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Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

CHICAGO (AP) - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor sours on property sale to Vt. governor

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Soon after the successful real estate investor built his McMansion on a rural dirt road here outside Vermont's capital, he began throwing his wealth around, striking a deal to bail out his neighbor from a looming tax sale by buying the man's property for a quarter of its appraised value.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chance for sibling 1st at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal is become the back half of the first set of sibling champions in National Spelling Bee history.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Controversies add to Obama's frustrations

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$1M BAIL FOR MAN ACCUSED IN BABY-FREEZER CASE: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Twister debris would create mile-high pile

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


7 charged in $6B online money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling it perhaps the biggest money laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUSTOMERS SETTLE BILLS FORGOTTEN IN BOSTON BLASTS: BOSTON (AP) - Amid the chaos and fear in the moments after the Boston Marathon explosions, many restaurant customers fled without settling their tabs.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. paid welfare benefits to the dead

BOSTON (AP) - The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Man who disrupted flight says he's bipolar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine for more than a year..

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Primaries offer test of voter ID laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Nannies, babysitters, maids & Social Security

Q: We are going to hire a nanny to help care for our two small children. We have heard different opinions about whether we will have to deduct Social Security taxes from the wages we will be paying this person. Can you please clarify this?

February 28, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation


Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Sotheby’s takes back huge diamond after bidder defaults

NEW YORK (AP) - Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cost of worker housing subsidies plagues Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - As the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston grows, so does the amount of money the city needs to subsidize housing for city employees.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video purports to show high court action

WASHINGTON (AP) - A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in session.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Have it your way at McDonald’s

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Power utility lets customers compare usage to neighbors

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public Service of New Hampshire is looking at whether a little peer pressure can prod people to reduce their electricity use.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


California data breaches hit 21.3 million accounts over two years

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Best Buy returns to profit in 4th Q

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


How corporate America forced veto of Arizona’s bill impacting gay rights

NEW YORK (AP) - When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity of numerous innocent Yahoo users

LONDON (AP) - Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Video of boy stuck in chair prompts investigation

GOODRICH, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan elementary school teacher is fighting efforts to fire her for shooting cellphone video of a student who got stuck trying to squeeze through the back of his chair and allegedly replaying the footage later for her class.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


‘Mein Kampf’ signed by Hitler up for auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is considered one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but an auctioneer says two rare, early editions signed by Hitler could sell Thursday for more than $20,000 at an online auction.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


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