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Celebratory gunshots prove deadly

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) - When a stray bullet pierced the top of Brendon Mackey's head, the 7-year-old was on his way to a July Fourth fireworks celebration with his dad and other family members. He died the next day in a Richmond hospital, a bullet lodged at the base of his skull, sparking a methodical, door-to-door search for a most elusive killer: celebratory gunfire.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Popular singer Eydie Gorme dies at age 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Researchers press for long-term studies

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Scientists studying invasive species at Lake Tahoe are looking forward to a chance to press for more long-term research when Al Gore returns to an environmental summit next weekend that he helped kick off 17 years ago to combat threats to the azure lake's clarity.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mystery of grave next to Oswald’s solved

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, curiosity seekers visiting the Fort Worth, Texas, grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) - A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• VENTURA RESIDENTS WORRIED ABOUT TIGERS MOVING IN: VENTURA (AP) - A Hollywood company that trains white tigers and other animals for movies wants to move into a 19-acre Ventura County property, but neighbors are worried the ferocious felines are dangerous.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


As French idea of restaurant changes, so does nation’s laws

PARIS (AP) - The country that gave us the words restaurant, bistro and cuisine is changing how it eats.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors; bans are increasing

ATLANTA (AP) - First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


NY man arrested 29 times for nabbing subway trains, buses

NEW YORK (AP) - Darius McCollum can explain the complicated workings of the New York City transit system with the precision of a veteran conductor. He knows every subway stop, every line, every train.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Elvis birthplace opens Elvis Week

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - For the 13th year in a row, Les Horne of Oxford, England, began Elvis Week in Tupelo, Miss., at the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Religious family survives being lost at sea for weeks

PHOENIX (AP) - A northern Arizona family has survived being lost at sea for weeks after an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Attorney: Tentative deal in teen suicide

SARATOGA (AP) - The family of a 15-year-old Northern California girl who killed herself after the family says three boys sexually assaulted her and a photo of the attack circulated has reached a tentative settlement with two defendants in a lawsuit over her death, their attorney said Saturday.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DOGS HELP SNIFF OUT OVARIAN CANCER IN PA. STUDY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.

August 09, 2013 | | Nation


Beauty queen charged with possessing bombs

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges of bomb possession Friday against a recently crowned Utah beauty pageant winner.

August 09, 2013 | | Nation


Reid hopes GOP opposition to Obama isn't over race

LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a radio interview in which he lamented the GOP filibusters and a gridlock in Congress, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hopes Republicans who oppose the president do so "based on substance and not the fact that he's an African-American."

August 09, 2013 | | Nation


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Law impacts primary care doc shortage

MIAMI (AP) - When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists.

December 07, 2014 | | Nation


Deaths renew calls for lookalike guns action

CINCINNATI (AP) - Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying lookalike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters.

December 07, 2014 | | Nation


Retailer Delia’s to liquidate operations

NEW YORK (AP) - Delia's said Friday that it plans to liquidate its stores and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


Gas prices below $2 a gallon in Texas and Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


US: Cleveland police poorly trained, reckless

CLEVELAND (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland reached an agreement Thursday to overhaul the city's police department after federal investigators concluded that officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often and have endangered the public and their fellow officers with their recklessness.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Police cases converge to stir national debate

NEW YORK (AP) - From the White House to the streets of some of America's biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations and its corporate culture.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) - With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


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