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Toothless bank robber says she needed dentures

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


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ALASKA VOLCANO LAVA DOME FORMS, ALERT LEVEL RAISED: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The warning level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised after a new lava dome began forming, indicating the mountain could explode and send up an ash cloud that could threaten aircraft.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


US confirms possible release of Taliban from Gitmo in bid to jump start peace talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release several Afghan Taliban prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


Many resist census race labels

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the 2010 census asked people to classify themselves by race, more than 21.7 million - at least 1 in 14 - went beyond the standard labels and wrote in such terms as "Arab," ''Haitian," ''Mexican" and "multiracial."

January 31, 2012 | | Nation




Romney routs Gingrich in Florida thanks to gender gap

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


World Trade Center design flaw could cost millions on added costs

NEW YORK (AP) - The agency building the new World Trade Center says a design flaw could add millions of dollars to the cost of the complex's signature tower.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


Alaska rep urges federal takeover of Central Park

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - When Alaska state Rep. Kyle Johansen penned a resolution to urge the federal government to take over New York's Central Park, he may not have expected a hearing on the issue let alone a mention in The New York Times.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Water trucked to nearly bone-dry Texas town

SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) - Under dark clouds and rain, two tanker trucks for the first time delivered thousands of gallons of water Monday to a Texas town that came precariously close to becoming the state's first community to run out of water during a historic drought.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Many federal workers out-earn private sector labor plus more generous pensions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average federal worker earns about 2 percent more than a private sector worker in a comparable profession, though the government's generous pension system means that overall compensation is significantly higher, a government study released Monday said.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


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DETROIT HIT MAN SAYS KID IS INNOCENT: IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit hit man in prison for eight murders said he's willing to publicly take responsibility for four more to help clear a young man who claims he's innocent of the slayings and confessed at age 14 only to satisfy police.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dentist who used paper clips gets year in jail

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A former Massachusetts dentist was sentenced to one year in jail Monday for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.

January 30, 2012 | | Nation


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CONGRESS TRIES TO POLICE ITSELF ON INSIDER TRADING: WASHINGTON (AP) - Aware that most Americans would like to dump them all, members of Congress hope to regain some sense of trust by subjecting themselves to tougher penalties for insider trading and requiring that they disclose stock transactions within 30 days.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


Time short for Gingrich to close gap in Florida as Romney surges ahead in latest voter polls

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney on Sunday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before Tuesday's pivotal presidential primary.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


Nearly 100,000 gather for St. Louise parade honoring 600 veterans to mark Iraq War’s end

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans.

January 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Study: Blue whales at risk of hitting ships

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: ‘Spider-Man’ slugged officer

NEW YORK (AP) - A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


No arrests in hunt for carjack killers of three

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, entered its third day Sunday as officials offered a $110,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital suspect charged with murder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


No arrests yet in scam targeting illegal kids

HOUSTON (AP) - Scammers have been preying on the relatives of unaccompanied young migrants being held at two U.S. military bases by conning them into paying nonexistent fees to be reunited with their loved ones, officials said.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


FIRST BUMPS ARE HEALTHY

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians

CHICAGO (AP) - A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


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


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