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Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self

CHICAGO (AP) - A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla posts loss, prepares factory site

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado tightening edible pot rules following death

DENVER (AP) - Alarmed by booming sales of highly potent edible marijuana products, Colorado regulators have drafted an emergency rule making it easier for new users to tell how much pot they're eating.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing kids

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP scrambles for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Drone with contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold top culprit

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a ship tied to two critical points in American history: Sept. 11, 2001, and the eve of the Revolutionary War.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police arrest mom, say son, 7, went to park alone

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman who let her 7-year-old son walk alone to a park has been charged with felony child neglect.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Man tried to smother ill dad who later died

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Florida man is accused of trying to suffocate his terminally ill father by holding his hand over the man's nose and mouth at a suburban Cleveland nursing home, police said. The 86-year-old man died a few hours later.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Foster parent charged with murder in kid’s hot car death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


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