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NEW STUNNING NIGHTTIME VIEWS OF EARTH UNVEILED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twinkling city lights, raging wildfires and colorful auroras are lit up in new dazzling nighttime views of the Earth.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Houston-area town's mayor for 63 years dead at 92

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) - Hilmar Moore, who has been mayor of the Southeast Texas town of Richmond since 1949, has died at age 92.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Celebrations planned as Washington legalizes marijuana possession today

SEATTLE (AP) - Legal marijuana possession becomes a reality under Washington state law on today, and some people planned to celebrate the new law by breaking it.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Below surface, moon reveals a "shattered" history

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The moon took quite a beating in its early days, more than previously believed, scientists reported Wednesday.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

Chicago-area restaurant gives away 10,000 Twinkies

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


Amazon launches Kindle content for kids

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is launching a subscription service for children's games, videos and books aimed at getting more kids to use its Kindle Fire tablet devices.

December 05, 2012 | | Nation


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SUSPECT BEING QUESTIONED IN DEADLY NYC SUBWAY PUSH : NEW YORK (AP) - Police questioned a suspect Tuesday in the death of a New Yorker who was pushed onto the tracks and photographed just before a train hit him - an image that drew virulent criticism after it appeared on the front page of the New York Post.

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


Infighting in GOP as party leaders remove 4 from House budget, defense committees

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government lifting their threatened species status.

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


Side Briefs

Mo. firm: Meth can't be made from its decongestant

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


Dog theft case ripples through NM town

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) - The cases were often heartbreaking: Families coming home to find their dogs had vanished from inside houses, behind locked fences and outdoor kennels in rural communities east of Albuquerque.

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


New inflation gauge would cut benefits, hike taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social Security benefits while increasing taxes, mainly on low- and middle-income families.

December 04, 2012 | | Nation


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FEDS: DINOSAUR SKULL SEIZED FROM WYOMING HOME : CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia, indicating that efforts to stem the illegal trade are making progress, an attorney said Monday.

December 03, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio town helps post office keep Rudolph postmark

RUDOLPH, Ohio (AP) - The most famous postmark of all has been saved, thanks to volunteers in the northwest Ohio village of Rudolph.

December 03, 2012 | | Nation


Judge removed in Fort Hood rampage case

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.

December 03, 2012 | | Nation


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Samsung adds mobile pay in new phone

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Ukraine’s new US-born finance chief enduring baptism by fire

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


China’s manufacturing measure shows contraction for February

BEIJING (AP) - An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China's economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Astronauts finish extensive cable job at International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Record chill hit Northeast in February

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - February 2015 was one for the record books in the Northeast - the coldest month ever for four cities in New York and the snowiest ever for Boston.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Young girl’s story may lead to Idaho to approve marijuana oil

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


B-day party for couple married for 82 years

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) - A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays - and their combined ages will be 212.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

DALLAS (AP) - A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ tops box office

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Kerry asks for benefit of doubt on Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration's diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to "the benefit of the doubt" as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal.

March 01, 2015 | | Nation


Google reverses porn policy after backlash

NEW YORK (AP) - Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Charge for teen who encouraged pal to die

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts high school honor roll student accused of encouraging a friend to commit suicide has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Nimoy: He lived long & prospered

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" - an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teen accused of knocking bus driver unconscious

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One Louisiana teen has been charged with assault and another with saving the day: The first knocked a school bus driver unconscious and the second prevented the bus from crashing.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


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