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Can’t afford health plan, will I be fined?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii lets police have sex with prostitutes

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Gym faces lawsuit over dress code

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A gym in Albuquerque refused to let a Muslim woman wear her religious head covering when she tried to work out, according to a new lawsuit against the company.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


No jail for Crime Stoppers head over anonymous tip

MIAMI (AP) - The head of Miami-Dade County's Crime Stoppers program avoided jail time Thursday after a judge found him in contempt of court for refusing to divulge details about an anonymous tip, some of it on a piece of paper he ate rather than turn over at a previous hearing.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


New photos from Kurt Cobain suicide

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police on Thursday released previously unseen images showing drug paraphernalia from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide 20 years ago.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen bypasses guard, reaches WTC spire

NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage thrill-chaser slipped through a fence, eluded a security guard and climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center, authorities said Thursday as concerns swirled about a seemingly audacious breach at what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure sites.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Killer who set 2 co-workers afire executed in Fla.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been executed for killing two female co-workers by beating them with a hammer and setting them on fire during a robbery at a fabric store where they worked. One witness to the lethal injection Thursday blurted out "Die!" as the inmate read his last statement.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon bans pot munchies at dispensaries

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands of preschool kids face suspension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools - and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Phelps tested free speech with anti-gay protests at funerals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Life for man who killed parents then threw party with bodies still in house

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man accused of killing his parents and then throwing a party with their bodies still inside their house was ordered Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Trial set for drive-by Amish buggy horse shooting

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A man from Pennsylvania's Amish country is headed to trial in a drive-by shooting that killed a horse pulling a buggy with a family inside.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Sanctions target Putin’s inner circle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 objects seen in sea best lead

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search planes joined a freighter early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Four gunmen with pistols stuffed into their socks attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Afghanistan's capital Thursday, just hours after militants killed 11 people in an audacious assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


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Dubai pushes for driverless cars

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants ...

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


Ruling stands that baker can’t cite religion

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake ...

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


Andra Day to appear on 40M Coke soda cups at McDonald’s

ATLANTA (AP) - Andra Day wants to inspire people to rise up while drinking a Coke.

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


Time Warner Cable deal gets OK, with online video conditions

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal regulators will impose several conditions meant to protect online video services as they back Charter's bid to buy Time Warner ...

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


2 officers shot, suspect dead at Wal-Mart

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Two officers are in stable condition, with one requiring surgery, and the suspect is dead following a shooting Saturday at a Wal-Mart ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 ‘pre-planned execution’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Minnesota law agencies issue marijuana wax danger warning

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are warning of a rise in seizures of a potent marijuana concentrate.

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


1 dead, 1 ‘cooperating’ after shooting death during services

NORTH WALES, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a dispute between two members of a suburban Philadelphia church during a Sunday worship service ended with one person ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Trump stream ahead as rivals show signs of fading

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surged Sunday toward another round of pivotal presidential primaries as their party leaders faced new questions ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Gunman wounds 2 outside prom

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump top suggestion to replace school’s name of Robert E. Lee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A YU-U-U-GE name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Woman killed baby girl, put body in dumpster

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A woman beat to death a 13-month-old girl under her care on a rural Montana Indian reservation, threw the baby's body ...

April 23, 2016 | | Nation


Drones may be new firefighting tool

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires - drones.

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Judge sentences defendant, spends night in jail with him

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation - then spent the night in the ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


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