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Shell begins oil drilling off Alaska coast

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - More than four years after Royal Dutch Shell paid $2.8 billion to the federal government for petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea, a company vessel on Sunday morning sent a drill bit into the ocean floor, beginning preliminary work on an exploratory well 70 miles off the northwest coast of Alaska.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Dorothy McGuire of McGuire Sisters dies

PHOENIX (AP) - Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died. She was 84.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Images, not frequency, make NYC twisters notable

NEW YORK (AP) - Most people wouldn't say New York and tornado in the same breath.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Treasury to cut AIG stake below half in $18B sale

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. government is selling more of its shares in insurer American International Group Inc., in a move that should decrease its holdings below a majority stake for the first time since the $182 billion bailout in 2008.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


President Obama cracks a birther joke

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It's that birther thing again.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• OBAMA GETS A RISE OUT OF A FLA. SUPPORTER: FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


WTC memorial magnificent but it comes at a steep price

NEW YORK (AP) - With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Status of World Trade Center site, 11 years after the attack

NEW YORK (AP) - Eleven years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the new multibillion-dollar World Trade Center once again dominates the lower Manhattan skyline. Hundreds of construction workers are at the 16-acre site every day, and tourists snap thousands of photos of the two towers that are nearing completion.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Number of visitors to Pa. Flight 93 memorial grows

PITTSBURGH (AP) - More and more people are visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural western Pennsylvania, authorities say, and new construction is scheduled to begin next year.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Questions & answers on 9/11 war crimes trial

The U.S. is for a second time attempting to prosecute five prisoners held at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for planning and aiding the Sept. 11 attacks, charging them with war crimes in a special tribunal for wartime offenses known as a military commission. Here's an update.

September 10, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Nation


Key facts about 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

(AP)- Some key information about the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which went into effect a year ago to aid ground zero responders and others who became ill after being exposed to dust and ash at the World Trade Center site:

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


SEAL explains why bin Laden dangerous when he was killed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette says SEALs raiding Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout last year shot him dead instead of capturing him because his arms were hidden and may have been holding weapons.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Obama to observe 9/11 anniversary in Washington

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - President Barack Obama will mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a series of commemorations in and near Washington.

September 10, 2012 | | Nation


Gloomy jobs report shadows race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A dismal new snapshot of jobs in America shadowed the presidential campaign on Friday, testing the voter patience that will save or sink President Barack Obama's re-election bid. Seizing on the timing, Republican Mitt Romney said Obama's convention party had given way to quite a "hangover."

September 07, 2012 | | Nation


Ryan: Don't interfere with legalized medical pot

DENVER (AP) - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told a Colorado television station that he thinks the federal government shouldn't interfere with states that have legalized medical marijuana.

September 07, 2012 | | Nation


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‘Pandemonium’ reported on turbulent flight

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A crew member remained hospitalized Tuesday after violent turbulence triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings and sent passengers and crew flying through the cabin, according to company representatives and passengers.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Online MD reviews: Cars, movie sites more popular

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews - and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mom buys all of store’s ‘indecent’ T-shirts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Coca-Cola’s profit fizzles as soda sales slow

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola's fourth-quarter profit fell as the world's biggest beverage maker once again sold less soda in North America.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget office: Minimum wage hike plan would lift pay, cost 500K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Candy’ Crush Saga’ maker King Digital planning $500 million IPO

NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind "Candy Crush Saga" is going public, hoping the popularity of its addictive online game will translate to sweet returns for itself and its investors.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Credit card late payments up in 4Q from 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Americans took on more credit card debt and failed to make timely payments in the final quarter of 2013, when consumers typically crank up spending on holiday shopping.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rock thrower shot to death by agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


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