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Obama digs in for a fight on Hagel, Brennan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Digging in for a fight, President Barack Obama riled Senate Republicans and some Democrats, too, on Monday by nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

January 07, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• JUMBO HUMBOLDT SQUID INVADE SOUTHERN CA WATERS: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jumbo squid have invaded the Southern California waters and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Fight obesity but keep junk food

WASHINGTON (AP) - Everyone could use a little help keeping those New Year's resolutions to slim down. But if it means the government limiting junk food, the response is an overwhelming, "No."

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Few Americans know all risks of obesity

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health?

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Medical chart may list exercise minutes

CHICAGO (AP) - Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise.

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Disease forecasters look to the sky

NEW YORK (AP) - Only a 10 percent chance of showers today, but a 70 percent chance of flu next month.

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Plan targets smoking, obesity to curb cancer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's five-year plan for fighting cancer targets smoking, poor nutrition and obesity to limit the disease that is now diagnosed in more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually while killing about 35,000.

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Man meets 400-pound weight loss goal; now helping others

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - When Neil "Bruiser" Burns, 45, posted "400lbs LOST!" on his Facebook page Dec. 8, more than 500 people "liked" his status. The post received numerous congratulations from friends and family, many of whom have been following his story from the beginning.

January 06, 2013 | | Nation


Video causes web furor over Ohio high school athletes’ rape case trial

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An online video fueling social media reaction to the case of two eastern Ohio high school football players charged with rape isn't new evidence for state investigators handling the case, the attorney general said Friday.

January 05, 2013 | | Nation


Sergeant in Saudi military accused of raping boy under 14 at Las Vegas hotel

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza.

January 05, 2013 | | Nation


Group wants man’s eye blinks barred as murder testimony

CINCINNATI (AP) - The national Innocence Project is backing a murder suspect's efforts to exclude from his trial a videotape of a dying man's eye blinks, which prosecutors say identify him as the gunman.

January 05, 2013 | | Nation


Ketchup on cheesesteak request causes ruckus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A customer's request to put ketchup on a Philly cheesesteak caused a ruckus in an Orlando Subway shop.

January 04, 2013 | | Nation


Gun shows face new scrutiny after Newtown

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Missing from the gun show here next weekend will be some of the most popular guns.

January 04, 2013 | | Nation


Pelosi defends altered photo of congresswomen

WASHINGTON (AP) - For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the swearing-in of a record number of Democratic women was a historic moment worth a photograph. And, she decided, history needed a little digital help.

January 04, 2013 | | Nation


GM pulls off one of the greatest recoveries in American business

DETROIT (AP) - When the word reached the Orion Assembly Plant, it spread along the serpentine assembly line like news of a death or natural disaster: General Motors, the biggest automaker in the world, had filed for bankruptcy protection.

January 04, 2013 | | Nation


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Sparks school shooter’s parents help fight bullies

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old Sparks boy who shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before turning the gun on himself have donated nearly $14,000 to an anti-bullying program in a partnership with the school district.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine brings tough challenge to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A successful Olympics behind him, President Vladimir Putin is facing what may become the most dramatic challenge of his rule: how to respond to the turmoil in Ukraine, a country he has declared vital for Russia's interests, which is home to millions of Russian-speakers and hosts a major Russian navy base.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Is preschooler obesity falling?

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Court seems divided in climate case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Longest-serving congressman to retire

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) - Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Polio-like illnesses called ‘rare’ occurrence

STANFORD (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after daughter’s first-date death

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who got out of her father's SUV to pose for photos with a boy after her first date was struck and killed by the vehicle, police said Monday, and her father was charged with DUI.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• PREMIUMS MAY RISE FOR 11 MILLION WORKERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Climate case looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) - The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Wood burning rule prompts backlash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to propose changes to federal wildfire funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include a proposal to change the way the federal government pays to fight wildfires, a White House official said Saturday.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Town is reconsidering its dry status

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

WASHINGTON (AP) - After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 99.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


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