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Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Judge says he broke ethics code

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama’s uncle allowed to stay in U.S.

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Worker presumed dead after silo collapse

ROY, Wash. (AP) - A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Asian nations dominate international test

WASHINGTON (AP) - American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Gay weddings become reality in Hawaii with new law

HONOLULU (AP) - Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


NYC train was going too fast at curve

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sister: Deadly shooting was over Alabama loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis involving kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Google’s 2Q revenue & expenses up

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx charged with assisting illegal online pharmacies; may lose $820M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook testing ‘Buy’ button

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Stateline, Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


New Apple board director

CUPERTINO (AP) - One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft plans 18,000 job cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


FAA investigates drone wedding video

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.

July 16, 2014 | | Nation


Store workers fix vet’s wheelchair

NEW YORK (AP) - What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his broken wheelchair.

July 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged with hugging child to death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than a year after he hugged a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 | | Nation


Demos oppose quick return of illegal kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Barack Obama's call for $3.7 billion in emergency border spending to deal with the remarkable surge of unaccompanied youths at the South Texas border.

July 16, 2014 | | Nation


Signatures submitted to split California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents' needs.

July 15, 2014 | | Nation


Rock dropped on car critically injures woman

MIFFLINBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Ohio teacher who was badly injured when some teenagers deliberately dropped a rock from a central Pennsylvania highway overpass onto her family's car was hospitalized in critical condition on Tuesday, police and her family said.

July 15, 2014 | | Nation


Ban sought of oil in older tank cars

SEATTLE (AP) - Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

July 15, 2014 | | Nation


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