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Woman sentenced for spiking Utah man's smoothie with anti-freeze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman was sentenced Tuesday to consecutive prison terms for spiking a 79-year-old man's peach smoothie with antifreeze after taking control of his bank accounts.

February 14, 2012 | | Nation


Agent: Informant in militia case got about $31K for helping govenrment

DETROIT (AP) - An undercover informant was paid about $31,000 in cash for his critical role in an investigation that led to charges against members of a militia accused of plotting rebellion against the U.S. government, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.

February 14, 2012 | | Nation


FCC urged to end sports blackout rule for NFL football contests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people weighing in on a sports blackout rule are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap it.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Washington governor signs gay marriage bill into law making it seventh state to do so

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Actions before Columbine hammer attack by 14-year old girl investigated by police

DENVER (AP) - Authorities were investigating a 14-year-old girl's actions before they say she attacked two students with a hammer at Columbine High School in the first assault with a weapon since the deadly shootings there in 1999.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CALIF. BORDER AGENTS FIND POT ENCASED IN CONCRETE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Border Patrol officers found nearly 400 pounds of marijuana encased in concrete on the back of a truck at a San Diego-area crossing.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


White House attacks contraception bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday legislation in the Senate that would give employers broad leeway to restrict coverage for contraception is "dangerous and wrong."

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover: Kate Upton, 19

NEW YORK (AP) - She's a Florida girl who's comfortable in a bikini, and now 19-year-old model Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Panetta defends military budget plan that is slimmed down to $614 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending his department's slimmed-down, $614 billion budget plan, telling senators that it is time to step up and show they are serious about reducing the deficit.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


US government seeks to mine social media to predict future terrorist attacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


National news briefs

TRIAL OPENS 2 YEARS AFTER FEDS BREAK UP MILITIA: DETROIT (AP) - Seven members of a Midwest militia accused of plotting to overthrow the government are set to stand trial, where jurors will decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown extremists or simply made too much of the boasts by weekend warriors who had pledged to "take our nation back."

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Petition signers not giving up UND nickname fight

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - More than two months after the University of North Dakota officially dropped its divisive nickname, the public address announcer at a women's basketball game welcomed it back with a familiar roar: "Here come your Fighting Sioux!"

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Santorum plans aggressive strategy against Romney calling front-runner ‘desperate’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A day after Mitt Romney regained some momentum in the Republican presidential contest, his rival Rick Santorum went on the attack, calling the front-runner "desperate" while promising to compete aggressively to win the state where Romney grew up.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


The fight begins: Obama's budget going to Congress with higher taxes on wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama's proposal Monday requests increases in transportation, education and other areas.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


Under fire, Obama adjusts his birth control policy amid heavy backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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45 dogs dead, 48 alive after fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs - more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city - killed 45 of them and injured one man.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers shut down 2 suburban Denver high schools

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter sues over pregnancy -related sick days

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut firefighter says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was unfairly disciplined by a city fire department and forced to take unpaid leave because she was pregnant.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WITNESSES: SKYDIVERS WHO DIED DESCENDED TOO FAST: BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - The two skydivers killed after they crashed into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod appeared to be having problems as they descended, police said.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) - When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Macy’s joins in big holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) - Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Volcano in Japan kills 31 people

TOKYO (AP) - Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI (AP) - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teens

CHICAGO (AP) - Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jury convicts NM sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted Friday of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas sidewalk-chalk arrests spawn suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The arrests of several protesters for writing anti-police messages with chalk on a sidewalk last year have spawned a federal civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Woman beheaded at workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Once declared dead, now convicted in murder case

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Mississippi man who was once declared dead, only to resurface as a suspect in a kidnapping and killing, was sentenced to death Friday after a jury earlier convicted him of murder.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


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