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BUT WAS HE DRIVING A CHEVY? ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for driving his Chrysler too fast through a school zone in Maine and has paid the levy.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Facebook's CEO holding fundraiser for Gov. Christie

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Facebook's CEO has friended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie again.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP must stop being 'stupid party'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to "stop being the stupid party" on Thursday as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Boeing 787 battery shows short-circuiting

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery that caught fire earlier this month in Boston shows evidence of short-circuiting and a chemical reaction known as "thermal runaway," in which an increase in temperature causes progressively hotter temperatures, federal accident investigators said Thursday.

January 24, 2013 | | Nation


Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, facing off with lawmakers who included potential 2016 presidential rivals.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Federal debt ceiling crisis averted for now as tough spring fight still ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Digital information can be stored in DNA

NEW YORK (AP) - It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Smoke like a man, die like a man.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


US officials defend handling of Boeing 787 battery mishaps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Random alcohol tests for sailors in US

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio couple admits forcing kids into plastic boxes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


40 years later, abortion foes march on

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling that still defines one of the nation's most intractable debates.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


General defers plea at hearing on sex charges

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army general brought back from Afghanistan to face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges deferred entering a plea Tuesday.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


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NC WOMAN SUES NYPD OVER EMPIRE STATE SHOOTING: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the police department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


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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


Judge tosses cannibal-plot case

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York Police Department officer left jail on Tuesday after a judge stunned prosecutors and overturned his conviction in a sensational case accusing him of plotting on the Internet to kidnap, kill and eat young women, including his wife.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Court to hear church’s appeal of sign restrictions

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether an Arizona town violates the First Amendment by restricting where and when a church can place signs advertising Sunday morning services.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Local cyberbullying law invalid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that a local cyberbullying law is overbroad and violates Constitutional free speech protections, noting that "the First Amendment protects annoying and embarrassing speech."

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


12 injured after Philly food truck explosion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A food truck exploded in north Philadelphia Tuesday, injuring 12 people including three who suffered serious burns, police said.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Truckers duped in doctor impersonation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California truck driver pulled into the Blue Beacon Truck Wash in central Pennsylvania and spotted an advertisement for low-cost health exams for truckers. Needing one for his commercial driver's license, he called the number on the sign and was picked up by a woman in an old Ford Tempo.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-New Mexico governor is pot firm CEO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Recalls raise questions about ignition switches

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors issued a new round of recalls for faulty ignition switches this week, but the company says the problem is different than the ignition switch defect that sparked recalls in February. At the same time, Chrysler is recalling vehicles for a similar ignition switch defect.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


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