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COURT RULING ON ILL. GUN BAN SETS STAGE FOR FIGHT: CHICAGO (AP) - Backers of Illinois' ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the nation's last such prohibition as unconstitutional and ordered the state to craft a law allowing it.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Christie: My weight no bar to presidency

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he is "more than a little" overweight - but fit enough to be in the White House.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


10 arrested in cybercrime ring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ten people have been arrested as part of an investigation into international cybercrime rings that steal millions of computer users' credit card, bank account and other personal information, the FBI said.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Marine who died in Iraq won't get Medal of Honor

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The secretary of defense has denied a request to upgrade a fallen Marine's Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor, a San Diego congressman's office said Wednesday.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Whites no longer a majority in US by 2043

WASHINGTON (AP) - White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That's part of a historic shift that already is reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate, and is redefining long-held notions of race.

December 12, 2012 | | Nation


Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


At least 1 dead in Portland area mall shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A gunman opened fire in a Portland, Ore., area shopping mall Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding an unknown number of others, sheriff's deputies said.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Court strikes down Illinois' concealed carry ban

CHICAGO (AP) - In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal - and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Florida executes ex-cop for killing 9 in 1986

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed Tuesday after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

KAYAKER DIES IN SHASTA COUNTY CREEK: REDDING (AP) - Officials plan to conduct an autopsy on the body of a San Jose woman who died after her kayak flipped over and was pushed against a rock in a Shasta County creek.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Cannon used to shoot drugs into US

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country - a cannon.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

ARIZ. HOME: 'DITTO' TO NEIGHBOR'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman who knew she couldn't compete head on with her neighbor's elaborate Christmas light display is attracting attention for her response.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Va. gas line explodes, burns homes and roads

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least an hour, melting guardrails and pavement on a swath of Interstate 77.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


Parents fight for release of son jailed in Mexico. shotgun barrel is inch too short

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida family is fighting to get their son, a Marine veteran, released from a prison in a dangerous area in Mexico while facing charges that he carried across the border a shotgun with a barrel that's an inch too short.

December 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Wyoming top in CO2 per person

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Noah’s ark project spurred by debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The founder of a Bible-themed museum who recently debated evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said Thursday that the widely watched event helped to boost enthusiasm among followers who invested in a project to build a 510-foot Noah's Ark.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Clay Aiken officially joins congressional race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed Thursday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Married man becomes Maronite Catholic priest

ST. LOUIS (AP) - When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cracks force closure of $60M Texas HS stadium

ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


5 San Francisco officers indicted by feds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, charging two with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


FDA snoops on whistleblowers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Texas officers suspended for homeless sign competition

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn't violate any city law.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Soldier accused of avoiding flag salute

DENVER (AP) - A photo posted on Instagram that appeared to show a soldier deliberately avoiding saluting the flag touched off a military investigation and a storm of criticism.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Parents upset: Man takes wrong kid home

STERLING, Conn. (AP) - Parents in a small eastern Connecticut town are demanding action by local officials after a man went to a school to pick up his great-grandson and took the wrong child home, possibly because the boys were wearing similar hats.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Keystone contractor followed federal rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department's inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and disappointed critics.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


FINGERPRINT SECURITY

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


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