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Ukraine signs historic EU pact, snubbing Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) - Over Russia's objections, Ukraine's new president on Friday signed a free-trade deal binding his country more closely to Western Europe, sealing the very agreement that triggered the bloodshed and political convulsions of the past seven months.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Nigerian intelligence: We warned malls

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people this week.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


FAA, developers clash over tall buildings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country - a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers, local officials and members of Congress who say it will hurt property values.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on big sodas canned in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - Big sodas can stay on the menu in the Big Apple after New York state's highest court refused Thursday to reinstate the city's first-of-its-kind size limit on sugary drinks. But city officials suggested they might be willing to revisit the supersize-soda ban.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


MEDAL OF HONOR

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles insisted Thursday that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

DENVER (AP) - When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court's decision in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Pot advocates deliver petitions for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 - far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) - Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sudanese Christian woman freed again

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Cameron isolated in EU leader search

BRUSSELS (AP) - Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have profound consequences.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Jordanian Radical cleric acquited in 1 case

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A military court on Thursday acquitted a radical Jordanian preacher known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida rhetoric of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postponed a ruling on other terrorism charges.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


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Woman treads water for 3 hours

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Probation for stealing $460K in quarters

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Psych drug ER trips near 90,000 a year

CHICAGO (AP) - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officers, suspect burned in confrontation

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


RECIPE FOR HIGHER SALES

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


PC shipment slump ends

CUPERTINO (AP) - A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Game-changing Grand Canyon plane crash

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of the victims who gazed out over the east rim of the canyon Tuesday tried to imagine their loved ones' final moments in a disaster that helped overhaul U.S. aviation safety.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Police said mom killed 6 newborns so she could continue taking meth

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


After Detroit, Flint ponders bankruptcy

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - As Detroit struggles to climb out of bankruptcy, another Michigan city with strong ties to the auto industry may be about to fall into the same hole.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found

ATLANTA (AP) - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor among 1st buyers of legal pot

SEATTLE (AP) - Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDERAL JUDGE STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH BLOG POST: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Officer wanting ‘0INK’ triggers vanity plate row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only

ATLANTA (AP) - More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


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