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BELGIUM'S CHOCOLATE STAMPS OFFER LICK WITH A KICK: BRUSSELS (AP) - Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


High court gay marriage tickets cost money

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Woman gets prison time in 'total ID theft'

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - For almost 12 years, a Houston elementary school teacher and an illegal immigrant living in Topeka have engaged in a tug of war to claim the identity of Candida L. Gutierrez in a case that has put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the United States.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nearly $3.7M spent on ex-presidents in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being the leader of the free world is an expensive proposition. And the costs don't stop once you leave the White House.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Spring snow closes schools, cancels flights

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) - Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


$338M Powerball winner says he'll help family

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - The winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot told several media outlets Monday that his first priority will be helping his family.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Rallies held to protest ND anti-abortion move

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 300 abortion-rights activists carried signs and chanted, "Veto! Veto! Veto!" in a demonstration Monday at the state Capitol protesting a package of measures that would give the state the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$5.6 MILLION BUDGET GAP FOR SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Schools could be shuttered and positions could be eliminated as the Sacramento City Unified School District seeks to close a $5.6 million budget gap next school year.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

NEW YORK (AP) - He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the "first Latino pope," a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there's a catch: Pope Francis' parents were born in Italy.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gun debate heating up as critical Senate vote on gun control nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes ‘Let’s make a deal’ as alternative plans pop up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea training teams of ‘cyber warriors’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Winning $338M Powerball ticket sold in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Federal defenders face deep cuts, case delays

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal justice system.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign is still unconscious

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As airport officials tried to figure out how a 300-pound arrival-departure panel fell off the wall and onto a family, the mother of a boy who was killed by the sign lay in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of what happened.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Feds oppose attorneys for kids

SEATTLE (AP) - Moving forward on a lawsuit demanding legal representation for immigrant minors facing deportation could create a "magnet" effect at the border, attorneys for the federal government said.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Vendor in dispute over catering

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The head of a food services company said officials at Alabama State University threatened to cancel the company's contract after it wouldn't commit to providing thousands of dollars in free catering for the new president's inaugural.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Boy smuggled into US held captive

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Phoenix rescued a 13-year-old Honduran boy last week who was held captive by suspected smugglers after he crossed into Arizona illegally as an unaccompanied minor.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


US to investigate Ferguson police

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging investigation into the practices of the Ferguson Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday night.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Driver charged in child’s death arrested again

NEW YORK (AP) - An unlicensed driver accused of killing a 4-year-old while fleeing police last year has again been charged with a crime behind the wheel - this time injuring a police officer while bolting from a weekend traffic stop, authorities said.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical blast at museum

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry Wednesday at a Reno museum, leading to a chemical explosion that injured 13 people, most of them children, authorities said.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

LAWSUIT SETTLED IN BOY'S DEATH AT ALABAMA AIRPORT: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A settlement over the death of a boy who was hit by a falling flight information sign inside Birmingham's airport was approved Wednesday, and the family said they had forgiven the contractors involved.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Man once declared dead goes on trial for murder

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The lawyer for a Mississippi man who was declared dead two decades ago, only to resurface as a murder suspect, does not deny that her client killed his girlfriend and her daughter, but she said Wednesday that he's being tried in the wrong court.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Homeless man fatally stabs bicyclist, age 28

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A graphic designer on a biking trip from Maryland to Miami was stabbed to death by a homeless man outside a Florida McDonald's while he spoke on the phone with his girlfriend, authorities said.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

STARBUCKS SORRY FOR NOT SERVING WOMAN WITH DOG: ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Starbucks has apologized to a 24-year-old woman who said she wasn't allowed in a Rochester-area store because she had a service dog.

September 03, 2014 | | Nation


Family of girl with Uzi is devastated

PHOENIX (AP) - An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Double mastectomy may not work

CHICAGO (AP) - Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are choosing.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Worker put on leave over medical pot

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - A Princeton University employee and marijuana legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is on paid leave as the university works to figure out accommodations for his disability.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


30 teens escape from detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


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