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Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COUPLE ACCIDENTALLY GETS BAG OF CASH AT DRIVE-THRU

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Luxury stores add more amenities in tougher market

NEW YORK (AP) - Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Tesla update halts automatic steering

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on ...

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Chicago hiring 970 more cops

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Girl, 15, pepper sprayed, charged after bike crash

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Charlotte under state of emergency for 2nd night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Missouri man accused of sexually attacking, killing teen daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his high school honors student daughter and leaving her body in a ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


‘Potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Comcast plans to launch wireless service next year

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Senators heap bipartisan criticism on Wells Fargo CEO, who apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Wells Fargo faced calls for his resignation Tuesday from harshly critical senators over allegations that bank employees opened millions of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Mylan CEO defends high EpiPen prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and is signaling the company has no plans to lower ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


FedEx beats Street forecasts with 1Q profit of $715 million

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx is raising prices, boosting earnings and making plans for handling the crush of holiday packages.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton struggles with traditional playbook

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - For months, Democrats argued that voters would get "serious" about the campaign once it reached the fall and would reject ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Judge says inmate’s decades in solitary to end

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered prison officials to end a convicted murderer's stay in solitary confinement after 36 years, saying ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


School cafeteria worker quits in ‘lunch shaming’

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy in a Pennsylvania school district.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Trump skips swing-state cities; opts for rural town

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


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