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RARE 1792 PENNY SELLS FOR $1.15 MILLION: SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) - When is a penny worth $1.15 million? When it is a rare experimental penny minted in 1792.

April 20, 2012 | | Nation


Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July

WASHINGTON (AP) - For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

April 20, 2012 | | Nation




White House defends Secret Service chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House expressed renewed confidence Thursday in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of a sordid prostitution scandal that has threatened to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key lawmaker who oversees the Secret Service predicted more firings there soon.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Honda appeal seeks to reverse hybrid owner's award in California claims court

TORRANCE (AP) - Lawyers for American Honda Motor Co. returned to court Thursday to try to overturn a highly publicized small claims court award to a woman who sued over the fuel economy of her hybrid Honda Civic.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Cruise line: Captain never told of disabled boat seen by passengers

RIO HATO, Panama (AP) - A Panamanian man and his two friends had been drifting for 16 days in an open fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean when they saw a huge white ship. They would be saved, they thought, and Adrian Vasquez began waving a dark red sweater.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Dismissal of 2 Haditha Marines sought

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy on Thursday initiated dismissal proceedings against two Marines from a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005, saying they lied to military investigators after the massacre.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


2011 was worst measles year in 15 years

ATLANTA (AP) - Last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years, health officials said Thursday.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Subway plotter: We wanted to spread panic

NEW YORK (AP) - An admitted al-Qaida recruit testified Wednesday that he and two friends were determined to "weaken America" by strapping on suicide bombs and attacking New York City subways around the eighth anniversary of 9/11, but now hopes for redemption.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


New military photo scandal: Panetta apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized Wednesday for gruesome, newly revealed photographs that show U.S. soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan. He said war can lead young troops to "foolish decisions" and expressed concern the photos could incite fresh violence against Americans.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


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TRANSCANADA SUBMITS NEW ROUTE FOR OIL PIPELINE: WASHINGTON (AP) - The company planning the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline has proposed a new route through Nebraska that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


3 agents out in wake of Secret Service scandal involving hiring prostitutes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The prostitution scandal at the Secret Service claimed its first casualties Wednesday. The agency announced three agents are leaving the service, even as separate U.S. government investigations were under way. The tawdry episode took a sharp political turn when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would fire the agents involved.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Secret Service calls Ted Nugent over anti-Obama screed at NRA gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rocker and gun rights champion Ted Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama's "evil, America-hating administration" - comments some critics interpreted as a threat against the president.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


'World's oldest teenager' Dick Clark dead at 82

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and producer who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand" and rang in the New Year for the masses at Times Square, has died. He was 82.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Credit card late payments up in 4Q from 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Americans took on more credit card debt and failed to make timely payments in the final quarter of 2013, when consumers typically crank up spending on holiday shopping.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rock thrower shot to death by agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


What can unite liberals & tea partyers? The NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Confederate submarine made history 150 years ago Monday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - On a clear, moonlight night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Navy ready to deploy laser for 1st time

BATH, Maine (AP) - Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Stimulus bill effective

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Volunteers pack 2 million meals

NOVI, Mich. (AP) - They came from all walks of life - Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices, Zumba classes - to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they'll never meet.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten pants reach groom in Costa Rica

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota clothier spared no expense after a customer forgot his wedding pants in a changing room and flew off to get married in Costa Rica.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pharmacy responds to execution drug suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma pharmacy has submitted a sealed response to a Missouri death row inmate's lawsuit accusing it of illegally providing Missouri with a made-to-order drug to be used in his lethal injection.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama visits Sunnylands twice in less than a year

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - With two visits in less than a year to the sprawling Sunnylands estate in Southern California, President Barack Obama is helping to fulfill the dream of the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who hoped the desert property they used as a winter home would become the "Camp David of the West."

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


LA skyscraper cited for cell phone disruptions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles skyscraper has been cited for failing to change its light bulbs. The FCC says they're interfering with cellphones.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: ARIZONA WALMART SHOOTING WAS SELF-DEFENSE: PHOENIX (AP) - A man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense, Chandler police said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


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