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Billionaire hides $25M from IRS; gets praised by judge for donations

CHICAGO (AP) - The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won't go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years' probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


South Dakota business aims to combine bullets and beer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Bullets and beer long have been part of the lore in Deadwood, the western South Dakota gambling town where Wild Bill Hickok met his demise during an 1876 poker game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Texas school district closed amid water dispute, $58K overdue bill

LA VILLA, Texas (AP) - Schools are closed in a one-stoplight South Texas town after the city shut off their water amid a dispute over the bill.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Judge gives Chicago 6 months to OK gun sales law

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hotline fields 17 calls on Utah fertility clinic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The suspect is dead, the fertility clinic where he reportedly replaced a customer's sperm with his own no longer operates, and the clinic left behind no records that might show the extent of the scandal, the University of Utah said Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MAN FINED AFTER PACKERS-BEARS STUN GUN BET: JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video of pot plants leads to arrest

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Funeral held for teen who had aging disorder

SHARON, Mass. (AP) - Hundreds of people, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, attended the funeral Tuesday of a Massachusetts teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vigil follows New Mexico school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Pregnant, brain-dead woman's husband sues

DALLAS (AP) - The fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus likely will be decided in a courtroom after the woman's husband sued the hospital keeping her on life support against his wishes.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


Google buying Nest Labs for $3.2B

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

VERMONT SETTLES WITH MAKER OF MISLABELED VERMINTS: BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont reached a settlement with VerMints, a company that mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex- cop accused in fatal shooting over texting

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) - An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Did felon switch sperm at clinic?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


Judge OKs pact ending desegregation payments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.

January 13, 2014 | | Nation


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Kids accidentally drink bleach mix

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than two dozen children and two adults accidentally drank a mixture of bleach and water at a day care center Thursday and were briefly hospitalized.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


3 babies’ bodies found in filthy house

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged a woman in connection with the living conditions at the Massachusetts home where the bodies of three infants were found.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

BOSTON (AP) - In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Man arrested after posting lyrics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


‘Extreme’ solar storm heading toward Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists say ozone layer recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


School drops ‘Arabs’ for ‘Mighty Arabs’

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and has adopted a logo with a nobler image, school officials announced Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors burdened with student debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Did sheriff allow inmates furloughs?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Gadsden County sheriff was accused Tuesday of allowing inmates - including violent felons - out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


5 children found dead in Alabama

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A man is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and then driving all the way to Alabama before dumping their bodies on a dirt road and fleeing to Mississippi, authorities said. Following his arrest, he led police to the site where the lifeless children were found wrapped in individual plastic bags.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-nurse guilty of assisting suicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Missouri prepares for 8th execution of 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate, hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


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