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House votes to end energy loan guarantee program; bill not likely to pass in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Friday pushed a bill through the House shining a campaign-season light on the most conspicuous failure of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. The bill would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the now-bankrupt solar power company Solyndra LLC and left taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


On Bourbon Street, party but don't preach at night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Bomb threats prompt evacuations at 3 campuses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of people streamed off three college campuses Friday after bomb threats prompted officials to issue evacuation orders for schools in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

JUDGE WEDS COUPLE THEN SENTENCES GROOM TO PRISON: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Talk about the old ball and chain.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Teens sentenced in sex assault-Twitter case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge sentenced two Kentucky teenagers on Friday to community service and sex offender treatment for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl who later identified her attackers on Twitter.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Deena from 'Jersey Shore' gets 2-year ban from bar

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - "Jersey Shore" is over and done in Seaside Heights, but the MTV reality show is still causing aggravation for some folks here.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


California-based anti-Muslim film promoter outspoken critic on Islam

HEMET (AP) - The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

HEARSE PARADE SET IN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY OF HELL: HELL, Mich. (AP) - A parade of hearses is planned this weekend in the Michigan community of Hell was part of an attempt to regain a spot in the record books.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


4 dead, 8 injured after speeding car hits bus stop in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A motorist faces four counts of driving under the influence after his speeding car went airborne Thursday and plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop, killing four pedestrians and injuring eight others.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


NY judge strikes down terror law scholars fear

NEW YORK (AP) - An anti-terrorism law was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who said she saw legitimate fears in claims by journalists, scholars and political activists that they could face indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


US sends Marines to Libya after deadly attack kills American ambassador

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - The U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Officials were investigating whether the rampage was a backlash to an anti-Islamic video with ties to Coptic Christians or a plot to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DA: NYC WORKERS STOLE 100,000 TINY BOOZE BOTTLES: NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say workers at New York's Kennedy airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles and duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume and cigarettes.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Californian confirms role in anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

COPS: MAN TRIED TO PAY BARTENDER WITH HIS OWN CARD: MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say a homeless man broke into a car, stole a credit card and then tried to use it to buy a beer - from the bartender the card belonged to.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


YouTube blocks video inciting violence

NEW YORK (AP) - YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


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Staples to close 225 stores nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) - Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Man denies he’s Bitcoin founder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin denied he had anything to do with the digital currency.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


16th-century ‘rocket cat’ weaponry

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


You can keep your insurance — for now

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration Wednesday announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don't meet requirements of the new health care law.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


West working to pressure Russia

PARIS (AP) - The United States and Western diplomats failed to bring Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers together Wednesday for face-to-face talks on the confrontation in Crimea, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism that an exit strategy was possible. "I'd rather be where we are today than where we were yesterday," he said.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Washington issues first license for legal pot

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state issued its first legal-marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state's ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Deputies shared racist video game

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say deputies of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers shared links to a bloody video game in which players shoot people entering the country illegally, including children and pregnant women.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


SAT essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) - Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Family charged in $ million shoplifting spree

CHICAGO (AP) - A father, mother and daughter from a posh Chicago suburb stole $7 million in merchandise during a decadelong shoplifting spree - traveling to stores nationwide and targeting dolls, toys, cosmetics and other valuables - according to a federal complaint released Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Gambler sues, lost $500,000 playing drunk

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Netanyahu: California can recycle wastewater, desalinate

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: California didn’t weigh water bank’s impact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state judge ruled Wednesday that California water managers failed to consider the environmental impacts of running one of the nation's largest water banks.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


House wants to delay health care penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Wednesday backed a one-year delay in the penalty that individuals would have to pay for failing to sign up for health insurance, the 50th time Republicans have forced a vote to repeal, gut or change the law championed by President Barack Obama.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Congress poised to undo flood law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than two years after Congress approved a landmark bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program, lawmakers are poised to undo many of the changes after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp increases in premiums.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


Target tech chief resigns as firm overhauls security

NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp.'s executive ranks have suffered their first casualty since hackers stole credit card numbers and other personal data of millions of the retailer's shoppers last year.

March 05, 2014 | | Nation


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