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School leader calls welfare folks ‘lazy pigs’

PHOENIX (AP) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has confirmed he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama sending military advisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP elects McCarthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Presbyterians: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


More vets wait 30 days; some waits shorter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, according to an updated audit of 731 VA medical facilities released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Data: iPhone ‘kill switch’ cuts thefts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Harley-Davidson tests electric motorcycles

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Would a Harley still be a Harley if it didn't have that out-of-my-way rumble and those fat, hydrocarbon-belching exhausts?

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Is extending eagle wind farm eagle permits illegal?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Man cited for warning drivers of checkpoint

CLEVELAND (AP) - A suburban Cleveland man says police violated his First Amendment rights to free speech when they cited him for holding a sign warning motorists to turn if they wanted to avoid a drunken-driving checkpoint.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without Congress’ signoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man held on Nazi death camp charges

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Philadelphia man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Dead dog found in freezer donated to thrift shop

LOMA LINDA (AP) - Southern California authorities say a freezer donated to a thrift shop contained an unwelcome surprise - a dead dog.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Board unwittingly OKs slavery reparations

DALLAS (AP) - Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African-Americans for slavery - without even realizing they had done so.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


1 dead, 2 hurt in fireworks explosion

TENINO, Wash. (AP) - A 74-year-old man injured in an explosion Wednesday morning at a fireworks plant in Washington state died at the scene from his injuries.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Asthma rates drop, experts not breathing easier

NEW YORK (AP) - A new survey suggests asthma in the U.S. may finally be on the decline. But the results are so surprising that health officials are cautious about claiming a downturn.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Maximum for boy in school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge rejected pleas for leniency Wednesday and handed down the maximum sentence for a then-12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bill of Rights to show in UK for first time

LONDON (AP) - Two of the most famous documents in American history - the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence - are going on display in Britain for the first time next year.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon vows to fight FTC on kids in-app purchases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


UK opens probe into Facebook’s psych experiment using 700,000 individuals

LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Venture capitalist snaps up bitcoins worth $19M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is betting that bitcoins will bring more financial stability to countries with shaky economies, even though the digital currency faces an uncertain future itself.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Hotels get overhauls in sign of upswing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Target: Please leave your firearms at home

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio teen overdoses on caffeine

LAGRANGE, Ohio (AP) - The death of a healthy high school student initially baffled the local coroner until testing of a white powdery substance found in his home came back as caffeine.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Referee dies after being punched

DETROIT (AP) - A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona’s London Bridge is not falling

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona (AP) - The London Bridge is not falling down, despite a British tabloid saying that the western Arizona tourist attraction could be bulldozed to make way for drug tourism.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Body of teen swept into storm sewer found

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Searchers recovered the body of a teenager who was swept into a storm drain in Cedar Rapids by fast-moving flood waters, a tragic end to an intense daylong search, authorities said Tuesday.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of poisoning sons with Visine

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Maryland woman poisoned her young sons with eye drops and faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, Pennsylvania police said.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


3 men fatally hit trying to cross Georgia freeway

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Three men who scaled a median and tried to cross about a dozen lanes of a metro Atlanta freeway were struck and killed by a pickup early Tuesday, snarling traffic into rush hour and puzzling police, who said they were unsure why the group made the risky move.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE CHARGE PA. MAN FOUND DRIBBLING ALONG I-78: BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man faces charges after police encountered him dribbling a basketball along Interstate 78 near Bethlehem.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Obama vows to act alone, taunts GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


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