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Drought worsens after weeks of improvement

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


Economy makes for tougher journeys

CHICAGO (AP) - Millions of Americans piled their families into cars, hopped on buses and waited out delays at airports Wednesday as they set off on Thanksgiving treks that many said required financial sacrifice, help from relatives to come up with airfare and hours searching online for deals.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


Drivers pay more for gas, but still give thanks

NEW YORK (AP) - Many drivers are giving more at the pump than a year ago but they still have reason to be thankful. Prices in many parts of the country have fallen recently, and AAA says gas prices could end the year lower than where they started.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


US, Mexico sign rules on sharing Colorado River

CORONADO (AP) - The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought and reap the benefits of wet years.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Boy charged in fatal shooting on Florida bus

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida teen was charged with fatally shooting a girl in front of her younger sister and several other students while riding the bus to school Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade police said.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Hostess says talks to stave off shutdown fail

NEW YORK (AP) - Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Rubble cleanup a massive task in NY, NJ

NEW YORK (AP) - Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City's Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is home to a mountain of misery from Superstorm Sandy - a growing pile of garbage containing everything from mangled appliances, splintered plywood and sodden drywall to shreds of clothing and family photos.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Israel, Hamas trade fire, tough truce proposals

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers traded fire and tough cease-fire proposals Monday, and threatened to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy fails. No deal appeared near.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MASS. TRANSGENDER INMATE SEEKING ELECTROLYSIS: BOSTON (AP) - A transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery has no medical need for further electrolysis treatments, a prisons department psychiatrist testified Monday.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Officer pleads not guilty in cannibalism case

NEW YORK (AP) - A city police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses authorities say he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Bay Area nurses set to strike early today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union officials say thousands of San Francisco Bay area nurses are set to walk off the job early today in what will be the second strike this month by nurses represented by the California Nurses Association.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Appeals court attorney fired over tweet

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas appeals court attorney was fired Monday after using foul language about the state's former attorney general in comments she posted to Twitter last week.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Home explosion now homicide investigation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed two people and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Construction begins on Cold War memorial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday in southern Nevada for a $100,000 monument recognizing American military members who served during the Cold War against the former Soviet Union.

November 18, 2012 | | Nation


What happens if Twinkies really do go away?

Let's not panic. We all know that Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder bread and the rest of Hostess Brands' oddly everlasting foods aren't going away any time soon, even if the food culture that created them is gasping its last.

November 16, 2012 | | Nation


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Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier design gets approval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge is closer to having a long-debated, $76 million suicide barrier installed to stop dozens of people each year from jumping to their deaths from the San Francisco icon.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Man told to pay $1.5M for card fraud

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery - stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

MIAMI (AP) - Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a generational divide.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Christie wants cop killer returned

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Rally against police shuts down part of mall

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest against police brutality that caused part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shopping.

December 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

BERNE, N.Y. (AP) - A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Traffic deaths fell 3% in 2013

DETROIT (AP) - Driving is getting safer.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama : Sony ‘made a mistake’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


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