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New Jersey test asks third graders to reveal a secret

TRENTON (AP) - Some New Jersey parents are steamed about a question on a statewide standardized test this week that asked some third-graders to write about a secret and why it was hard to keep.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage shift gives Obama campaign big fundraising boost

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


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PHOENIX-AREA MAN HITS $1 MILLION JACKPOT SIX TIMES: PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix man made a lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky guess in a recent multistate lottery game.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Kidnap-slaying suspect slain; 2 girls OK

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - As a SWAT team closed in, a fugitive accused of killing a Tennessee mother and daughter before disappearing for nearly two weeks with her two other children killed himself Thursday evening, allowing authorities to safely recover the kidnapped girls, police said.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Romney denies targeting classmates for being gay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for "stupid" high school pranks that may have gone too far and moved quickly to stamp out any notion that he bullied schoolmates because they were gay. His swift response reflected the Republican presidential candidate's recognition that his record on gay rights is under heightened scrutiny following President Barack Obama's embrace of gay marriage.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Young adults ignore skin-cancer warnings

ATLANTA (AP) - The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Biden apologizes to Obama over comments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shortly before President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the president for comments that led him to speed up his public pronouncement.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BACHMANN BECOMES A CITIZEN OF SWITZERLAND: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Rural post offices dodge closure bullet

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices after May 15 and proposed keeping them open, but with shorter operating hours.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama voices his support for same-sex marriage brings cheers from gay supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Romney stands by his opposition to gay marriage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Mitt Romney on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Texas inmate gives Obama a run in WVa primary

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - As he tells it, Keith Russell Judd is a Harvard-educated musician and activist whose mother was a 1920s actress and father a designer of the first atomic bomb. He is also inmate No. 11593-051 at the Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Lugar loss: Lessons for Obama, Romney

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - President Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, can take a few lessons from veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in Indiana's GOP primary.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


Support for Afghan war at new low

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.

May 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Scores arrested at ‘Blarney Blowout’

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 70 people while dispersing massive crowds, including unruly students throwing beer cans and bottles.

March 09, 2014 | | Nation


Band of Brothers’ vet Guarnere dies at 90

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90

March 09, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to preserve California federal lands

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama will expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a White House official said Saturday.

March 09, 2014 | | Nation


Guard-inmate sex scandal triggers review

NEW YORK (AP) - Jail guard Nancy Gonzalez gained notoriety by conceiving a baby behind bars with a cop killer. But her story of sexual misconduct at a federal lockup in Brooklyn doesn't end there.

March 09, 2014 | | Nation


Millennials more likely to lean Democratic

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most of America's young adults are single, don't go to church and while half say they have no loyalty to a political party, when pushed they tend to swing further left politically than those before them.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Outpouring of affection for lonely boy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - When a Michigan boy told his mother he didn't want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends to invite, she created a Facebook page to ask for well-wishes - and the response was overwhelming.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Deputy accused of illegal stops

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Bank to pay $3.2M for foreclosure

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge has issued a $3.2 million judgment against Wells Fargo & Co. for foreclosing on a man's home after his death, even though he had a purchased an insurance policy through the bank that would have paid the remaining balance on his mortgage.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Navy deal for silencers may be legit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge Friday questioned the viability of a prosecution against a man accused of conspiring to illegally build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers on a no-bid contract, ostensibly for the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Officer responding to 911 call charged with rape

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit police officer is accused of raping a woman who had called 911 to report being assaulted by her boyfriend.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Politicians punting again on Social Security reform

As I write this, the president and Congress are once again playing games with Social Security. In the ongoing negotiations over the federal budget, Social Security is being used as a political football, with each side blaming the other for lack of progress in getting near the end zone of any kind of meaningful reform of the retirement program.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Winter doesn’t chill employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


MasterCard, Visa plan group focused on data security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Visa and MasterCard want banks and retailers to work together on securing customer data and stop blaming each other after a massive data breach during the holiday season.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Man can be tried in childhood crime

CONROE, Texas (AP) - In the years that followed the 1998 attack that horribly burned her then-8-year-old son, Colleen Middleton felt fear and frustration over the possibility that the person she believed was responsible would never be taken to trial.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


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