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Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard as 20 children die so far

NEW YORK (AP) - From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Lawmakers release documents on Wal-Mart bribery

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s CEO Mike Duke found out in 2005 that the retailer's Mexico unit was handing out bribes to local officials, according to emails obtained by lawmakers.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Biden, NRA clash over new gun control proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

January 10, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff launches patrols outside schools

PHOENIX (AP) - The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like month's attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Man accused of dismembering wife with saw

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man was charged Wednesday with shooting his wife after an argument, sawing her body into pieces and hiding her remains in plastic bins in a friend's garage.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Mom who shot intruder inspires gun control foes

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


US tax code longer than Bible - without good news

WASHINGTON (AP) - Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


50-year blueprint for remaking Detroit revealed

DETROIT (AP) - A 50-year blueprint for revitalizing Detroit, from leveling parts of nearly vacant neighborhoods for parks to relaxing rules for startup companies, was released Wednesday after two years of research and community input.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Biden pledges urgent Obama action on gun control; aware of political minefield

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden vowed urgent action against gun violence in America Wednesday, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Deal in Mass. suit on pregnancy drug

BOSTON (AP) - Four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s reached a settlement Wednesday with Eli Lilly and Co. in the first of scores of similar claims around the country to go to trial.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


National Cathedral starts performing same-sex weddings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NYPD must halt suspicion-less Bronx stop & frisks

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Police Department likely turned a blind eye to violations of the constitutional rights of thousands of individuals detained at private residential buildings in the Bronx in a stop-and-frisk program that's under assault in the courts, a federal judge said Tuesday.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OFFICIALS: US MAY LEAVE NO TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday that it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to keep a lid on al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy against legalization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he's established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


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Reynolds expanding e-cigarette production

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Professor sues student over postings

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) - A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor is suing a former graduate student who posted online comments and videos that the teacher considers defamatory.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Wrong meal led to NYC wife’s death

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City prosecutors say a 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him lentils for dinner instead of the goat he was craving.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


For food poisoning probes, officials look at Yelp for help

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is using a novel way to uncover cases of food poisoning - reading Yelp restaurant reviews.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Adorable bear cub charms police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight: an adorable black bear cub.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Rescued calf gets high-tech prosthetics

HOUSTON (AP) - Hot and tired from a three-hour drive inside a trailer behind a pickup truck, the 600-pound English Charolais calf was content to lay on the grass behind a south Houston building while a team of technicians worked on its hind legs.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Tennessee brings back electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Jet lands with cracked windshield after hailstorm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A US Airways jetliner flew through a hailstorm on its descent into Philadelphia on Thursday landed with a cracked windshield, the airline said.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor sorry for ‘crack hoes’ post

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida prosecutor apologized Thursday for social media posts that included him referring to drug addicts as "crack hoes" and suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment was due to affirmative action.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


30 years’ solitary OK for convicted killer

DENVER (AP) - An appeals court on Thursday denied a request by a federal prisoner convicted of killing three people behind bars to be released from solitary confinement, where he has been held the past 30 years.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


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