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TRYING TO SPREAD CHEER, SANTA IN NH SCARES INSTEAD: HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. governor signs school mascots bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames, pushing aside opponents' charges that the measure is racist.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned soon

NEW YORK (AP) - Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


US Rep. Radel will not resign after coke bust

MIAMI (AP) - A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges, Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida refused to resign Thursday, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NYC Council passes plastic foam ban

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City lawmakers paved the way Thursday for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers, added electronic cigarettes to the city's already stringent smoking bans and approved the creation of a website that will help the public track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy-related damages.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Suicide note found at home of hospital shooting suspect

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A suspect in a deadly hospital shooting in Reno left a suicide note at his home and claimed he had botched surgery three years ago before killing a doctor and himself this week, police said Thursday.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Efficiency not good case for cameras

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Government assisting child smuggling

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in South Texas said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are known to be in the U.S. illegally.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Obama commutes sentences for 8 convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

OKLA. MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND DURING ARREST: ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Talk about a marriage proposal to remember.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Study looks at pot demand in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state's new legal pot system.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


Wildlife advocate pleads guilty to poaching

Wildlife advocate pleads guilty to poaching

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


US: Man held in Reno supported India terrorism

RENO (AP) - A 39-year-old man who received asylum in the U.S. from India has been arrested in northern Nevada and accused of helping to plot terror strikes in the Punjab region of his home country on the border with Pakistan, federal officials said Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


Christmas is more cultural than religious for many

NEW YORK (AP) - For a significant number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Prosecutor: FedEx knew suicide linked to illegal pharmacy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - FedEx delivered packages containing illegal prescription drugs for internet pharmacies even after it noticed that authorities were cracking down on the businesses ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Razing Riviera casino will level part of Vegas’ mobster past

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Riviera Hotel and Casino - the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Symantec buying internet security firm Blue Coat

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Software security company Symantec Corp. is acquiring internet security firm Blue Coat Inc. for $4.65 billion, bolstering its mobile and cloud ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Trump says he is revoking Washington Post credentials

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Donald Trump said Monday his presidential campaign is revoking credentials provided to The Washington Post.

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Microsoft touts smaller, faster Xbox One game consoles at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Xbox One is shrinking in size and growing in power.

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Man nearly decapitated neighbor with machete

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A man called police to accuse his neighbor of stealing alcohol before he nearly decapitated him with a machete and buried his ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


USA charitable giving rate tops more than $1 billion a day

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are now donating to charities and nonprofits at a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day, according to the ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Orlando killer appears to be ‘homegrown extremist’ for Islam

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman whose attack on a gay nightclub left 49 victims dead appears to have been a "homegrown extremist" who espoused support ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Fiery Trump, sober Clinton at odds over Orlando attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump vowed Monday to impose a broad ban on immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism and suggested ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Did delay in response give shooter more time?

ORLANANDO (AP) - As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Club shooting survivor feels guilt for living

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Luis Burbano felt his bones shake when the bullets started flying early Sunday morning in the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Assault weapons easier to buy in Florida than handgun

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Military-style assault weapons like the one Omar Mateen used to blast away at an Orlando nightclub remain legal and easy to purchase ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Militants behead Canadian hostage

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine officials confirmed Tuesday that Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded a Canadian man, the second Canadian hostage to be killed in two months ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


Police couple killed outside Paris, child is rescued

PARIS (AP) - A knife-wielding attacker stabbed a senior police officer to death Monday evening outside his home in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said ...

June 13, 2016 | | Nation


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