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Debt limit overtaking shutdown as crisis focus for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN SPAGHETTI SAUCE STICKUP: MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A 53-year-old woman accused of using cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb when she robbed a bank has pleaded guilty.

October 07, 2013 | | Nation


Boston bombing victims learning to run again

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow "Boston Strong" hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Boy boards plane at Minn. airport without ticket

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


DA: Motorcyclist had key role in NYC SUV brawl

NEW YORK (AP) - A motorcyclist accused of smashing a window and catalyzing a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and an SUV driver was arraigned Sunday on gang assault and other major charges, which his lawyer said were overblown.

October 06, 2013 | | Nation


Shutdown ruins vacations, hurts towns

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you're likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations.

October 05, 2013 | | Nation


Prospect for quick end is remote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital as passers-by rushed over to help put out the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Midwest storm: Snow & tornadoes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


'Breaking Bad' fans place Walter White obituary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The government is shut down. There was a deadly chase in the nation's capital. But the reason Albuquerque Journals are selling out across town has nothing to do with all that seriousness. Fans are clamoring for copies of Friday editions with a fake obit for Walter White.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


$150,000 raised for honest homeless man

BOSTON (AP) - The honesty of a homeless man who handed a lost, cash-filled backpack over to police has inspired more than $150,000 in donations to a fund set up in his honor, the fund's organizer said Friday.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Web fuels dangerous weight-loss goal

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


Bible & beer combine for men's study group

OXFORD, Conn. (AP) - In between a sip or two of beer, a group of men delved deeper into the Bible at a bar off Route 67 last week.

October 04, 2013 | | Nation


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‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Hiker, ‘guru of trails’ missing on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE (AP) - Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Report: Apple smartwatch to come this fall

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Governor signs $108 billion budget

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Panel OKs 2 percent raise for California lawmakers, officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens' commission on Friday cited California's improving economy as it approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Californians warned of perilous peak fire season due to drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of summer Saturday and the Fourth of July coming up, Southern California officials are warning residents to prepare for what's expected to be one of the most dangerous fire seasons the state has seen in years.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Berkeley pursues gas-pump warning labels

BERKELEY (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Market pushes toward milestones

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks hiking prices on drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette rules

SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


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