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Electric rates not falling along with fuel costs

NEW YORK (AP) - A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren't translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Home cooking expert Cunningham dies at 90

WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Marion Cunningham, the home-cooking champion whose legacy can be found in the food-spattered pages of "Fannie Farmer" cookbooks in kitchens across America, has died at age 90.

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Arcing power lines caused Utah wildfire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah wildfire that destroyed 52 homes and left one man dead was caused by arcing between power transmission lines that were built too closely together and sent a surge to the ground that ignited dry grass, a fire investigator said Wednesday.

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Health care options for young, healthy & broke

WASHINGTON (AP) - They're young, healthy and flat broke - and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars' worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings do?

July 11, 2012 | | Nation


Wildland firefighters win federal health benefits

DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama will make federal health insurance available to about 8,000 temporary wildland firefighters, a White House official said Tuesday.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing

NEW YORK (AP) - Episcopalians approved a church wide ceremony Tuesday to bless same-sex couples, the latest decisive step toward accepting homosexuality by a denomination that nine years ago elected the first openly gay bishop.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


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TEXAS SWITCHES TO 1-DRUG EXECUTION DUE TO SHORTAGE: DALLAS (AP) - Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, announced Tuesday that it would become the latest to switch to single-drug executions amid a drug shortage that has left states scrambling for acceptable alternatives.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


Strip club sues 'Octomom' for cancelled shows

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) - The woman known as "Octomom" is facing a lawsuit after backing out of a deal to strip at a Florida club.

July 10, 2012 | | Nation


NYC rally: The Million Big Gulp March

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if New Yorkers want to kill themselves with sugar - that's their right.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


New York may go smaller with 300-square-foot apartment units

NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe it's the urban dwelling of the future: studio apartments measuring no more than 300 square feet.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Firefighters gain ground but struggle in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Firefighters gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West but struggled in southern Idaho, where winds fanned a fast-moving blaze across nearly 300 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass, authorities said Monday.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


4 suspects linked to Fast and Furious

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities made a rare disclosure Monday linked to the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, revealing identities and requesting the public's help in capturing four fugitives accused in the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent 18 months ago.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Tax cuts for families under $250K

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama, eager to shift election-year attention away from the nation's lackluster jobs market, called on Congress Monday to extend tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year while allowing taxes to rise for households making more.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


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AT&T DROPS LEGAL FIGHT OVER MASS. MAN'S $1M BILL: IPSWICH, Mass. (AP) - AT&T Inc. says it's dropping its legal fight against a Massachusetts businessman whose company was on the hook for a fraudulent million-dollar phone bill.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


Mom questions how daughter shot during hug

DETROIT (AP) - The mother of a Detroit woman shot and killed while dancing with an off-duty police officer questioned Monday why he would carry a loaded gun at a party in his own backyard.

July 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Senators advocating 12-cent gas tax hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Feds: Oil train details not security sensitive

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads sought to keep the material from the public following a string of fiery accidents.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Break-in highlights gun-possessing clergy

PHOENIX (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest responding to a break-in at his downtown Phoenix church grabbed a handgun that police say ended up in the burglar's hands - and was then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Special forces seizes Benghazi suspect in deadly Libya attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. special forces seized a "key leader" of the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attack and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the fiery assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. It was the first breakthrough in the sudden overseas violence in 2012 that has become a festering political sore at home.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘Love thy neighbor’? Nuns sue nearby strip club

STONE PARK, Ill. (AP) - A convent of nuns in suburban Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a neighbor, a strip club they say plays throbbing music while the nuns try to pray.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Small plane crashes into Long Island yard killing pilot

EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) - A pilot radioed for help Tuesday just before his small plane crashed into the yard of a Long Island home and burst into flames, killing him.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Rare stamp sells for $9.5M

NEW YORK (AP) - A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has become the world's most valuable stamp - again.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


DMV: Boy can’t retake license photo in makeup

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says a boy who dresses as a girl may not have his driver's license photo retaken wearing makeup.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


$1.8M house built on park must be removed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A developer who mistakenly built a $1.8 million waterfront house on parkland has been ordered to remove it.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


IRS lost more emails in tea party probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the tea party investigation, congressional investigators said Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


President Obama setting aside massive Pacific Ocean preserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Blind man hears, feels his way to mechanic degree

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A blind New Mexico man who recently earned an auto mechanics degree is looking for a job.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Tornadoes flatten tiny town; 2 dead

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - As two giant tornadoes bore down on this tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, Trey Wisniewski heard the storm sirens, glanced out at the blackening sky and rushed with his wife into their basement.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Cesar Chavez removed from Arizona ballot

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez will be removed from the Democratic primary ballot because of invalid nomination signatures, a judge ruled Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman used Craigslist to find driver for son

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman was jailed after being accused of arranging for her son to travel with a stranger she found on Craigslist.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


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