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• WOMAN GIVES 3 ILLINOIS WAITRESSES $5,000 EACH: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.

February 03, 2014 | | Nation


US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Actor found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world's finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Steroid use much higher among gay and bi teen boys

CHICAGO (AP) - Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Film explores ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Marriage: Romance sizzles at bacon fest

ES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend's bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Religious leaders, farmers pray for water

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Religious leaders of multiple faiths and farmers in Nevada and Utah turned to prayer this weekend for help easing severe drought conditions gripping the West.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Brewer’s drone delivery of beer put on ice

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Citizenship for illegals? Obama eases insistence

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


More than legal woes for Bieber?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors,

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Teen gets probation in leaf-pile deaths

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Woman put fecal matter in husband’s IV?

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


10 Super Bowl Ads to watch out for

NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Anthem to raise some premiums up to 25 percent

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation's new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart, Amazon show changing shopping habits

NEW YORK (AP) - The financial strains and shifting shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven fortunes for retailers.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


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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


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

CHINESE CITY CREATES CELLPHONE SIDEWALK LANE: BEIJING (AP) - Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) - The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


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