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Advocates rally around assisted suicide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No one may ever know Barbara Mancini's intentions when she allegedly handed her dying 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine at his central Pennsylvania home.

August 19, 2013 | keith roacha | Nation


Helping dogs improve doorbell ring manners

DEAR DIDI: My dog is very well behaved at all times, except when the doorbell rings or someone knocks on the door. He acts insane when that happens. He is a Shih Tzu/Poodle cross and 3 years old. What would you suggest to help? Mickey's Mom

August 19, 2013 | Didi Mcelroy | Nation


Higher speed limits sacrificing safety?

CHICAGO (AP) - Bombarded with ads and warnings, motorists are well aware of the dangers of drunken driving and texting behind the wheel. A more basic message about the hazards of high speeds, meanwhile, is getting lost as more states raise speed limits, safety advocates say.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


NJ governor: Ease access to kids' medical pot

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana, but he was unwilling to go as far as state lawmakers wanted.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

STUDENTS BUNK AT WATER PARK AMID HOUSING SQUEEZE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio university short on housing says some students will start the school year in temporary, off-campus living quarters with an unusual perk: free access to water slides.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


NY mayor: Fingerprint tenants

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City public housing tenants should be fingerprinted as a way of keeping criminals out of their buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday, adding that the buildings often had broken locks that allowed trespassers in.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


3-day marijuana festival & rally at Seattle park

SEATTLE (AP) - Thousands streamed into a Seattle waterfront park Friday for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival - an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Two Russian cosmonauts turn cable

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In a record-long spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts rigged cable outside the International Space Station on Friday for a new lab that's due to arrive in a few months.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Grizzly attacks injure 4 in and near Yellowstone

Grizzly attacks injure 4 in and near Yellowstone

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


He stole $840,000 a quarter at a time

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - From the moment parking meter mechanic James Bagarozzo began his scheme to steal from the machines, his life became overrun with quarters. He stashed them in his pockets, in a sack in his truck, in closets at his house.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CAMPBELL SOUP SUED OVER HEART-HEALTHY LABEL: NEW YORK (AP) - A new lawsuit is contesting the validity of the heart-healthy claims on some cans of Campbell's soups.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


EPA may have tried to skirt disclosure law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency's use of personal email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


US scraps military drills with Egypt

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Groups offered $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


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Nitrogen gas death penalty bills advances

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma could become the first state to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a proposal to reinstate a method of execution that hasn't been used in the U.S. in decades but which supporters say would be painless and foolproof.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Babies R Us, sued in sisters’ dresser deaths

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A dresser that fell on two toddler sisters, killing them, had been sold without a strap designed to keep it from tipping over, according to a lawsuit filed against the retailer that sold it and the company that manufactured it.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer takes on DUI checkpoints

MIAMI (AP) - Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


IRS goes after widow over cash deposit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Officer indicted in killing of unarmed man in NYC stairwell

NEW YORK (AP) - A rookie police officer who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing a man who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC announced Tuesday that it is suspending Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Doubting Mormon ousted over website

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Debate brews over Williams’ future

NEW YORK (AP) - A vigorous debate over Brian Williams' future is brewing as "NBC Nightly News" aired Monday without the decade-long anchor.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Dad says teen could have been subdued

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A mentally ill teenager killed by police in an East Texas police station last month had gone there believing authorities would hospitalize her and was shot after officers had several opportunities to subdue her, the teen's parents said Monday.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


11-year-old charged with murder

CLEVELAND (AP) - An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Teen guilty in sledgehammer deaths

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the sledgehammer slayings of an Ohio couple and could face life in prison without parole.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Are Missouri town jails ‘debtors prisons’?

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal lawsuits allege that jails in the St. Louis County towns of Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors' prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Pharrell, Beyonce Rosanne Cash collect three Grammys awards each

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pharrell won four Grammys last year, and in the first hour of the awards show Sunday, he already earned three honors.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


A mix of traditional and audacious

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammys newcomer Sam Smith looked dapper in a white bow tie and Madonna rocked one of the season's most eclectic red carpets Sunday in a bedazzled two-corner black hat and burlesque-esque corset with matching thigh-high boots.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


Teen arrested in mall shooting

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A teenager who police say opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area mall, shooting his intended target as well as a couple, was arrested early Sunday after police used surveillance footage and an Instagram photo to link the suspect to the shooting.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


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