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Half of US counties now considered disaster areas due to ongoing drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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August 01, 2012 | | Nation


Budget-and-tax impasse threatens economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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CRIME

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Modesto housing recovery underway: Prices rose in all major US cities in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


NY couple, 85, to remarry 48 years after their divorce

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - They got hitched while still in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept: Fast & Furious report distorted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers are engaging in distortions by asserting that Operation Fast and Furious arose from a strategy created by the Obama administration.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Is your problem gluten? Or faddish eating?

ATLANTA (AP) - It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Illegal immigrants offered college courses, status aside at UCLA campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As some states make it tougher for illegal immigrants to attend college, a new program is pledging to do the opposite.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dems move to formally back gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Suspect charges: Murder, attempted murder

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes appeared just as dazed as he did in his first court hearing after the deadly Colorado movie theater massacre.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could be descended from African slave

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A team of genealogists has found evidence that President Barack Obama could be a descendent of an African slave - but not through the lineage of his black father, the most likely route researchers had followed and exhausted.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Beach booze bans spreading across US

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sitting in the sun, watching the waves roll in and popping the top on a cold one would seem to be as much a part of the American summer as hot dogs and cookouts.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says racism forced wedding relocation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. theater lacked security, unlike some peers

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Parents charged in death of son

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Biologists ID pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Government funds lawyers for kids

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Deportation of minors won’t stop

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle is not stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Deportation of minors won’t stop

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle is not stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Gambling industry worth $240B, 1.7M jobs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Jailed cop killer is graduation speaker

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


FTC to retailers: Drop caffeinated drawers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Netflix takes aim at theatrical window

NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Apple could be on hook for billions due to illegal tax benefits

BRUSSELS (AP) - Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Court mulls firing for pot use off job

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

CINCINNATI (AP) - Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to entice care providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


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