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Attitudes shift during recession

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation


Town, farmers aim to bust dam to help fish

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - To spawn in Little Bear Creek's west fork, wild steelhead must run a hazardous, 500-mile gauntlet up the Columbia, Snake and Clearwater rivers from the Pacific Ocean that includes sea lions and anglers' lures.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation


Hagel: Top military brass to be cut 20 percent

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday he has ordered 20 percent "across the top" budget cuts for his Pentagon staff and that of his top brass.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation


Judge blasts refusal to review online TV ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals judge warned Tuesday that the revenue streams that finance free television were being undermined by court rulings permitting a startup company to offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation


Spacesuit water leak ends spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In one of the most harrowing spacewalks in decades, an astronaut had to rush back into the International Space Station on Tuesday after a mysterious water leak inside his helmet robbed him of the ability to speak or hear at times and could have caused him to choke or even drown.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation




Nation news briefs

LIZ CHENEY: TIME FOR 'NEW GENERATION' IN US SENATE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Liz Cheney says "it's time for a new generation" in explaining her GOP primary challenge to Wyoming's senior U.S. senator next year.

July 16, 2013 | | Nation


More hardcover copies of Rowling book on way

NEW YORK (AP) - Readers eager for hardcover copies of the detective novel J.K. Rowling wrote under another name will have to wait at least a couple of days.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


AG: Martin killing 'unnecessary shooting'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the killing of Trayvon Martin a "tragic, unnecessary shooting," and said the Justice Department will follow "the facts and the law" as it reviews evidence to see whether federal criminal charges are warranted.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Agency mulls St. Louis taxi 'vomit cleanup' charge request

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The agency that oversees St. Louis' taxi industry appears to be getting sick of passengers vomiting in cabs, and it's looking at charging passengers cleanup fees to pay for the mess.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


FDA clears brain scan to diagnose ADHD in kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first medical scan that can help diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children by measuring brain waves.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with burning girlfriend's son

SAXONBURG, Pa. (AP) - A 7-year-old boy was set on fire and shot with an air gun then left to suffer by his mother's boyfriend, who recorded the alleged attack, according to police in western Pennsylvania.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Wal-Mart, DC faceoff over minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city's effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying to raise pay for low-wage workers - and whether larger companies should be required to pay more.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Man faces trial for shooting teenage neighbor

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jurors were selected Monday in the case of a 76-year-old white man charged with gunning down a 13-year-old black boy last year on a Milwaukee sidewalk over a theft allegation.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, GOP differ on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is using his presidential pulpit to press the Republican-controlled House to embrace a path to citizenship for all 11 million people living illegally in the U.S., while a top Republican says those brought to America as children should be given the highest priority for legalization.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


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Foster baby dies after being left in hot car

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital gunman intended to kill others

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds Fla.’s docs vs. glocks law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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