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Romney: Obama 'in part' to blame for gas prices soaring at pump during past month

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Seeking to tap into the public's concern over rising gas costs, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama was "in part" to blame for higher prices at the pump.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Senate blocks effort to speed pipeline from Canada under White House pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the White House, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday blocked a Republican bid to speed approval of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Kids found living in abandoned school bus

SPLENDORA, Texas (AP) - The abandoned school bus had no engine and no front wheels. But there were crude curtains in the windows, an air conditioner and even bunk beds inside.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


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POLICE SAY DRIVER GETS 3 SPEEDING TICKETS IN HOUR: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date on a meth possession charge that he racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Answers sought in death of teen in Fla. suburb

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Florida teen who was fatally shot after an encounter with a neighborhood watch leader on Thursday asked the police department investigating the death to release 911 tapes that may help explain how the young man died.

March 08, 2012 | | Nation


Marine's Facebook page tests military rules

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Marine Sgt. Gary Stein first started a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots to encourage service members to exercise their free speech rights. Then he declared that he wouldn't follow orders from the commander in chief, President Barack Obama.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Police: daughter kept dad's body in ice chest to continue collecting Social Security checks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana woman apparently kept her father's severed body in an ice chest at her apartment for at least two years as she collected his Social Security check, police said.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum: Mississippi could make it a 2-man race for Republican nomination

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Urging conservatives not to yield, Republican Rick Santorum told supporters Wednesday that they could make the GOP presidential contest a two-man race if they deliver him a victory next week and offer an embarrassing loss to rival Newt Gingrich in the South.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


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DEPUTY, 2 OTHERS SHOT OUTSIDE OKLA. COURTHOUSE: TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A sheriff's deputy, a suspected gunman and a bystander were wounded Wednesday afternoon during an exchange of gunfire outside a Tulsa courthouse, sending people scattering from a crowded plaza as an employee at a nearby library used his camera to chronicle the events.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Nurse aide posted Facebook photos of patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon nursing assistant spent eight days in jail after a jury found her guilty of taking disturbing photos of elderly or disabled patients and posting them to her Facebook wall.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


Biker discrimination bill faces long odds

DENVER (AP) - Biker clubs say they're unfairly thrown out of hotels, restaurants and stores because of how they dress.

March 07, 2012 | | Nation


New iPad expected to have modest upgrades

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is expected to reveal a new iPad model on Wednesday, with a sharper screen and perhaps an option for faster wireless broadband. The upgrades are relatively minor, but the iPad is secure in its position as the king of tablets.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Time has come to wind down Afghan war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid fresh concerns over the safety of American forces, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the accidental burning of Qurans in Afghanistan and the retaliatory killings of U.S. troops gave new credence to the need to end the war.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum, Romney dueling in Ohio, split other states; Gingrich wins Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney split six states and dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


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NEW ROUTE FOR PIPELINE: HOUSTON (AP) - A Canadian company that wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline through the U.S. heartland to the Texas Gulf Coast will be ready within weeks to submit plans for a new route that avoids the environmentally sensitive Nebraska Sandhills region, a TransCanada executive said Tuesday.

March 06, 2012 | | Nation


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Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Retailers dive deeper into vaccines

ATLANTA (AP) - Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Price support snuffed out for tobacco growers

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


School bus driver killed during safety drill

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

CHICAGO (AP) - The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man fed up with barking fatally shot his neighbors' dog in front of them. But the corgi apparently wasn't the one barking, authorities said.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting victim’s parents sue ammo seller

DENVER (AP) - The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Smoking rates on rise in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


EPA wants to expand water control

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inspector blasts asteroid protection

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family praying for girl in range accident

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

DENVER (AP) - Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


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