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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Forty years ago, "Jaws" thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in the ocean were slim to none.

August 27, 2015 | He turns into a hunter and then an advocate | Nation

On-air shooter vowed to make ‘headlines’

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie

CHICAGO (AP) - The question of when lawyers cross the line from zealously defending their clients to fabricating evidence is the focus of a rare trial in Chicago, where an attorney is accused of coaching defendants and witnesses to lie.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Plague claims 4th life this year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Teacher tardy 111 times, keeps job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell phone service

NEW YORK (AP) - Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Apple shipped 3.6M watches last quarter

CUPERTINO (AP) - A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter - more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

August 27, 2015 | | Nation

Police investigate Chicago cop’s Ferguson shooting comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police said Wednesday that the head of the department has ordered the investigation of an incident in which a white officer tells a man shooting a video that Michael Brown "deserved" to be shot last year in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Feds take case of ‘dark’ humor preschool threat on Facebook

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has a dark sense of humor and didn't plan to carry out the threat.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Mormons will keep affiliation with Scouts despite gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders - preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fate of Nebraska’s death penalty likely to go to voters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has collected more than enough signatures to stop its repeal and place the issue before voters in 2016.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Pot tax may fund county scholarships

DENVER (AP) - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fired reporter kills 2 on live TV

MONETA, Va. (AP) - He planned it all so carefully - a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later, he shared his own recording of the killing worldwide on social media.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Bill would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per pack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters say would curb smoking deaths and critics argue would place an unnecessary burden on consumers and small businesses.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

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Hunter escapes attack; shoves arm down bear’s throat

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

Publisher apologizes for calling slaves ‘workers’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - One of the biggest publishers in the U.S. apologized Monday for calling slaves brought to America "workers" in a geography textbook ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

Lady Gaga felt alive on ‘Horror Story’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Appearing in the new season of "American Horror Story" was a life boost for Lady Gaga.

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

Nurse learns patient dying from hit-and-run is her brother

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - A Southern California nurse said she was working in the emergency room when she learned a patient dying from a hit-and-run ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

$43 million in California fire prevention money unspent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent despite bone-dry conditions across much of ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

Teen driver charged with manslaughter for 5 death

IRVINE (AP) - An unlicensed teenage driver who was at the wheel during a fiery freeway crash in Irvine last year that killed five of his ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation

Competition brings awareness about breastfeeding in public

COLD SPRING, Ky. (AP) - It is safe to say Cold Spring did not win a recent international competition to see which site could gather the ...

October 05, 2015 | | Nation


ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation - nine people shot dead at a community college. For many Americans it was ...

October 03, 2015 | | Nation

Army dropout, studied mass shooters

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot ...

October 03, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff maintains support for gun rights

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - This small town in southern Oregon's timber country strongly supports gun rights, and that hasn't changed for the county's ...

October 03, 2015 | | Nation

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