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Holder contends discriminatory laws don’t need defending

WASHINGTON (AP) - State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FIRST COLORADO COUNTY REPORTS POT TAXES: DENVER (AP) - A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Confused Japanese tourists trigger pursuit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Burlesque bump-and-grind booming across US

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A jazzy band behind her and 100 people crowded into a bar before her, the evening's emcee walked on to stage wearing a Victorian outfit of corsets, bustles, bloomers and a feathered hat.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Sparks school shooter’s parents help fight bullies

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old Sparks boy who shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before turning the gun on himself have donated nearly $14,000 to an anti-bullying program in a partnership with the school district.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine brings tough challenge to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A successful Olympics behind him, President Vladimir Putin is facing what may become the most dramatic challenge of his rule: how to respond to the turmoil in Ukraine, a country he has declared vital for Russia's interests, which is home to millions of Russian-speakers and hosts a major Russian navy base.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Is preschooler obesity falling?

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Court seems divided in climate case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Longest-serving congressman to retire

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) - Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Polio-like illnesses called ‘rare’ occurrence

STANFORD (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after daughter’s first-date death

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who got out of her father's SUV to pose for photos with a boy after her first date was struck and killed by the vehicle, police said Monday, and her father was charged with DUI.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• PREMIUMS MAY RISE FOR 11 MILLION WORKERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Climate case looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) - The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Wood burning rule prompts backlash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee

NEW YORK (AP) - A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Frontline focuses on ‘Growing Up Trans’

NEW YORK (AP) - "Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Conservative churches confront new reality

DALLAS (AP) - At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


NC prison worker accused of helping inmate escape

POLKTON, N.C. (AP) - A kitchen worker at a North Carolina prison was charged Sunday with helping a convicted murderer escape as the search for ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


Inmate to plead guilty in federal prison guard’s Atwater killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An inmate at a federal prison in central California has agreed to plead guilty to killing a correctional officer seven years ago ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station, cargo lost

HOUSTON (AP) - An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


2nd escaped murderer is shot, captured

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) - A three-week manhunt that began with a brazen prison break involving stolen power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger ...

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


National Comedy Center promises laughs

JAMESTOWN, New York (AP) - Did you hear the one about Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield and Andy Kauffman performing on the same stage?

June 28, 2015 | | Nation


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