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Big Bird flies high in 2012 presidential campaign via Obama television ad spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Big Bird is flying high in the 2012 presidential campaign.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Man's roach-eating death raises question: Why? Answers elusive

MIAMI (AP) - As a Florida medical examiner tries to determine how 32-year-old Edward Archbold died after eating insects during a contest to win a snake, people around the country are asking: Why?

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Sandusky gets at least 30 years, denies wrongdoing

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie "Seabiscuit."

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Occupy members join police in bid to save man’s Georgia home

ATLANTA (AP) - Less than a year after Occupy Atlanta members clashed with police in riot gear in a downtown park, they're now protesting alongside officers to help a retired detective avoid losing her home to foreclosure.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Obama looks to regroup; Romney appears confident as race tightens

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the White House race shows signs of tightening nationally, President Barack Obama's campaign is banking on a massive get-out-the-vote operation and state-by-state shades of economic improvement to maintain its apparent polling edge in battlegrounds from Ohio to Virginia.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Mom who glued kid's hands to wall faces life term

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman who super-glued her 2-year-old daughter's hands to a wall also beat the girl so badly that she suffered bleeding on her brain, a doctor testified Monday during the mother's sentencing hearing.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Skydiver eyes record-breaking jump over New Mexico from 23 miles up in stratosphere

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Skydiver Felix Baumgartner's attempt at the highest, fastest free fall in history Tuesday is more than just a stunt.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


UK police: Elderly couple unwittingly grew pot

LONDON (AP) - British police say an elderly couple unwittingly grew a monstrous cannabis plant in their yard after buying what they thought was an innocuous green bush at a flea market.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Man dies after live roach-eating contest

MIAMI (AP) - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Man mad over soccer call shoves kid, kicks ref

CATHEDRAL CITY (AP) - Riverside County authorities say a man angry about a referee's call at a youth soccer game ran on to the field, shoved a 9-year-old player to the ground and kicked the referee.

October 08, 2012 | | Nation


Border agents opened fire on each other

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday.

October 07, 2012 | | Nation


Police shoot, kill naked,unarmed college freshman

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Classmates and friends are questioning why a police officer fatally shot a University of South Alabama freshman who was naked and had been banging on a window at police headquarters.

October 07, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

COP IMPERSONATOR DEMANDED FREE FAST FOOD: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a man flashed a fake gun and badge and demanded free fast food at a McDonald's drive-thru.

October 07, 2012 | | Nation


Officials deal with Vegas' worst case of hoarding

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Armed with a court-signed abatement warrant, Las Vegas officials have swarmed a home to deal with what they call the worst case of hoarding they've ever seen.

October 07, 2012 | | Nation


Officials deal with Vegas' worst case of hoarding

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Armed with a court-signed abatement warrant, Las Vegas officials have swarmed a home to deal with what they call the worst case of hoarding they've ever seen.

October 07, 2012 | | Nation


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Perry booked power abuse charges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman shoots grandson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson pledges outreach efforts

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Was American beheaded in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rethinking giving military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Federal autopsy ordered in teen’s death

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Plan: Sterilize tortoises to save them

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


More charges for Amish-kidnap suspects

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


New ways for insurers to avoid the sick?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police ID officer, allege teen robbed store

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


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