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After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


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INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Retailer drops girls' math shirt after complaints

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Children's Place has stopped selling a T-shirt that sparked complaints of sexism.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Maine candidate in swimsuit video defends self

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A candidate for Maine Senate who's getting heat for appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an online video says his acting background is the kind of experience Mainers should want from their lawmakers.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Research disputes links between combat, suicide

CHICAGO (AP) - Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war's effects on the psyche.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Rising tax revenue eases pressure for cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


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Online school swatting threats increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona, the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton wins Iowa, race turns to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii prosecutor to fantasy sports sites: Stop taking bets

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro is demanding that the heads of two major fantasy sports sites stop taking bets from Honolulu residents.

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers, CEO tries to save her own job

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


CRUZ TOPS TRUMP IN IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


In one Iowa town, democracy plays out in its own unique way

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - In this Iowa town, at precisely 7 p.m., Ward 2 Democratic precinct chairwoman Kathy Johnson kicked things off on an upbeat ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


‘Love Story’ actors 45 years later

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man accused of ‘looking to kill a cop’ charged with murder

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" was charged Monday in the January ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man shot and killed by police after his fatal stabbing of K-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man fatally stabbed a police dog while brawling with officers at a busway in the Pittsburgh suburbs before police opened fire and ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Former judge pleads guilty to having defendant shocked in court

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Maryland judge pleaded guilty Monday to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Fantasy sports losing major payment processor

NEW YORK (AP) - An Ohio company that processes payments for daily fantasy sports sites says it will no longer handle their payments and will pull ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Fight leaves Illinois stuck with overdue bills

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Friday afternoon email read with remarkable alacrity, given its message: The trip to a Springfield store to buy all-purpose Fabuloso Cleaner ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Sanders agree to add NH debate

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary and three more in ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Donald Trump faces his Iowa test

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - For Donald Trump, Iowa is more than just a race for delegates. It's a test of whether the celebrity businessman and ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


America in flux as 2016 voting begins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


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