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MLK tributes, rallies around nation

ATLANTA (AP) - Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We've come a long way, but there's still much to be done to fulfill King's dream.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Boy’s circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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Burning Man challenging Nevada tax

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture celebration are challenging the enforcement of a Nevada state tax that they say could cost them ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Banned live school Nativity goes on with mannequins

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Concord High School in northern Indiana used mannequins instead of student actors after a federal judge banned a live Nativity scene that ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Who’s too old for major treatment?

CHICAGO (AP) - Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Athletics finalize deals with relievers

OAKLAND (AP) - Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Pitcher Samardzija ready to help SF win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija walks around San Francisco and gets his share of hellos, then those friendly strangers go right on their way without ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


MEDICAL COPTER CRASH

MCFARLAND (AP) - A medical helicopter carrying a patient to a hospital crashed amid heavy rain and fog in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, killing ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Obama, Congress avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Avoiding the high drama of recent year-end budget fights, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday keeping government agencies open into next week, giving ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


FBI continues probe of California lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Specialized divers with the FBI searched a San Bernardino lake for a second day Friday, looking for a computer hard drive and ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACLU leader out after Trump Facebook post

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union resigned on Friday after posting on Facebook that ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACA co-op losing millions

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges is now losing ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Chipotle CEO ‘deeply sorry’ about customers who fell sick

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells says he is "deeply sorry" about the customers who were sickened after eating at the chain ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart launching own mobile pay system

NEW YORK (AP) - The mobile payment wars are heating up.

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Drones smuggle contraband into N. Korea

NEW YORK (AP) - Activists who are determined to give North Koreans a glimpse of the outside world have started using drones to smuggle banned information ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s executive actions may open door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) - While the White House has condemned Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as "disqualifying" and "toxic," President Barack Obama ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Criminal charges dropped for Nevada driver who killed 2 kids

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The case against a 66-year-old Nevada man accused of driving despite feeling a seizure before a crash that killed two young children ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


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