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Obama stance adds fuel in marriage battlegrounds

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage has emboldened activists and politicians on both sides of the issue, setting off a flurry of political activity in a number of states and serving as a rallying point in others where gay marriage votes are being held this fall.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


Stabbed woman hits child with car, both dead

CLEVELAND (AP) - A woman allegedly stabbed by her best friend during an argument while sitting behind the wheel of a car tried to drive away and struck her attacker's 2-year-old daughter, authorities said Friday. The woman and the toddler both died.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse visible from China to Texas on Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they'll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


House OKs continued war in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the American people are war-weary after more than a decade of conflict.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Kentucky weighed politics, medicine in whether to OK death row inmate's surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Documents: Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range. George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


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CUBAN PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER GETS US VISA: HAVANA (AP) - Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy and a shill for the Communist government her family has led for decades.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Romney's April money suggests GOP rallying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Barack Obama's overwhelming cash advantage.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Reno air race organizers get OK to continue

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races cleared a major hurdle Thursday in their bid to continue the annual event this fall, winning approval of a special one-year permit and moving closer to securing the necessary $100 million in insurance in the aftermath of last year's tragic mass-casualty crash.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOUSE OKS GOP'S ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BILL: WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set up a showdown Wednesday with the Senate and President Barack Obama over legislation to protect women from domestic violence, a fight that's become as much about female voters this election year as cracking down on abuse.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later - and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archives - he was honored by President Obama on Wednesday with the nation's highest award for gallantry.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Scientists hunt ways to stall Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease - by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Obama assets valued between $2.6M and $8.3M

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million, according to financial disclosure reports released Tuesday by the White House.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


NY boy can play on girls field hockey team

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The biggest goal of Keeling Pilaro's field hockey career happened far from an athletic field on Tuesday.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse , don’t report due to being illegals

FRESNO . (AP) - Farmworker women across the United States are commonly sexual harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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Pediatricians’ Rx for schools: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Police chief in small Texas town killed

ELMENDORF, Texas (AP) - The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Biologists plan to re-collar wandering Oregon wolf

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregon's famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Caregiver stepped on tot, who died

NEW YORK (AP) - A child care worker charged with killing a toddler in her home told police she threw the boy to the floor and stepped on him three times, and after that, he could no longer walk on his own, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama takes less vacation than predecessors

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sex charges for teacher of the year

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels for DUI

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Reid makes off color joke at Asian event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Parole denied yet again for Lennon’s killer

NEW YORK (AP) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man who at pot candy must stand trial

DENVER (AP) - A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking warning for 1,000 retailers

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Ryan says he’d love to see Romney run again

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm."

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


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