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Jean Harris, 'Scarsdale Diet' doctor killer, dies at age 89

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Jean Harris, the patrician girls' school headmistress who spent 12 years in prison for the 1980 killing of her longtime lover, "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman Tarnower, in a case that rallied feminists and inspired television movies, has died. She was 89.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Last ditch effort to avoid fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The end game at hand, the White House and Senate leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday night to prevent middle-class tax increases from taking effect at the turn of the new year and possibly block sweeping spending cuts as well.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Mayor Bloomberg: Keep two NY subway push deaths in perspective

NEW YORK (AP) - For New York City, it wasn't an unusual sight: a possibly mentally ill woman pacing and mumbling to herself on an elevated subway station platform.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


'Fifty Shades' dominates publishing in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - The story of 2012 in publishing was the story of "Fifty Shades of Grey," in more ways than one.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


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ARIZONA SHERIFF AIMS TO PUT ARMED POSSE AT SCHOOLS: PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff has announced plans to deploy an armed volunteer posse to protect Phoenix-area students in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation




Dockworkers strike averted for now

NEW YORK (AP) - Dockworkers along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico agreed Friday to extend their contract for more than a month, averting a weekend strike that could have crippled major ports from Boston to Houston and bottled up billions of dollars' worth of cargo.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Sin City getting ready for New Year’s Eve

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sin City has another New Year's Eve planned with celebrity-studded bashes, exclusive concerts and a rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation's largest.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Senate approves $60.4 billion Sandy aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Friday approved a $60.4 billion emergency spending aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy that had been backed by Senate Democrats.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. dies in Santa Barbara

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who starred in such Westerns as "3 Godfathers" and "Wagon Master," has died. He was 91.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Man pushed to death in front of New York subway train

NEW YORK (AP) - A mumbling woman pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday night, the second time this month someone has been killed in such nightmarish fashion, police said.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Mass shootings voted top 2012 news story

NEW YORK (AP) - The horrific massacre of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, along with other mass shootings, was the top news story of 2012, narrowly edging out the U.S. election, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

December 27, 2012 | | Nation


Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

December 27, 2012 | | Nation


Gun group offers training for Utah teachers

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) - Jessica Fiveash sees nothing wrong with arming teachers. She's one herself, and learned Thursday how to safely use her 9 mm Ruger with a laser sight.

December 27, 2012 | | Nation


Law students charged in Vegas bird beheading

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against two University of California, Berkeley, law school students accused of decapitating an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino earlier this year.

December 27, 2012 | | Nation


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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bail slashed in case of slain trespasser

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Joe Biden defense’ firearm case charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


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