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Birds sync wing beats in V formation

NEW YORK (AP) - The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legal jam for some Christie aides?

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts say.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Pot debates continue even where it's legal to grown, use marijuana

DENVER (AP) - Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Use of public assistance cards OK at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gay marriage rulings build momentum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels; tall buildings disappear in haze

BEIJING (AP) - Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOODEN BOX AT GOODWILL CONTAINED DOG ASHES: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The ashes of Onyx, a 165-pound rottweiler, were returned to her owner Wednesday, ending the mystery of a box purchased for $2.99 from a Puyallup Goodwill.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


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


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Teen dead, 20 hurt in hayride crash

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) - A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.

October 12, 2014 | | Nation


NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day.

October 12, 2014 | | Nation


Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

October 12, 2014 | | Nation


Olive Garden thru an unlimited pasta pass

The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


iPhone glass maker wants to shut factory

PHOENIX (AP) - A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones told a bankruptcy court Friday that it wants to shut down a Mesa factory that was once touted as a big job creator for Arizona.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Passenger indicted over reclined seat

BOSTON (AP) - An airline passenger who became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him, causing the pilot to divert the plane, has been indicted on a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Army War College revokes degree

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Shooter wanted revenge for teasing

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say the student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school described himself in a diary as "a psychopath with a superiority complex" and indicated he was exacting revenge for being teased in elementary school.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Police inform wrong family of death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska couple knocked on the door of their son's long-time girlfriend Thursday, intending to inform her that he'd been killed in a car accident.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman exonerated in murder after 17 years

TORRANCE (AP) - A woman who spent 17 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of a homeless man was exonerated Friday by a Los Angeles County judge who said she should not spend another minute behind bars.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher whose gun fired in bathroom charged

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah teacher who was injured by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally went off in a faculty bathroom at an elementary school has been charged with a misdemeanor and resigned from her job.

October 10, 2014 | | Nation


Inaction leaves gay couples in limbo

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Days after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear any appeals from states trying to uphold gay marriage bans, Diane Ansley and Cathy McGaughey waited for hours in a church basement for a federal judge's order that would finally allow them to exchange their vows.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


GOP, White House clash on Secret Service scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two years after a prostitution scandal rocked the Secret Service, a Republican congressman renewed allegations Thursday about possible involvement by a White House volunteer and said he smelled efforts to cover it up. White House officials adamantly denied wrongdoing and said there'd been no attempt to keep anything quiet.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon governor’s fiancee admits to sham marriage

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee admitted Thursday that she violated the law when she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


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