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STUDY OF 'METH BABIES' FINDS BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: CHICAGO (AP) - The first study to look at methamphetamine's potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other children.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

March 17, 2012 | | Nation


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BERKELEY HIRES LAW FIRM FOR PROBE OF POLICE CHIEF: BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley officials have hired a law firm to investigate an order by the city's police chief that sent an officer to a reporter's home after midnight to request changes in a story.

March 16, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer: Afghanistan suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians was loath to deploy

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend had been reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment and had been staying in a camp where someone was "gravely injured" the day before the shooting, a Seattle lawyer said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Young people not so 'green' compared to older generations

CHICAGO (AP) - They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Militia group wants to arrest Neighborhood Watch leader that shot & killed unarmed youth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Members of a self-described black militia group will attempt a citizen's arrest on a white neighborhood watch leader who has admitted to fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen in an Orlando suburb, but has not been charged, a leader of the group said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

ROSEWELL, NM (AP) - Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


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STUCK MONT. MAN KEPT WITS BY PLAYING 'ANGRY BIRDS' : HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A man stranded for three days on a snowy mountain road in Montana attributed his survival to God, a rationed supply of beef jerky and the video game "Angry Birds" that he played on his cellphone to keep his wits.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Federal prosecutor taken off cases after paper Web posts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal prosecutor in New Orleans has been removed from cases after acknowledging he has been anonymously posting comments on a newspaper's website about targets of federal probes, politicians, judges and even his own colleagues, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Utah boy, 8, takes his 5-year-old sister on joyride

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - An 8-year-old Utah boy made sure he and his 5-year-old sister buckled up before heading out on a middle-of-the-night drive in their mother's minivan, but they didn't get far.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Guns not best defense against angry bear

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - While bringing a gun to a bear fight may seem like a solid way to win, experts say the gun largely provides a false sense of security - and would be similar to trying to shoot, and stop, a small car careening toward you at speeds of up to 35 mph.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


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REIGNING "WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG" DIES IN CALIFORNIA: HANFORD (AP) - When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Serial murder suspect says he needed to kill

SANTA ANA (AP) - An Iraq war veteran indicted in the murders of six people in Orange County, including four homeless men, told a police detective after his arrest that he joined the Marine Corps because he needed to kill, according to court documents obtained by the Orange County Register .

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Thieves rolling Tide detergent out of stores

WASHINGTON (AP) - When police in suburban Washington raided the home of a suspected drug dealer last fall, they found the cocaine, all right, but also something unusual on the man's shelves: nearly 20 large bottles of liquid Tide laundry detergent.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Air Force Base fined for vacuuming up mercury

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A whistleblower claims that officials at Utah's Hill Air Force Base failed to report a massive mercury spill in 2007 and instead ordered untrained workers to remove the hazardous material with vacuum cleaners. The base could now face millions of dollars in fines.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Mom talking to daughter as teen falls off cliff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Washington teenager was on the phone with her mother as she hiked alone on a mountain in Alaska, saying she was nervous about the slippery terrain before her mother heard a scream, and then silence. The 18-year-old had fallen 30 feet from a cliff.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


AMA: Classify cheerleading as a sport

CHICAGO (AP) - The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Philly-area school has 14 sets of twins graduating

WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) - Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Father killed daughter’s abuser

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of going on a shooting spree in a rural community was charged Monday with killing the man who molested his daughter more than a decade ago and trying to kill a stepdaughter's boyfriend.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family helped jail O.J. Simpson

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, Fred Goldman was adamant that he would never rest until he had held O.J. Simpson accountable for the killings of his son Ron and Simpson's ex-wife 20 years ago - even if a jury had acquitted the former football star.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officer says he didn’t refuse to work pride parade

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on leave for refusing an assignment to work a gay pride parade last weekend said Monday that his client has been defamed by inaccurate comments made by the police department.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• VIEWERS OF ONLINE GAME REPORTED BREAK-IN: TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - People watching a video feed of a woman playing an online game called authorities to report seeing a home invasion taking place in the woman's apartment, police said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


New patients wait 56 days in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patients seeking care through the VA's Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System waited an average of 56 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor - four times longer than the department's goal.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Cop killers had anti-government view

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said Sunday.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


Aid targeted for Arizona site holding solo illegal migrant kids

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Officials are working to improve conditions at a makeshift holding center in southern Arizona where immigration authorities are housing hundreds of unaccompanied migrant minors.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


Texas is last stop in final tour for country star George Strait

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people with duet after duet with some of the biggest names in country music.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


Nearly a million ballots still to count

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a million ballots cast in Tuesday's primary election have not been counted yet, Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported Friday.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


SAVING SGT. BERGDAHL

WASHINGTON (AP) - That feel-good moment in the Rose Garden seems like a long time ago. Just a week after the president announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been freed in Afghanistan, details emerging about the soldier, the deal and how the rescue came together are only adding to the list of questions.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


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