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TENN. NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING LEAVES 1 DEAD, 19 INJURED: JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Police in West Tennessee say one man was killed and 19 other people were injured early Sunday when gunmen opened fire in a nightclub.

February 26, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Mayoral candidate says rival sent topless dancer to his office as a dirty political trick

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Scandals and dirty politics have long defined this dusty border town. So when a woman started dancing topless in mayoral candidate Gerardo Hernandez's office, he says it crossed his mind it could be a setup.

February 25, 2012 | | Nation


Oklahoma congressman apologizes for gun comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma congressman apologized on Friday for suggesting that "killing a couple" of U.S. senators may be the only way to get a budget passed through Congress.

February 25, 2012 | | Nation




Romney would raise eligibility age for Medicare

DETROIT (AP) - Four days before critical primary elections, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney outlined a far-reaching plan Friday to gradually delay Americans' eligibility for Medicare as well as Social Security.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


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HOT TUB INSTALLATION ON CAMPUS ROOF A MYSTERY: ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Officials are puzzled over a mysterious hot tub that was installed - and then removed - from the roof of a building on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Shooter in spa killing of four acquitted in 1989 triple homicide in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man authorities say slew his two sisters and their husbands before killing himself at a suburban Atlanta spa appears to be the same person acquitted of killing three men in 1989 in Louisiana.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Democrat lawmaker in Florida resigns over sexy texts to married woman prosecutor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker resigned Friday over suggestive and harassing text messages he sent to a married federal prosecutor using a hidden identity.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Teen said 'bin Laden' in plane disruption

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - A 19-year-old from Saudi Arabia pleaded not guilty in Oregon on Friday to interfering with a plane crew.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Small businesses find ways to cope with soaring gasoline prices

NEW YORK (AP) - As any driver knows, rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt - or even wipe out - profits.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Oil stays above $106 despite supply jump

NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices rose to nine-month highs above $106 a barrel Thursday, driven by market confidence in Germany and continued concerns about tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Pa. man busted on drug warrant after casino win

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of dealing drugs had his luck run out when he won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


‘Jeopardy!’ headed to Washington for week of shows

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jeopardy!" is invading the Beltway to put to the test some of Washington's most influential figures.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


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'IDOL' UNVEILS TOP 24 WITH A TWIST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's good news for 25 - not just 24 - singers on "American Idol."

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


13 deaths tied to bath refinishing chemical

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Thursday about using a common paint-stripping chemical to refinish bathtubs after tying it to 13 deaths in 10 states.

February 23, 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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