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Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

MIAMI (AP) - A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Last-minute shoppers get 1-day extension

CHICAGO (AP) - Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Father throws son, himself off building

NEW YORK (AP) - A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Monday.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

HOUSTON (AP) - He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat - though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Notre Dame's injunction request rejected

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge said he doesn't think the University of Notre Dame will succeed in its challenge to a federal health care law requirement that it provide students and employee health plans that cover birth control.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Utah epicenter for food storage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

December 23, 2013 | | Nation


Health plan sticker shock ahead for some

CHICAGO (AP) - As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


BART, union leaders reach pact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The threat of another commute-crippling transportation strike in the San Francisco Bay area receded on Saturday when officials for the region's transit rail system and negotiators for its two largest labor unions said they had resolved the latest sticking point in their months-long negotiations and reached a new contract.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Philanthropy, drinking mix at bar

HOUSTON (AP) - It's become a place where you can eat, drink and be merry - but also give to charity.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Louisiana town stand by reality TV family

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - "Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom uses social media to scatter son’s ashes

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - For 3 ½ years, a black stone urn of C.J. Twomey's ashes has sat on a shelf in his parents' Maine home, not far from the door he walked out of one beautiful April day shortly before shooting himself.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bear’s euthanasia at Tahoe prompts death threats

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe couple filed a police report saying they received numerous death threats and harassing messages after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and euthanized by Nevada wildlife officials.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Man, 3-year-old son dead in 53-story building fall

NEW YORK (AP) - A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.

December 22, 2013 | | Nation


Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

CHICAGO (AP) - The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Students protest gay vice principal's termination

SEATTLE (AP) - Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


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He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine - Arnold Schwarzenegger - are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own - the publicity kind.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) - A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Councilman’s petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions - and thus ended his last re-election bid - in grand style.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Vietnam War veteran gets dying wish to visit Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Trooper killed in shootout

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


US conducts airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher obsessed with pupil, 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


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