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United to let lucky travelers fly on $0 tickets

NEW YORK (AP) - United Airlines said on Friday that it will honor the tickets it accidentally gave away for free.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Agency: Firms can't only use debit cards to pay workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say companies cannot require employees to receive their pay on debit cards, citing complaints from workers of high and unexpected fees on the cards.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele won’t fit on Hawaiian driver’s license

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii woman's last name is a real mouthful, containing 36 characters and 19 syllables in all. And it's so long that she couldn't get a driver's license with her correct name.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Here's a timeline of events leading up to the suicide of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, a 12-year-old Lakeland, Fla., girl who police say jumped to her death after being bullied for months by up to 15 girls. The timeline was provided by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Reno Air Races embraces 50th birthday this week

STEAD, Nev. (AP) - Given the tragic crash that killed a race pilot and 10 spectators two years ago, aviation legend Bob Hoover didn't expect there would be a 50th anniversary of the Reno National Championship Air Races.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Former SF quarterback Steve Young speaks at Mormon conference on gays

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former NFL great Steve Young will be one of the keynote speakers at a three-day conference in Salt Lake City exploring how the Mormon faith is dealing with gays and lesbians.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Florida girl was bullied for months before suicide

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - For nearly a year, as many as 15 girls ganged up on 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and picked on her, authorities say, bombarding her with online messages such as "You should die" and "Why don't you go kill yourself."

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


All-white sororities draw fire

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Several prominent leaders in Alabama weighed in Friday on allegations that all-white sororities passed over two prospective black members because of pressure from alumnae, and in one case, an adviser.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Peace talks? Chemical weapons first

GENEVA (AP) - The top diplomats from the United States and Russia raised hopes Friday for reviving broad talks to end the long and deadly Syrian civil war, even as they struggled to deal with the most notorious part - the use of chemical weapons on civilians. The path to a U.N. resolution on securing those weapons seemed at least somewhat clearer, with the U.S. indicating it could accept an enforcement measure that didn't threaten military retribution.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Kerry talks tough in encounter with Russia

GENEVA (AP) - Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons - and nothing immediately.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama's overhaul.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OHIO WOMAN ACCUSED OF FAKING YOUNG SON'S CANCER: NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations, authorities said.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. mountain flooding kills 3

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


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E3 offers more ways to have fun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Multiplayer action has been part of video-games going back to "Pong," and ever since home consoles went online, few major games are released without some way to compete or cooperate with friends.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation


Samsung tablets to have richer colors in screens

NEW YORK (AP) - New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation


What do you do if confronted by gunman?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - When a gunman menaced a small Seattle college, a student pepper-sprayed the attacker, ending his rampage. Police say his actions probably saved lives.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Bergdahl writing, posts show frustration

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - In Facebook posts written before he vanished from his military base in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke of his frustration with the world and his desire to change the status quo.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Iconic Utah arch could soon close to rope swinging

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One of southern Utah's signature towering arches could soon be closed to rope-swinging and other daredevil activities.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Grad party bonfire blast injures 7

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - A drum of fuel left too close to a bonfire exploded in the desert in southern Nevada this week, injuring seven young people who gathered to celebrate a high school graduation ceremony, fire officials and a witness said.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Cesar Chavez family opposes candidate using name

PHOENIX (AP) - The grandson of Cesar Chavez filed a challenge Tuesday against an Arizona congressional candidate who has been using the farm labor leader's name.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Oil boom good for archaeologists

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Senate GOP blocks student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


US opens probe of air bag ruptures

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether 1.1 million vehicles from five automakers have air bags that could hurt people in a crash.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Vitaminwater fans upset over new sweetener

NEW YORK (AP) - Fans of Vitaminwater are demanding that parent company Coca-Cola drop a new formula that uses stevia, a low-calorie sweetener known for its metallic aftertaste.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trial underway in patent case against Facebook

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Facebook infringed on patents held by a Dutch computer programmer who tried to launch a similar site called "Surfbook" more than a decade ago, according to a lawsuit heard by a federal jury Wednesday.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation


Philippines may make smoking warnings graphic

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Philippine legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would compel cigarette manufacturers to print illustrations of smoking hazards on cigarette packs to curb smoking in a country where tens of thousands die yearly from tobacco-related diseases.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


Move to ensure speedier care for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans' long waits for care at VA hospitals.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


Obesity surgery may ‘cure’ diabetesfor about 15 years

CHICAGO (AP) - Obesity surgery may keep diabetes in remission even after 15 years in some patients, a study suggests.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


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