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Bill would expand background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


House passes Republican budget plan promising $4.6 trillion in cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320 million jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Texas shootout may tie to prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Appeal sought after Ill. threat conviction of rapper tossed out

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Prosecutors said Thursday they plan to seek a challenge of an Illinois appellate court's decision overturning an aspiring rapper's conviction on allegations that he threatened a murderous college rampage, muddying the man's newfound freedom from prison.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


NC scraps proposed pink-striped license

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina said Thursday it is abandoning its plan to issue pink-striped driver's licenses to certain illegal immigrants, beset by mounting criticism of the specially designed IDs.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Chicago to close 54 schools

CHICAGO (AP) - Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Conn., rifle maker end aid deal after killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Just days before 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school in December, state development officials offered the maker of the rifle used in the massacre a $1 million loan to bring new jobs to the state.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


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‘Historic’ blizzard may slam Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) - A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Abortion foes express renewed hope at SF rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Clerk killed over cigarettes

PHOENIX (AP) - A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Man who drove through checkpoint killed

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Purse-snatcher can’t shake grandma off car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland thief trying to make a getaway Friday had a hard time seeing his way clear, given that 53-year-old grandmother Tammy Elliott was on the hood of his car, hanging on to the windshield wipers and screaming at him to give back her purse.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump across USA

NEW YORK (AP) - At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero.

January 23, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Online storage provider Box stock price soars during Wall Street debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Box's shares soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider's decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280M

NEW YORK (AP) - Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful Saudi Arabia King Abdullah, 90, dies

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


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


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