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Iowa case asks: Is it a crime to harass animals?

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors hope to use a rarely enforced federal law to punish two Iowa pilots whose low flying disturbed thousands of resting migratory birds in a case that centers on this question: Is it a crime to harass animals?

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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KIMMEL'S FAT JOKES DON'T BOTHER CHRISTIE: PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says having a sexy television star seated beside him made it easier to absorb the fat jokes Jimmy Kimmel made at his expense during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal problems triples

CHICAGO (AP) - Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment regarding targeted companies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South Central region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe how he would go after companies violating environmental laws.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


With an asterisk, World Trade Center is back on top in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City's tallest skyscraper on Monday. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Edwards’ fate hinges on ex-right-hand man and wife in corruption trial

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Andrew Young first saw John Edwards speak at an oceanfront hotel in 1998. He was captivated by the U.S. Senate candidate's speech and told his future wife Edwards was going to be president someday - and he was going to work for him.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama aide mum on whether US protecting escaped Chinese activist

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese activist on the eve of diplomatic talks between the two world powers.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Maine convents recruiting via Internet

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - When Sister Elaine Lachance devoted herself to a religious life straight out of high school in 1959, her religious order had more than a dozen convents in the U.S. with nearly 260 sisters.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


SUV plunges into Bronx Zoo grounds; 7 killed

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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• VT. HOUSE IN RESOLUTION: THANKS FOR THE M&MS: MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has passed a resolution thanking one of its members for the peanut M&Ms.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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Immigration eases up on minor traffic cases

April 27, 2012 | | Nation


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US TO REMOVE 9,000 MARINES FROM OKINAWA: WASHINGTON (AP) - About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Rebates from health care law will top $1billion for individual policy holders

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 3 million health insurance policyholders and thousands of employers will share $1.3 billion in rebates this year, thanks to President Barack Obama's health care law, a nonpartisan research group said Thursday.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Secret Service investigating misconduct on 2nd overseas trip

WASHINGTON (AP) - Expanding the prostitution investigation, the Secret Service acknowledged Thursday it is checking whether its employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama's visit last year to El Salvador.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States.

April 26, 2012 | | Nation


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Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon is betting that shoppers will pay $20 more for its popular Prime two-day free shipping and video streaming service of movies and TV shows.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


Obama orders review of deportation practices

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


South By Southwest goes on after crash

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Fleeing police, a driver gunned a grey Honda Civic through a street barricade and into a crowd of South By Southwest festival attendees early Thursday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and casting a pall over one of the nation's hippest celebrations of music, movies and technology.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


FDA chief defends Zohydro painkiller

WASHINGTON (AP) - Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug's approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

NEW YORK (AP) - Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Thursday while investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains, some from the 1800s.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


Panel embraces transgender troops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calls on President Barack Obama to lift it.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


Google cameras take Grand Canyon rafting trip

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


Teen who sued parents returns home

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


House race could be warning for Democrats

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) - After months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 3 dead

NEW YORK (AP) - A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about "unbearable" gas smells.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


SC deputy cried after shooting 70-year-old

YORK, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old man during a traffic stop after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop broke down in tears as other officers arrived, according to dashcam video released Wednesday.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Investigators seek cause of SF fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby structures and prompting evacuations as firefighters worked to prevent its spread through a San Francisco neighborhood.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


‘Jeopardy!’ champ Chu unseated after 12-day run

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Girls charged with abusing disabled teen boy

MECHANICSVILLE, Md (AP) - Two teenage girls in southern Maryland bullied an apparently autistic 16-year-old boy into performing sexual acts and crashing through pond ice in episodes they captured on cellphone video, authorities said Wednesday.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


3 who attacked couple went to wrong home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The men accused of severely beating a man and repeatedly sexually assaulting his pregnant wife may have meant to target a different home for a robbery, authorities in Wisconsin said.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


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