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Half of US counties now considered disaster areas due to ongoing drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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POLITICS

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


Budget-and-tax impasse threatens economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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CRIME

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Modesto housing recovery underway: Prices rose in all major US cities in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


NY couple, 85, to remarry 48 years after their divorce

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - They got hitched while still in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept: Fast & Furious report distorted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers are engaging in distortions by asserting that Operation Fast and Furious arose from a strategy created by the Obama administration.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Is your problem gluten? Or faddish eating?

ATLANTA (AP) - It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Illegal immigrants offered college courses, status aside at UCLA campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As some states make it tougher for illegal immigrants to attend college, a new program is pledging to do the opposite.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dems move to formally back gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Suspect charges: Murder, attempted murder

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes appeared just as dazed as he did in his first court hearing after the deadly Colorado movie theater massacre.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could be descended from African slave

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A team of genealogists has found evidence that President Barack Obama could be a descendent of an African slave - but not through the lineage of his black father, the most likely route researchers had followed and exhausted.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Beach booze bans spreading across US

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sitting in the sun, watching the waves roll in and popping the top on a cold one would seem to be as much a part of the American summer as hot dogs and cookouts.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says racism forced wedding relocation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. theater lacked security, unlike some peers

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Blood clot risk lasts for 12 weeks after pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth - twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


More talking, longer sentences help babies’ brains

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uMAN IS ACCUSED OF CUTTING OFF DOG'S HEAD: PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a machete to decapitate his mother's Chihuahua.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Transgender widow’s legal fight revived

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Northeast is hit by another storm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Yet another storm paralyzed the Northeast with heavy snow and sleet Thursday, giving the winter-weary that oh-no-not-again feeling, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Feds appeal tax sentence of Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Thursday that it's appealing a sentence that included no prison time for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


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