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WITH BIG WAVES COMING, MAVERICKS CONTEST IS ON: HALF MOON BAY (AP) - With a Pacific storm pushing big waves toward California, organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Texas executes cop killer over Mexico’s protest

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally shot by Seattle police was armed with fake gun

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Suburban Chicago teen, 14, accused in death of girl, 11

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed more than 30 times at the suburban Chicago home where they both lived.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Protesting Utah student pays tuition in $1 bills

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Class aide suspended over racy photos

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts classroom aide who posed for racy modeling photos has been suspended with pay.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


NY boy killed in fire hailed as hero for saving 6

PENFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


Brain-dead woman's fetus 'abnormal'

DALLAS (AP) - The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family's protests is carrying a fetus that is "distinctly abnormal," attorneys for the woman's husband said Wednesday.

January 22, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

POLICE 'LIKE' WANTED PA. SUSPECT'S FACEBOOK POST : FREELAND, Pa. (AP) - Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Bicyclist: Driver didn't see me stuck in windshield

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle."

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama, Pope Francis to meet

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas casinos now accepting Bitcoin

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


\Gay juror was taken off panel improperly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


New videos of Toronto mayor emerge

TORONTO (AP) - A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


ASU fraternity under scrutiny for MLK Day party

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended following accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


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Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Biden checks off another early state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - First, Iowa. Then, South Carolina. Now, New Hampshire.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Lack of snow, warm weather plague Iditarod

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Warm weather continues to play havoc for organizers of the world's most famous sled dog race.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: BUS AIDE STOLE LUNCH MONEY, FOOD FROM PRESCHOOLERS: MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

NEW YORK (AP) - Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


RAISING PAY

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police knew a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting that killed a neighborhood mother of four smoked marijuana before he surrendered during a standoff last week, and investigators questioned him while he was high, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death

MIAMI (AP) - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Pills before, after sex help prevent HIV

SEATTLE (AP) - For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Autistic boy severely beaten in cafeteria

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri sixth-grader with Asperger's syndrome has suffered complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents say.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago mayor forced into April runoff election

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska 3rd state with legal pot

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.

February 23, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of luring girl with snacks, killing her

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man who was released on bond in a burglary case used snacks to lure a 6-year-old girl into his motel room in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson and strangled her, court records say.

February 23, 2015 | | Nation


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