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The fight for votes in Pennsylvania: Is it a pivotal state?

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - Rip Scott regrets his 2008 presidential vote for Barack Obama. The 60-year-old real estate company owner is going home to his Republican Party this year. Here in Philadelphia's suburbs where Pennsylvania political fights can be won or lost, Scott's reversal is the evidence Mitt Romney is looking for to merit his sudden, eleventh-hour sortie into the state.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

NEW YORK (AP) - Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Fuel shortage means gridlock in lines for gas

NEW YORK (AP) - When it came to fuel supplies and patience, the New York metro area was running close to empty Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Pastor charged with killing fiancee's daughter

BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - As police frantically worked to figure out how his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter had vanished, a Michigan pastor who had turned to God to shed his violent past went to his flock with a request: pray for her.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


US officials: No delays in rescue effort in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday, as they laid out a detailed timeline of the CIA's immediate response to the attack from its annex less than a mile from the diplomatic mission.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Storm-wracked states prepare for Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Exasperation builds on in storm-stricken NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Frustration - and in some cases fear - mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy. Traffic backed up for miles at bridges, large crowds waited impatiently for buses into Manhattan, and tempers flared in gas lines.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE CALLED FOR SHOT WOMAN FIND HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama were called to what looked like a woman shot dead in her car but found a Halloween reveler they described as drunk and passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


NYC boys found dead, swept away from mother by raging storm waters

NEW YORK (AP) - Two young brothers swept from the arms of their mother by the violent sea at the height of Superstorm Sandy were found dead in a marsh Thursday, a tragic exclamation mark on an epic storm.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


New York struggles back 2 days after killer storm leaves72 dead in its wake

NEW YORK (AP) - Flights resumed, but slowly. The New York Stock Exchange got back to business, but on generator power. And with the subways still down, great numbers of people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in a reverse of the exodus of 9/11.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Insurer won't cover armed Pinal posse

PHOENIX (AP) - An insurance pool that covers sheriff's volunteers in 11 of Arizona's 15 counties is changing its policies to exclude an armed volunteer posse that the state's second most famous sheriff plans to deploy to scan the desert for smugglers.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: OK with new review of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it does not object to reopening a Christian college's challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Man has stroke at work at university, spends 5 days alone before dying in office

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A computer specialist had a stroke in his office but wasn't discovered until five days later, then died at a hospital, relatives and authorities said Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska's Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption - 100 years ago.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


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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


Mummified body found in SUV at home

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The body of a woman whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago was found in a sport utility vehicle parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Splitsvillle for Girl Scouts, Barbie?

NEW YORK (AP) - America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: ‘I’ve got (Latinos) back’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


State analysts doubt CHP aircraft need

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's fleet of airplanes and helicopters may be getting old, but state lawmakers should not fund the purchase of replacements until the state police force justifies why it needs 26 new aircraft, according to the independent Legislative Analyst's Office.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Costs growing concern in college picks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Judge’s online comments investigated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


El Nino brewing? Is so, good news for California

SAN FRANCISO (AP) - Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Albertsons parent to buy Safeway

PLESANTON (AP) - Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner several supermarket chains.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


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