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Toothless bank robber says she needed dentures

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


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ALASKA VOLCANO LAVA DOME FORMS, ALERT LEVEL RAISED: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The warning level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised after a new lava dome began forming, indicating the mountain could explode and send up an ash cloud that could threaten aircraft.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


US confirms possible release of Taliban from Gitmo in bid to jump start peace talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


Many resist census race labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the 2010 census asked people to classify themselves by race, more than 21.7 million - at least 1 in 14 - went beyond the standard labels and wrote in such terms as "Arab," ''Haitian," ''Mexican" and "multiracial."

January 31, 2012 | | Nation




Romney routs Gingrich in Florida thanks to gender gap

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


World Trade Center design flaw could cost millions on added costs

NEW YORK (AP) - The agency building the new World Trade Center says a design flaw could add millions of dollars to the cost of the complex's signature tower.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


Alaska rep urges federal takeover of Central Park

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - When Alaska state Rep. Kyle Johansen penned a resolution to urge the federal government to take over New York's Central Park, he may not have expected a hearing on the issue let alone a mention in The New York Times.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Water trucked to nearly bone-dry Texas town

SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) - Under dark clouds and rain, two tanker trucks for the first time delivered thousands of gallons of water Monday to a Texas town that came precariously close to becoming the state's first community to run out of water during a historic drought.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Many federal workers out-earn private sector labor plus more generous pensions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average federal worker earns about 2 percent more than a private sector worker in a comparable profession, though the government's generous pension system means that overall compensation is significantly higher, a government study released Monday said.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


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DETROIT HIT MAN SAYS KID IS INNOCENT: IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit hit man in prison for eight murders said he's willing to publicly take responsibility for four more to help clear a young man who claims he's innocent of the slayings and confessed at age 14 only to satisfy police.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dentist who used paper clips gets year in jail

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A former Massachusetts dentist was sentenced to one year in jail Monday for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


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CONGRESS TRIES TO POLICE ITSELF ON INSIDER TRADING: WASHINGTON (AP) - Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading and requiring that they disclose stock transactions within 30 days.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


Time short for Gingrich to close gap in Florida as Romney surges ahead in latest voter polls

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


Nearly 100,000 gather for St. Louise parade honoring 600 veterans to mark Iraq War’s end

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Gene tied to major breast cancer risk

ATLANTA (AP) - It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues employer over medical pot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico physician's assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state's largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Anchorwoman charged in shoplifting scheme resigns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Emmy award-winning television news anchor has resigned from a Sacramento station over allegations that she conspired with her fiance to shoplift $2,500 worth of Coach wallets from a mall.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Boy dies after stabbing by 12-year-old

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Pair kept child in outdoor cage

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man and a woman face felony charges on allegations that they kept the woman's 7-year-old in an outdoor cage on and off for three weeks, forcing the child to sleep in the enclosure even during rainstorms.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Landslide hits Utah neighborhood

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) - A landslide struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community on Tuesday, destroying a home and forcing evacuations as a rain-soaked hillside tumbled from above.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Man killed in argument over military

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who is charged in the throat-slashing death of another man told police they were arguing over which branch of the United States military was better, the Army or the Marines, Yellowstone County prosecutors said.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Double-decker buses crash in Times Square; fourteen injured

NEW YORK (AP) - A crash between two double-decker tour buses injured 14 people and left Times Square blood-spattered on Tuesday afternoon.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BALTIMORE OFFICER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING PUPPY: BALTIMORE (AP) - The lawyer for a Baltimore police officer charged with beating and choking his girlfriend's puppy and texting her a photo of the dog's body says his client will plead guilty in the case.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Money for fighting fires to run out

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


More than 100 officers search for 6-year-old

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her home near Bremerton over the weekend, the Kitsap County sheriff's office said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Teens indicted in killings of homeless

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers were indicted Tuesday for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


5-year-old shoots, injures 3-year-old

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Police say that a 5-year-old playing with a gun shot and injured a 3-year-old girl in Colorado.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Trial begins in crash that killed 6

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Lawyers defending a Nevada trucking firm being sued for negligence in a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train told jurors Tuesday that Union Pacific Railroad officials manipulated or destroyed evidence that would have proved a malfunctioning crossing gate and signal lights were responsible for the deaths of the truck driver and five people on board the California Zephyr.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


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